The Toronto Blue Jays general manager, Alex Anthopoulos, is leaving the team and has turned down a multi-year extension. The reasons are not thought to be financial. Alex Anthopoulos’ contract was set to expire on Saturday.
This is what Anthopoulos had to say earlier this week about his contract:
“All I can say is I love being here, I love Toronto, I’ve always maintained that, and that’s probably as far as I’d go with that.”
His departure coincides with the arrival of new club president, Mark Shapiro. Shapiro was convinced Anthopoulos would remain as general manager but said he would not discuss Blue Jays matters until after he takes over the position on November 1st.
The shocking development comes after the greatest Blue Jays season since 1993 and one of the great seasons any general manager has ever had in any sport. Anthopolous was responsible for adding superstar talent to the team bolstering the club for a deep playoff run.
There are currently no general manager positions open in the majors so we may not see Alex Anthopoulos next season.