Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro agrees to five-year extension

Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro. (Cole Burston/CP)

Toronto Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro has agreed to a five-year contract extension, Edward Rogers, Chairman of Rogers Communications and the Toronto Blue Jays announced Wednesday.

Shapiro's original five-year contract expired after the 2020 season.

"Mark's leadership and commitment to excellence over the last five years have been critical to the team's growth and development," Rogers said in a statement.

"We're extremely pleased that Mark will continue to lead the Toronto Blue Jays and build on the team's progress as we work towards our goal of bringing a World Series championship back to Canada."

Shapiro joined the Blue Jays from Cleveland after the 2015 season and, along with general manager Ross Atkins, has overseen a complete transformation of a team that twice reached the ALCS in 2015 and '16.

Under Shapiro's watch, the Blue Jays have rebuilt the roster from the ground up with the emergence of Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Vladamir Guerrero, Jr., and Nate Pearson, among others. The club has also, via trades and drafting, accumulated one of the top prospect pools in baseball.

Beyond the roster, Shapiro has overseen a complete reimagining of the coaching staff and a large renovation of the team's spring training facility in Dunedin, Fla., with a focus on analytics and finding competitive advantages in player development. Moving forward, his focus will turn to the Rogers Centre and its viability as a long-term home for the Blue Jays in downtown Toronto.

"From a personal and professional standpoint, I am thrilled to continue being a Toronto Blue Jay," Shapiro said in a statement. "I am fortunate to work with exceptional people and am proud of the progress we have made together, to build a culture, community, and clubhouse that our incredible fans can cheer on."

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