Dan Duquette, Ken Williams candidates in Jays’ president search

Dan Duquette is coming off a very successful season in Baltimore.

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for a new president/CEO, and Baltimore Orioles general manager/executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and Chicago White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams are candidates, FOX Sports 1 MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal reports.

ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported the Blue Jays’ interest in Duquette, who recently was named MLB Executive of the Year by Sporting News and Baseball America. The Orioles finished the 2014 season with a 96-66 record and won their first American League East title since 1997. 

According to Rosenthal, Duquette would like to leave for the Blue Jays’ job but Orioles owner Peter Angelos is standing in his way.

Meanwhile, Rosenthal reports the White Sox are balking at giving Williams, the team’s longtime GM before being promoted to his VP role, permission to speak to Toronto about the position. As a result, Williams could resign.

Paul Beeston currently serves as Blue Jays president and CEO.