The Blue Jays have officially named former Indians VP of player personnel Ross Atkins as their new executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle first reported news of the hire earlier this afternoon.
Atkins will replace Alex Anthopoulos, who surprised the baseball world when he stepped down last month after Mark Shapiro was named team president. Of course, Atkins knows Shapiro well from their time together in Cleveland. He has been been with the Indians for 20 years, including five as a player in the minors and the last 15 in the front office.
Atkins ultimately beat out Tony LaCava for the job. LaCava has worked for the Blue Jays for the past 13 years and served as interim GM after Anthopoulos stepped down. While he didn’t get the permanent job, the Blue Jays announced today that he will remain with the organization as senior vice president of baseball operations and assistant general manager.