11/02/2015 13:22 EST | Updated 11/02/2016 01:12 EDT

Reports: Jays promote Tony LaCava to interim GM to replace Anthopoulos

TORONTO — Tony LaCava has been promoted to general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays on an interim basis, according to multiple media reports.

LaCava served as an assistant to former GM Alex Anthopoulos last season.

Anthopoulos spent six years as general manager but declined to sign a new contract last week.

Reports of LaCava's promotion came shortly before the Blue Jays were to introduce Mark Shapiro as the team's new president and chief executive officer.

The Blue Jays reached the playoffs for the first time in 22 years last month but were eliminated by the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series.


The Canadian Press