TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays are on the lookout for a new assistant general manager with Jay Sartori set to leave his job next month after accepting an executive position with Apple Inc.
Sartori is taking over as the tech titan’s manager of the App Store’s sports and entertainment category, a departure from the arbitration, contract and collective bargaining agreement interpretation work he handled for the Blue Jays.
He’s been in the position since September, 2010, when he was lured over from the Washington Nationals after a season as director of baseball operations there. Before that he worked for Major League Baseball’s labour department, helping negotiate the 2006 CBA.
The Blue Jays won’t hire someone immediately, but instead will look for someone with a similar skillset. They’ll collectively pitch in until a suitable candidate emerges.
Remaining in the Alex Anthopoulos’s inner circle are vice-president of baseball operations and assistant GM Tony LaCava, assistant GM Andrew Tinnish and Dana Brown, a special assistant to the GM.