Blue Jays promote Tony LaCava to interim GM, replacing Alex Anthopoulos


Alex Anthopoulos stepped down as Blue Jays general manager last week, rejecting a five-year contract offer because of the changes in role he believed would be forced upon him working under new team president Mark Shapiro.

Today the Blue Jays decided on a replacement general manager, with Jamie Campbell of Toronto Sportsnet reporting that they’ve promoted Anthopoulos’ longtime assistant general manager Tony LaCava to the interim role. LaCava has been in Toronto’s front office since 2002 and has been assistant GM since 2007.

Assuming that the Blue Jays also retain manager John Gibbons, it would mean basically maintaining the same coaching and front office structure minus Anthopoulos and plus Shapiro. LaCava is now the GM, but the buck ultimately stops with Shapiro and Anthopoulos–who was named “Executive of the Year” moments before quitting–wasn’t comfortable with that change.

Orioles option LHP Bruce Zimmermann to minors

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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Baltimore Orioles have optioned left-handers Bruce Zimmermann and Nick Vespi and reassigned infielder Lewin Díaz, left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to minor league camp.

The Orioles announced the moves Monday.

Baltimore’s spring training roster now has 46 players.

Zimmermann made 13 starts last season. He went 2-5 with a 5.99 ERA.

The competition for rotation spots with the Orioles has been a significant story during spring training, but after the team acquired Cole Irvin and Kyle Gibson in the offseason – and with top prospect Grayson Rodriguez in the mix as well – there were a lot of pitchers Zimmermann needed to beat out.