SAN DIEGO — While Dan Duquette's current role as the Orioles' top baseball executive is a powerful one, a move to becoming the Blue Jays' team president and chief executive officer would be a clear promotion.
Some of it has to do with the different structures of the two organizations. The Orioles do not have a team president, but instead a number of executive vice presidents and vice presidents who answer to managing partner Peter G. Angelos. Duquette is the team's top official on all decisions regarding baseball operations.
If Toronto's structure remains as it is, the president/CEO is the Blue Jays' top nonownership executive. It is a job that oversees the business and baseball aspects of the Blue Jays and the Rogers Centre.
In that role, Duquette also would be the main liaison to the Blue Jays' ownership, the Rogers Company, which is one of Canada's largest media and communications companies.
Current Blue Jays team president and CEO Paul Beeston played an instrumental role in Toronto's offseason acquisitions. He courted free-agent catcher Russell Martin and facilitated the trade for third baseman Josh Donaldson with team ownership, according to Sportsnet.ca.
An Orioles structure change to create a team president role for Duquette is highly unlikely.
Keep in mind that the Orioles did take a chance on Duquette when they hired him before the 2012 season. He hadn't worked in the professional game in a decade and had unsuccessfully interviewed for other major league jobs in the past.
And after the Orioles' breakthrough 2012 season in Duquette's first year on the job, team ownership rewarded him with a four-year extension on top of his initial three-year deal. This upcoming season would be Duquette's first year of the extension.