Dan Duquette, the former Expos and Red Sox general manager who has been out of baseball since 2002, is close to being named Orioles GM, ESPN.com reported Saturday.
Duquette interviewed in Baltimore on Friday and was traveling to Baltimore on Saturday to finalize a contract, according to the website.
The Orioles had been looking for a new GM since Andy MacPhail resigned in early October. Several candidates had declined to be interviewed, and Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava, who was offered the job last week, decided to stay in Toronto. Baltimore also interviewed Jerry Dipoto, who took the Angels' job.
Duquette, 53, was one of the architects of the Expos team that dominated the National League in 1994, a season cut short during a labor dispute when owners canceled the postseason. He was Boston's GM for eight years until he was fired in 2002.
Since then, Duquette has worked with various minor-league operations and currently runs the Dan Duquette Sports Academy in Hinsdale, Mass. He also interviewed this winter for the Angels' position.
THOME SIGNS: Jim Thome wants his second stint in Philadelphia to come with the World Series title he missed the first time around.
Thome, 41, agreed to a $1.25 million, one-year contract to join the franchise for a second time. As a DH for the Twins and Indians, he hit .256 with a .361 on-base percentage and a .477 slugging percentage in 93 games last season.
"Every player sees the way the Phillies have done things," said Thome, who played for Philadelphia from 2003-05. "They've set the bar very, very high."
MADDUX IN DEMAND: Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux is scheduled to interview this week for the managerial jobs with the Red Sox and Cubs, Fox Sports reported. Maddux, who has worked with Texas for three seasons and was the Brewers' pitching coach from 2003-08, is set to meet with Boston on Tuesday and Chicago on Wednesday.
RAISING CASH: The Mets are trying to sell minority shares of the team in the form of loans, the New York Post reported. An investor who purchases a $20 million or $30 million share of the team would be given 3 percent interest per year for six years, according to the Post. Then the investor would be able to recover his principal and the accumulated interest.
FIGHT OFF: Lenny Dykstra, 48, backed out of a scheduled celebrity pay-per-view boxing match with Jose Canseco, 47. No reason was given.