Duquette joins Orioles’ front office

The Baltimore Orioles have announced the hiring of Dan Duquette as executive vice president of baseball operations.

The Orioles were down to four candidates as of Friday — Duquette, Phillies assistant GM Scott Proefrock, Red Sox special assistant Allard Baird and Yankees vice president Damon Oppenheimer.

Baird, however, declined to be interviewed. Proefrock did not make as strong an impression on club officials as Duquette, sources said, and no formal interview with Oppenheimer was arranged.

Duquette signed a three-year contract on Sunday, The Associated Press reported. He will be introduced to the media in a news conference Tuesday morning.

The hiring of Duquette marks the end of a long and frustrating search process for the Orioles, whose GM position became open when Andy MacPhail departed as president of baseball operations at the end of the season.

Jerry Dipoto, one of the Orioles’ leading candidates, accepted the Angels’ GM job. Tony LaCava, another leading candidate, turned down the job to remain Blue Jays assistant GM.

Baird and others declined to be interviewed.The 53-year-old Duquette, who interviewed with the Orioles over the weekend, was farm director of the Montreal Expos from 1987-1991 and their general manager from 1991-94. He then served as general manager of the Boston Red Sox from 1994-2002. He has not worked in a major league front office since leaving the Red Sox.

Although Duquette has not worked in a major league front office since 2002, he has a history of success. The Expos appeared playoff bound in 1994 until a baseball strike ended the season. In Boston, he laid the groundwork for the team’s world championship in 2004.

He is the cousin of Jim Duquette, who was vice president of baseball operations with the Orioles in 2005 and 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.