Thursday, October 29, 2015

Blue Jays GM Anthopoulos Turns Down Extension

In a major surprise, the GM of the division-winning Toronto Blue Jays has turned down a contract extension with the team. Alex Anthopoulos, who engineered a series of acquisitions that put the Jays into playoff contention, leaves the club after compiling a 489-483 record during his tenure. This year alone, he added Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitski, David Price, Ben Revere, Mark Lowe and LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto roster. In a similar move to the Red Sox, the Blue Jays announced the appointment of Mark Shapiro as president and CEO in August. Anthopoulos—like Ben Cheringtonmay have felt upstaged by the move and decided to move on rather than play "second fiddle". The upshot is that a formidable Boston rival in the AL East is now cast into disarray.