The Blue Jays and interim general manager Tony LaCava have agreed to a long-term contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). LaCava’s contract guarantees him some form of front office role whether or not he is made the team’s permanent general manager, according to Rosenthal.
LaCava was named interim general manager of the Blue Jays after Alex Anthopoulos resigned following the season. He presently slots in beneath new team president Mark Shapiro on the baseball operations hierarchy, but the new contract assures that there will be some continuity in the front office regardless of whether or not Shapiro decides to make an external hire to fill the team’s GM vacancy.
LaCava joined the Blue Jays’ front office that October as a special assistant to then-GM J.P. Ricciardi. He was named assistant GM in 2007 and has since gained traction as a GM candidate around the league, interviewing for multiple general manager openings. He worked with Shapiro as far back as 2002, when he was a national cross-checker with the Indians.