Yesterday we learned that the Orioles are close to naming Dan Duquette as their next general manager. O's owner Peter Angelos reportedly wanted to avoid hiring a GM who had recently been fired by another team and Duquette, who was removed as Red Sox GM in March of 2002, fits the bill. Here's the latest from Baltimore..
- Roch Kubatko of MASNSports believes that the new GM needs to increase the club's international presence, stating that "someone needs to build a pipeline to Venezuela."
- The Red Sox likely wouldn't have won two World Series titles if Duquette had remained general manager, in Rob Neyer's mind, but he does point out that a roster largely constructed by Duquette won 93 games the year after his departure. Neyer wonders if anyone can succeed under Angelos.
- Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston runs down some of Duquette's triumphs and failures in his time as GM of the Red Sox from 1994-2002, specifically mentioning his subpar people skills.
- Duquette is meeting with Peter Angelos this morning and it still looks good for him to get the offer, tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.
- According to an industry source, the Orioles did not offer Dan Duquette the GM job during Saturday's meeting, tweets Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. However, there is still the sense that they will offer Duquette the position.