The news was first reported by The Baltimore Sun on Thursday evening, and confirms the notion that Baltimore -- the only organization without a GM for the start of free agency -- is trying to move quickly in setting things up the second time around.
With Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava declining the Orioles' offer on Tuesday, Baltimore was forced to go back to the drawing board and bring in more candidates to go along with the two left standing from the first round: Dodgers assistant GM DeJon Watson and Baltimore's director of player development, John Stockstill. Neither Watson nor Stockstill appeared likely to get the position, based on the club's decision to open the search back up, and Watson withdrew his name from contention on Wednesday night.
A separate source indicated that the organization is aggressively going after more interviewees, with the expectation that Duquette will not be the final candidate, and they will bring in more this weekend with the goal being a decision by Monday.
Duquette served as farm director for the Montreal Expos from 1987-91 and served as GM after that until '94, when he was hired by the Red Sox. After being dismissed under Boston's new ownership in 2002, Duquette opened a sports academy for children in Hinsdale, Mass. He has more than 25 years of experience in baseball, and is the cousin of former Orioles GM Jim Duquette. Friday's interview will be the Orioles' sixth. Jerry Dipoto -- their top choice before he took the Angels' GM job -- was the club's first interview last month.
The Orioles have requested, and have been granted, permission to interview Red Sox executive Allard Baird. Baird is the former Royals GM who was one of Theo Epstein's top advisors. Given Epstein's departure for Chicago, Baird could be looking for a new opportunity, and he's familiar with working in a smaller market (i.e. budget) given his time in Kansas City. A longtime admirer of Showalter, Baird's got the background in player development and scouting the Orioles crave for a future GM.
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