I learned long ago not to handicap things in this job. Because you never know what will happen to make things change.
The likelihood of executive vice president Dan Duquette leaving the Orioles to become president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays seems greater now than it has at any point since the issue surfaced in December.
It’s still hard to characterize exactly what’s going on in the "Dan Duquette to Toronto" controversy, but the Orioles have at least spoken with the Blue Jays about individual names now – and that takes this head-shaking situation a little further.
With their top free-agent choice for an outfield spot, Colby Rasmus, now off the board after he signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Houston Astros, the Orioles will continue to explore other available options.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette still is not commenting about the possibility that he could leave the organization to become the president and chief executive officer of the Toronto Blue Jays.
I spoke to Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette briefly this afternoon -- and his stance about his interest/involvement concerning the Toronto Blue Jays’ president and chief executive officer job remains the same. He is not commenting.
Now that five of the 11 arbitration-eligible Orioles have signed and the other six have submitted their salary figures for this season, it becomes a little easier to figure out what this year’s payroll is going to be.
Based on the way salaries are structured in Major League Baseball, with players getting large raises after accruing three years of big-league service time, the Orioles knew they’d be doling out millions of dollars for arbitration-eligible players this winter.