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How much are Dan Duquette and other top execs really worth?
How much are Dan Duquette and other top execs really worth?

The Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of Dan Duquette has become a fascinating story on many levels, but one question keeps hitting me amid all the will-he-or-won’t-he speculation: What is Duquette actually worth? It’s a more nebulous issue than you might think. When we analyze player-for-player transactions, we do so based on thousands upon thousands of past deals and on wide-ranging, fairly precise tools for measuring performance. Even so, trades are an inexact science at best, with the full implications often unclear for years. So start from that base and then consider how little precedent we have with executive-for-player deals and how imprecisely we measure executive...

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