Toronto Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins agrees to five-year extension

Nov 12, 2019; Scottsdale, AZ, USA; Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins speaks during media availability at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins has agreed to a five-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed for Atkins, who was hired by the Blue Jays in December 2015 after spending 15 seasons in the front office of the Cleveland Indians. His current contract was set to expire after this season.

“Simply put, Ross makes the Blue Jays better. I am extremely pleased that he will continue leading our Baseball Operations group during this exciting era for our players, staff, and most importantly, our fans, as we move closer to building a sustainable championship contender for years to come,” Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro said.

Atkins, 47, helped Toronto reach the playoffs in 2016 and 2020.

“Coming to Toronto with my family has enriched our lives in countless ways and having the opportunity to remain a Blue Jay is something I do not take for granted,” Atkins said. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Edward Rogers and the Rogers executive team, Mark Shapiro, and the talented individuals that I am fortunate enough to work with every day. I cannot wait to continue our pursuit to bring World Series Championships back to Canada and celebrate with our fans when that day comes.”

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