Despite reports of tension with his bosses at Rogers Communication and rumors that he was looking at taking a job with the New York Mets organization, Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro vowed that he's staying where he is.
Talking to reporters on Friday, Shapiro denied the reports that there's heat between he and the higher ups at Rogers, and made it clear he wants to stick with the Blue Jays as he wraps up his third year as Toronto's president and CEO.
"I feel as, if not more, excited to be here than the day I chose to come here about three years ago..the city and the country and what that’s meant to me personally and my family being here," Shapiro said, via Sportsnet's Shi Davidi.
"It’s been an exceptional place to be. And then for the potential of the franchise...This is where I want to be, this is where I am, this is what I’m focused on, and really don’t need to think of anything else."
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Tuesday that some executives mentioned Shapiro as a potential option to become the Mets' next GM. Sandy Alderson took a leave of absence as he deals with cancer, and isn't expected to resume his duties.
Per Davidi, Shapiro said he doesn't "know where those reports come from," and emphasized that he's "received nothing but strong support," suggesting there is no tension with Rogers ownership. Bob McCown of Sportsnet 650 was the first who reported possible heat between the two parties last month.
Shapiro took over as Blue Jays president and CEO in 2015, inheriting an ALCS team built by former GM, Alex Anthopolous. The Blue Jays are heading for a second consecutive losing season, and much of the blame has been directed towards Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins.
However, the duo have built Toronto's farm system up significantly (ranked third by Baseball America). Top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will be playing in 2019, and Bo Bichette, Anthony Alford and Danny Jansen are among the prospects that could have full-time jobs next season.
It'd be unorthodox for a team president to leave after just three years, especially with a bright future ahead. Judging by his statements on Friday, Shapiro seems committed to overseeing Toronto's rebuild for the long-term.