Baseball fans on Cape Cod might best remember Dan Duquette for bringing Pedro Martinez and Manny Ramirez to Boston.
Now, according to The Cape Cod Times, the former Red Sox general manager is looking to bring another big attraction even closer to home, in the form of a $150 million youth sports complex.
The Times reports that Duquette is involved in one of two proposals fielded by Sandwich administrators to buy and develop a large swath of town-owned land that the town has been trying to unload for commercial development for years.
Duquette is one of several partners on a 56-acre, $150 million plan that would feature two hotels, a field house, several baseball and soccer fields, and retail space, according to the Times. The group is reportedly referring to the proposal as a “Mini Patriot Place,” and would buy the land for about $750,000 plus a $150,000 donation to the town’s economic development corporation.
Duquette served as Red Sox General Manager from 1994 until 2001 and currently works as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations for the Baltimore Orioles. He also owns the Dan Duquette Sports Academy, a youth sports tournament facility and camp site out in Western Massachusetts, in Hinsdale.
The competing bid, which comes from a realty trust that has already developed much of the area’s surrounding land, calls for using the land to build a hotel, residential units, and retail and office space.
The Times reports that bid calls for purchasing just 16.75 acres, but at a higher price than the Duquette group would pay for the entire 56 acres at about $1.1 million. (The same developer had previously sought to buy the entire 56 acres for $4.8 million.)