According to reports by Jon Heyman and Anthony Castrovince, the Blue Jays are about to name Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro as the successor to current president and CEO Paul Beeston. Beeston is scheduled to retire on October 31 this year, which could put his retirement in the middle of a Blue Jays World Series run.
Sources: Jays to name the Indians' Mark Shapiro club president. announcement expected soon. http://t.co/Zr9LFdYoEW— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) August 31, 2015
Mark Shapiro will be Blue Jays president and CEO. It's my understanding he's getting a lot of loonies to make this move.— Anthony Castrovince (@castrovince) August 31, 2015
Heyman points out in his piece on CBS Sports that Shapiro would like to retain the services of general manager Alex Anthopoulos, by extending his expiring contract.
The 48-year-old Shapiro has been Cleveland's president since 2010 after serving a decade as their general manager, during which he was twice named as Sporting News' Executive of the Year. He joined Cleveland as an assistant in baseball operations in 1992 and was promoted to director of minor league operations from 1994 to 1998 before being named as assistant general manager from 1999 to 2001.
Shapiro was named to the inaugural Competition Committee by Commissioner Rob Manfred earlier this season and also serves on Major League Baseball's Ticketing Committee.