TORONTO - The free-agent season doesn’t begin until Thursday.
Yet, the Blue Jays retained a valuable employee who had been leaning elsewhere.
Tony LaCava, assistant general manager to GM Alex Anthopoulos who had interviewed twice for the vacant GM’s job with the Baltimore Orioles, is staying put.
“This was about the Jays more than anything about the Orioles,” LaCava told the Baltimore Sun. “The Orioles were classy in everything they did. They’re going down the right path. For me, it was how much I love the Toronto Blue Jays and I really, really treasure my relationship with my Alex Anthopoulos. I want to see this through with him. He created a great atmosphere to work, along with president Paul Beeston, and it is very hard to leave them.”
LaCava, who has worked with the Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels, is entering his ninth season with the Jays. Previously LaCava was interviewed for the GM job with the Seattle Mariners and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“When I decided to interview, it wasn’t that I was looking to leave,” LaCava said. “But there are only 30 GM positions and I was interested. When I weighed both at the end of the day, I didn’t feel I could leave the Jays. I am working in a great place, a job that I love. It’s as simple as that.”
New York Yankees scouting director New York Yankees scouting director Damon Oppenheimer and De Jon Watson, Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM, are considered candidates.