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Jays searching for Paul Beeston’s replacement: reports

The Toronto Blue Jays are looking for a new president and chief executive officer to replace longtime boss Paul Beeston, according to several media reports.

The Jays have identified Baltimore Orioles executive vice-president Dan Duquette and Chicago White Sox executive vice-president Ken Williams as candidates, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says Duquette is interested in taking the Blue Jays’ position but he’s being blocked by Orioles owner Peter Angelos.

Duquette, who has been the team’s GM for the last three seasons, is under contract with the Orioles through the 2018 season. Baltimore won the American League East Division this past season before being swept by the Kansas City Royals in the AL Championship Series. Duquette has also been the general manager for the Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos.

In addition, the Jays have discussed Williams as a possible replacement, according to ESPN, while the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan is being considered by Toronto.

The 69-year-old Beeston, who was part of the Blue Jays’ organization during the franchise’s inception in 1977, became president and CEO in 1989. He left to the team for the commissioner’s office in 1997 but returned to the Jays in 2009.

According to ESPN, the Jays’ ownership “was not pleased with some of Beeston’s action’s during the search for a replacement for commissioner Bud Selig.”

ESPN also reports that Beeston is pondering retirement.