Blue Jays Morning Brew: Possible New President & More


It is bound to be a busy day with today being the deadline for players and teams to work out a deal for 2015 before heading to arbitration. Oh, and there could be a deal happening with the Orioles to land a new president. Let’s see what is going on some of the rumblings regarding the Blue Jays.

Alright, let’s get to it. The Dan Duquette Saga is in full swing. The following came out on Wednesday:

After word got out that the Blue Jays were negotiating with the Orioles to bring Dan Duquette over as new president, Shi Davidi reminded us early Thursday morning that Orioles owner, Peter Angelos is not giving up Duquette. Or, at least he is not admitting it.

"“There have not been any changes in the status of Dan Duquette. He is our GM and he is going to remain our GM. He is concentrating on his efforts to determine the composition of our team for 2015. That is the answer. Period. We are not in any negotiations with Mr. (Edward) Rogers. We have a contract (with Duquette), and that’s the end of it.”"

In fact, he sounds pretty annoyed at the whole thing. Maybe it is just posturing on his part. Maybe he is annoyed that he’ll have to find a replacement for Duquette. Maybe he won’t be using any Rogers’ services in the near future. Or, maybe he is tired of the rumors.

But, it didn’t end there. ESPN’s Buster Olney had this to share:

And the big one:

Fans reacted rather harshly to this one. What exactly is an “extraordinary offer” to lure a GM into a president’s role? Yes, it would appear that the return in this type of ‘trade’ would need to be big to satisfy Angelos. But, Major League Baseball must approve any deal the teams make and they are not likely to start allowing teams to demand major talent in exchange for management. So, while Olney may lead us to believe the Blue Jays would have to part with major talent, we must not yet start to raise the alarms. Yet, anyway. Let’s wait until it happens. Which could be soon.

Over at The StarPhoenix, Scott Stinson laments the treatment of Paul Beeston throughout this whole dramatic recruitment process. Stinson points out that Beeston really is the last reminder of any sort of glory for this club. Beeston was president during the World Series days and is now being left behind in a rather unscrupulous way according to Stinson. 

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