Rumor: Mark Shapiro And Ben Cherington Could Leave Blue Jays After 2018

The Toronto Blue Jays are bound to undergo major changes this offseason, and that may include parting ways with team president Mark Shapiro, who's finishing up his third year with the organization.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Shapiro has been "mentioned by multiple executives as a potential candidate" to take over the front office for general manager Sandy Alderson, who took a leave of absence as he continues his battle with cancer.

Per Sherman, Shapiro could also bring over Blue Jays executive Ben Cherington to take over the GM role for the Mets. However, Shapiro has two years left on his contract with the Blue Jays. Sherman noted that some officials think the Mets won't want to "pay what was necessary to land someone with Shapiro’s credentials."


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It's worth noting that Bob McCown of Sportsnet 590 noted that there's tension between Shapiro and his higher-ups. With declining attendance and plenty of fan outcry, the Blue Jays could decide to make a significant transaction or two and change up the front office.

Though Shapiro and GM Ross Atkins have done an excellent job rebuilding the Blue Jays farm system (widely regarded as a top-five group in all of baseball), they have made a number of moves that simply backfired.

Opting to sign Kendrys Morales to a three-year deal worth $33 million hasn't worked out. The team traded former AL MVP Josh Donaldson to the Cleveland Indians last week, for a player to be named later. The Jaime Garcia free agent signing and Teoscar Hernandez trade are other moves that have been criticized, too.

All signs point towards the Blue Jays moving on from manager John Gibbons at the end of the season. Though it's rare for a team to move on from a team president/CEO after just three years, it sounds like Shapiro could very well leave this team for the Mets' job opening.

It promises to be a very interesting next few months for the Blue Jays.


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