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Dan Duquette, who left Baltimore on Friday after a strong interview with Orioles officials concerning their open GM job, is returning this afternoon and is expected to meet with them again this evening, according to an industry source.

ESPN's Tim Kurkjian reported that the meeting is to finalize a contract.

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An industry source said no offer has been extended to Duquette at this time, but that could change very soon.

Duquette, 53, built his reputation by constructing a surprisingly good team in Montreal from 1991 to 1994 before taking over the Boston Red Sox in his native state.

Duquette led the Red Sox for eight years before being fired in 2002. He basically built the foundation of the club that won two World Series after his departure. His trade of reliever Heathcliff Slocumb for pitcher Derek Lowe and catcher Jason Varitek in 1997 will go down as one of the most lopsided deals in Red Sox history. And Duquette twice traded for perennial All-Star pitcher Pedro Martinez, once for Boston and once for Montreal.

Duquette's tenure with the Red Sox was also marked with a public brashness that included his now-famous quote about letting star pitcher Roger Clemens go via free agency in the "twilight of his career." Clemens pitched 11 more seasons and won four Cy Young Awards after that declaration.

Since Duquette left the Red Sox, he has worked with various minor league operations and currently runs the Dan Duquette Sports Academy in Hinsdale, Mass. He also interviewed this winter for the Los Angeles Angels' GM position that ultimately went to Jerry Dipoto.

If hired, he would be the second member of the Duquette family to hold an executive post in Baltimore. His cousin, Jim, was the Orioles' vice president from 2005 to 2007.

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