BOSTON — Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Tuesday afternoon he knew nothing about a report that says the Washington Nationals are pursuing him to be their team president.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday morning that Duquette was a target of the Nats. The report offered no other details about negotiations or whether Duquette had been contacted about the job.
Reached by text message Tuesday, Duquette said, "I don't know anything about this nor has anyone contacted me."
The Nationals, through a team spokesperson, also disputed the report.
"We are not in discussions with Dan Duquette, nor are we in the market for a team president," the spokesperson said.
This wouldn't be the first time Duquette has been linked to another high-level front office job. Before the 2015 season, the Toronto Blue Jays courted him to be their team president.
Duquette is under contract through the 2018 season, so the Blue Jays had to give the Orioles compensation for allowing Duquette out of his deal.
Orioles managing partner Peter G. Angelos made it clear early on that he was not allowing Duquette out of his contract, but there were eventually some discussions about compensation for Duquette.
Duquette remained with the team, and the Blue Jays eventually hired Mark Shapiro to be their team president.
Duquette technically has some history with the Nationals' franchise. Duquette served as farm director and general manager of the Montreal Expos, which moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Nationals.
The Orioles and Nationals have had a contentious relationship, including the still-pending litigation over MASN television rights fees, so the idea that Angelos would allow Duquette out of his deal to join the Nationals seems unlikely.
The Orioles are currently 6-0, their best start in franchise history.
Duquette was at Fenway Park for the Orioles' 9-7 series opener in Boston on Monday afternoon.