Reports: Tribe’s Shapiro headed to Blue Jays to become new president
CLEVELAND – It appears that after 24 years with the Cleveland Indians, president Mark Shapiro is headed to the Blue Jays.
The announcement is expected to be made on Monday, according to MLB.com. Current Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston is set to retire soon and Shapiro would take over at the end of this season.
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti or manager Terry Francona are not likely to be affected by Shapiro’s move either. Francona has an option to opt-out if Shapiro or Antonetti leave, but he said he had no plans to do so.
Shapiro started with the Indians in 1992 as an assistant to baseball operations and has worked his way up ever since.
He took over as the team president in 2010 and largely contributed to the large renovations at Progressive Field in this past off season.
The Indians are currently in Toronto to start a series against the Blue Jays on Monday.