Major League Baseball president and COO Bob DuPuy, the second-highest ranking officer at MLB to commissioner Bud Selig, is in discussions to leave his position, has confirmed.

It isn't known whether he will be replaced. DuPuy, a close personal friend of Selig for years from Milwaukee, has not been seen as being in the inner circle in recent months.

Word is, MLB is disappointed with how long it took to work out a change of ownership in Texas, though baseball executives are relieved Chuck Greeenberg and Nolan Ryan took over for debt-ridden Tom Hicks. DuPuy did yeoman's work getting a new stadium approved in South Florida and several other places.

It isn't believed he will be replaced immediately. Rob Manfred and Tim Brosnan, who are executive vice presidents at MLB, could be candidates for more responsibility. A couple outside candidates could be Sandy Alderson, who previously worked at MLB, and Stan Kasten, who just resigned as president of the Washington Nationals.

DuPuy's salary was about $6 million plus bonuses. ESPN first reported DuPuy, who worked for years as one of Selig's lawyers at Foley and Lardner in Milwaukee, appeared to be on his way out.

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