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Chris Antonetti

GM Anthopoulos leaving Jays with new president taking over

Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos left the team on Thursday, the day he earned executive of the year honors from his peers and rejected an offer to remain in what might have been a diminished role under its new president.

The Blue Jays made the announcement just four days before former Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro takes over as Toronto president. Shapiro, a former general manager, replaces Paul Beeston, who is retiring after years of running the business side of the Blue Jays.

The Sporting News announced Anthopoulos was chosen executive of the year on Thursday. He acquired MVP candidate Josh Donaldson in the offseason and traded for David Price and Troy...