Mark Shapiro, who has spent the past five years overseeing the Indians organization, is leaving Cleveland to become president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney and media reports.
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The Blue Jays put the finishing touches on a three-game sweep of the Angels with a 12-5 win on Sunday afternoon. That brought the club's total number of runs this weekend to 36, which was the most in franchise history for a three-game series. The latest explosion surpassed the previous record set in 2003, when the Blue Jays scored 34 times from May 30-June 1 against the Red Sox.
The Blue Jays also set a record for the most hits in a three-game series with 48. The previous record was 46 from Sept. 27-29, 1985, at Milwaukee.
Current Indians' president Mark Shapiro is offering no comment on a report that the Blue Jays are interested in hiring him.
Fox Sports reported Thursday that Shapiro was a "strong candidate" to succeed Blue Jays president Paul Beeston, who plans to retire after this season. Fox said Toronto had spoken to Shapiro about the job.
Shapiro on Friday declined to comment to The Associated Press about the report.
The Toronto Blue Jays have traded Randy Wolf to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for cash considerations.
Wolf, 38, has excelled at the Triple-A level this season. The left-hander has a 2.58 ERA and Detroit is in need of an arm with recent injuries to Anibal Sanchez and Daniel Norris.
Mark Shapiro has emerged as a strong candidate to replace Paul Beeston as the president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays, according to a report.
Toronto has already reached out to Shapiro, who currently works as the president of the Cleveland Indians.
Shapiro, 48, served as Cleveland's general manager for 10 seasons before a promotion to club president that saw longtime lieutenant Chris Antonetti promoted to general manager.
Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is signed through October 31 and would work under any new president if he remains on the job.
CC Sabathia said Monday he made a "bad decision" when he was involved in an altercation outside a night club in Toronto over the past weekend.
"I just flipped out," Sabathia said.
The incident took place on Friday night after the New York Yankees-Toronto Blue Jays game at Rogers Centre. A video, which first surfaced on Twitter on Saturday night, showed Sabathia yelling at what he described as hecklers. The left-hander motioned as if he wanted to make the confrontation physical. Two members of Sabathia's party pushed him into a cab, averting what later turned into a melee.
The video received wider Internet distribution when TMZ posted it on Monday.
"It was a bad decision on my part," Sabathia said. "I probably should've kept quiet and got in a cab. I'm just glad I ended up getting in the cab before everything went down. I didn't know that big fight happened afterward. It was just a bad decision on my part."
The Toronto Blue Jays has released Joba Chamberlain from his Minor League contract.
Chamberlain exercised an opt-out clause on his deal, according to a report.
The right-hander pitched 22 innings for the Detroit Tigers before being released earlier this season.
Hal Steinbrenner remains confident that the New York Yankees will claim the American League East despite a recent slide that has allowed the Toronto Blue Jays to take a half-game lead in the division.
"I said in the offseason several times that if we stayed healthy, which is something we haven't been able to do the last couple years, and if the middle of the lineup produced, which they didn't do last year, then we were going to be contenders, and we are," Steinbrenner said. "It's still ours to lose."
The Yankees had a seven-game lead over the second-place Blue Jays on July 28, but Toronto has surged since trading for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki.
The Toronto Blue Jays will sign Chris Heisey to a Minor League contract.
The 30-year-old was recently released by the Los Angeles Dodgers and will report to Triple-A Buffalo.
The Toronto Blue Jays, who are surging in the American League East, could get even stronger next month.
Alex Anthopoulos told TSN 1040 in Vancouver that there is a possibility that Marcus Stroman could return to the club's starting rotation in September.
"Right now, he'll be stretched out to start," Anthpoulos said. "We'll see how many innings we can get out of him assuming no setbacks. Minor league season's over on the seventh of September, and we'll see how much he's built up by then, and hopefully no setbacks at all. I know there’s been talk about reliever/starter. If he's totally healthy, our plan is to bring him back as a starter."
Stroman tore his ACL in Spring Training, but the pitcher tweeted Monday that Dr. James Andrews was "stunned" by the progress in his recovery, adding that he's "shattering" his projected timetable to return.