Aug 30, 2015 10:39 PM
AP Source: Indians president Shapiro leaving for Blue Jays
The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) Mark Shapiro worked his way up from the bottom in Cleveland's front office, becoming one of baseball's most respected executives.
He'll start at the top in Toronto.
Shapiro, who has spent the past five years overseeing the Indians organization, is leaving Cleveland to become president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday night.
Shapiro, who has been with Cleveland since 1992, will replace Paul Beeston, Toronto's CEO and president who is retiring. The teams will make the announcement Monday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the sides were still working through some final details.
CBSSports.com first reported the deal.
It's not clear if Shapiro will begin his new job immediately or wait until the end of this season.
Coincidentally, the Indians, who have won five straight games to move back into the AL wild-card picture, will open a series on Monday in Toronto.
Shapiro's departure is a blow to the Indians, who haven't won the World Series since 1948 yet have managed to stay relatively competitive despite a low payroll. Shapiro spent nine years (2001-10) as Cleveland's general manager. He helped the club make the postseason twice, but the Indians couldn't replicate their wildly successful run in the 1990s, when they won two AL pennants and five consecutive division titles.
Shapiro was named baseball's executive of the year following the 2005 and 2007 seasons. He began his career in 1992 as an assistant in baseball operations, spent five seasons (1994-98) as the team's minor league and three as the club's vice president of baseball operations before taking over as GM in 2001 when John Hart left.
The 48-year-old Shapiro has overseen a major renovation at Progressive Field, which helped attract him to the Blue Jays, who have plans to revamp Rogers Centre.
In Toronto, Shapiro will join an organization intent on ending a postseason drought that dates to 1993. The Blue Jays have upgraded their roster with major trades and signings and currently lead the AL East by 1 1/2 games over the New York Yankees.