Highlights from Mark Shapiro’s insightful ‘At the Letters’ interview

Mark Shapiro has his work cut out for him this offseason. With the Blue Jays coming off a 67-95 season, there is vast room for improvement for this rookie-driven team next year.
While the club is technically only a few years into its rebuild, 2020 will be a crucial year for the Blue Jays in terms of taking the next step towards contention. And the framework for any sort of positive progress must be laid this offseason through free agent signings and trades.
The job status of Shapiro has been shrouded in mystery, with his contract reportedly expiring next season. There are plenty of big picture questions about this organization and many of them stem from the team president.
Shapiro joined Arden Zwelling and Ben Nicholson-Smith on the latest At the Letters podcast and answered many of these queries; from building a playoff contender, to the rumours about other teams (and leagues) courting Shapiro, to the latest word on Rogers Centre renovations.
It’s an hour-long interview with the Blue Jays president and CEO, but it’s a must-listen.
On the keys to building a playoff team:
“I’ve always been a big believer in looking at the different segments of …

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Author: Ian Hunter / Blue Jays Nation

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