The Blue Jays announced a five-year extension on Wednesday for executive vice president of baseball operations and general manager Ross Atkins.
Atkins joined the Blue Jays prior to the 2016 season after spending 15 years with the Cleveland organization, his final position being vice president of player personnel. The extension keeps Atkins aligned with the contract of club president and CEO Mark Shapiro, who also signed a five-year extension with the organization in January.
“Coming to Toronto with my family has enriched our lives in countless ways and having the opportunity to remain a Blue Jay is something I do not take for granted,” Atkins said. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Edward Rogers and the Rogers executive team, Mark Shapiro, and the talented individuals that I am fortunate enough to work with every day. I cannot wait to continue our pursuit to bring World Series championships back to Canada and celebrate with our fans when that day comes.”
Under Atkins, the Blue Jays have made the postseason twice -- in 2016 and 2020 -- but those two teams represent drastically different points for the organization. In ’16, Atkins had inherited a postseason roster that the organization worked to keep competitive, but it was clear that a rebuild was coming.