If the Blue Jays sell at the deadline, James Click needs full autonomy over baseball operations

An open letter to Ed Rogers and the Blue Jays ownership.
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Toronto hired the wrong guys from Cleveland after 2015

Shapiro relinquished his position as GM of the Cleveland Guardians after the 2010 season to become their team president, but he focused on the Progressive Field renovations, while the baseball operations decisions were handled by his replacement Chris Antonetti and assistant GMs Mike Chernoff, Derek Falvey and David Stearns.

While Ross Atkins served as farm director for Cleveland from 2009-2014, it was the baseball operations brain trust of Antonetti, Chernoff, Falvey and Stearns who built the core of the Cleveland teams that would finish 1st in the AL Central four times and go to the postseason six times in the following twelve seasons after taking over from Shapiro.

Unsurprisingly, Antonetti is now president of baseball operations and Chernoff is GM of the 1st place Guardians, Falvey is now the executive vice president and chief baseball officer for the Minnesota Twins who are currently in a wild card slot in the standings, while Stearns is in his first season as president of baseball operations for the New York Mets after a successful stint with the Milwaukee Brewers.