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Dan Duquette: Orioles won't pursue Jose Bautista because he is a 'villain in Baltimore'

Dan Duquette: Orioles won't pursue Jose Bautista because he is a 'villain in Baltimore'

There’s one free-agent outfielder that executive vice president Dan Duquette is making clear the Orioles are not interested in signing.

The agent of veteran slugger Jose Bautista has reached out to the Orioles on numerous occasions, including at this week’s winter meetings. But Duquette said he has rebuffed him at every turn because he knows that the team’s fan base would not be receptive to any notion of pursuing Bautista.

“That’s true,” Duquette told The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday morning. “That’s true. The agent called and I said, ‘Really? Jose is a villain in Baltimore and I’m not going to go tell our...

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