Blue Jays GM Atkins gets 5-year contract extension


TORONTO — Toronto general manager Ross Atkins has agreed to a five-year contract extension through the 2026 season.

Ross’ deal was announced Wednesday. The Blue Jays hired him in December 2015 after 15 seasons in the front office with the Cleveland Indians.

“Simply put, Ross makes the Blue Jays better,” team president and CEO Mark Shapiro said. “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.”

Shapiro got a five-year contract extension from Toronto in January. He worked for the Indians before becoming Blue Jays president on Oct. 31, 2015.

The Blue Jays were 32-28 last season and made the expanded playoffs. They also made the postseason in 2016, the first season for Shapiro and Atkins. That was Toronto’s second consecutive AL Championship Series appearance after a postseason drought that dated to back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.

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