This is twofold. First, Duquette signed a contract with the Orioles in 2011 and then an extension in 2012 that runs through the 2018 season. He is under contract. He is being paid well. And he has done a good job, with three consecutive winning seasons. Angelos is under no obligation to rip up that contract, especially for a division rival. Secondly, Angelos seemingly trusts Duquette's professionalism, and that Duquette would not jeopardize his reputation to get out of the contract. Still, Duquette hasn't handled this situation well. If he had gone directly to Angelos at the first sniff of this — or if Duquette immediately made a statement in December that he had some interest but could not go forward without Angelos' approval and then tried to settle it privately — maybe things would have gone differently. Instead, this issue has festered and become quite a public distraction.