It’s official: The Blue Jays like pretty much everyone for their CEO position. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has the latest name Toronto is considering:
The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Mike Rizzo, the Washington Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager, as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, two industry sources told ESPN.com.
Rizzo joins Baltimore’s Dan Duquette, Minnesota’s Terry Ryan and Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox as the latest baseball executive to be mentioned as a possibility to succeed Beeston, whose future with the Toronto organization has been shrouded in mystery of late.
Rizzo could not be reached for comment Saturday.
News that the Blue Jays were looking for a replacement for Beeston first surfaced last weekend, but Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun later reported that they plan to keep him around as team president for at least one more year. Still, it’s rather curious that the chatter is continuing. Beeston, who was actually the team’s first employee in 1976, is currently in his second stint as team president/CEO.
Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com hears that the Nationals have not been contacted by the Blue Jays about Rizzo, who has been the team’s general manager since 2009. He was signed to an extension last year and promoted to the position of president of baseball operations and general manager.