MLB: Shapiro to become Cleveland team president, Antonetti GM
CLEVELAND — Indians general manager Mark Shapiro will be promoted to team president after the season and be succeeded as GM by his assistant, Chris Antonetti.
Paul Dolan, son of owner Larry Dolan, will shift from president to chief executive office, a title held by his father.
The changes were announced Thursday, on the eve of spring training. Shapiro and Antonetti are starting their ninth seasons in their current roles.
Antonetti has been coveted by teams with GM openings but passed with the understanding he would receive his chance in Cleveland. He has taken on a larger role in personnel decisions recently, orchestrating the trade that sent former AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee to Philadelphia last summer for prospects.
Cleveland won the AL Central in 2007 and came within one victory of reaching the World Series in 2007, their best finish under Shapiro. A son of prominent agent Ron Shapiro, he was selected major league executive of the year by The Sporting News in 2005 and 2007.