Blue Jays will name Mark Shapiro as the new team president

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The Associated Press is reporting that the Blue Jays will name Mark Shapiro as the new team president, replacing Paul Beeston. Shapiro is the current president of the Indians, and Beeston is retiring. Beeston is expected to remain with the Blue Jays through the end of the season, but as Heyman notes, Shapiro’s starting date is unknown.

The announcement could come as early as Monday. Heyman adds that Shapiro intends to keep Alex Anthopoulos in his current role as general manager. According to Cot’s Contracts, Anthopoulos’ contract runs through the 2015 season, so the team would need to sign him to a new one.

The Blue Jays are poised to end their playoff drought, which extends back to 1993, when they last won the World Series. At 74-56, the Blue Jays lead the Yankees by 1.5 games for first place in the AL East.