The Cleveland Indians elevated Mark Shapiro from general manager to club president in Oct. 2010, expanding his duties to include business as well as baseball.
Nearly five years later, Shapiro has emerged as a strong candidate to join the Blue Jays in a similar role, according to major-league sources.
The Jays have spoken to Shapiro about replacing outgoing president/CEO Paul Beeston, sources say.
I would think that hiring someone like Shapio would likely mean that Alex Anthopoulos would be leaving, since I doubt that Alex would want to work for someone that would be as hands on in the baseball operations area as Shapiro would be. Alex' contract is up October 30, which would be a little awkward, if the Jays were playing in the World Series.
Rosenthal notes that Shapiro was Indians team president when the Indians made renovations to Progressive Field. Since the Jays would like to make renovations to Rogers Centre, that experience might come in handy. Course, I don't think the Indians replaced turf would real grass, so I'm not sure his experience really crosses over.
Shapiro has worked for the Indians since 1992. He's been farm director, assistant GM, GM and, since 2010 club president. Since he became GM, the Indians have finished first in the AL Central once (2007) and made the playoffs as a Wild Card team once (2013, losing the Wild Card game).
I think we'll hear a lot of these rumors over the next couple of months.