(WINDSOR, ON) – In baseball news, the Toronto Blue Jays have announced that general manager Alex Anthopoulos has rejected a 5-year contract extension and has opted to allow his contract to run out.
“After an exciting 2015 season, Alex Anthopoulos has reluctantly and regrettably decided that he is not going to return to the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club for 2016,” Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO, Paul Beeston, said in a written statement. “Alex has done an unbelievable job and positioned us well for the future. He can take great pride in his past and while we do not know where his future is taking him, we do know wherever he is going, he will be successful. On behalf of all the employees of the Toronto Blue Jays, players, front office, scouts and player development staff we wish him good luck in the future and thank him for a job extremely well done.”
The Angels, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Boston have all made changes at the GM position so it is unclear what Anthopoulos’s future could entail. Equally opaque is who will fill the role for the Blue Jays in the wake of his leaving. Newly acquired Mark Shapiro as the replacement for Beeston come November 1.
An edit to Shapiro’s Wikipedia page, that has since been re-edited, hints at a power struggle in the Toronto front office.
Following the conclusion of the 2015 season, Mark “the boss” Shapiro fired the savior of Canada and EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR Alex “the savior” Anthopolous, for trading away a few prospects. Mark “Never won anything” Shapiro wants full reign of the team.
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) October 29, 2015
— Bev Wake (@bevewake) October 29, 2015