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09-13-2010, 04:38 PM
The Toronto Blue Jays beefed up their front office Monday by hiring Washington Nationals executive Jay Sartori as their new assistant general manager.


09-13-2010, 05:25 PM

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09-13-2010, 06:13 PM
^^^Ya, by reading the article I wonder if LaCava and Sartori are going to be splitting the duties?

For example:

LaCava - Baseball Ops
Sartori - Financial

Or possibly LaCava has told AA he's going to be pursuing a job elsewhere at the end of the season?

09-13-2010, 07:43 PM
I think the Jays usually have two assistants. So this just fills the vacancy left when AA became GM.

09-14-2010, 06:39 AM
Essentially what he needed was someone to do the work he used to do as assistant GM before his promotion last September. Jay Sartori — an expert in salary arbitration, contracts and the collective bargaining agreement, among other things — is that guy, hired away from the Washington Nationals on Monday to be assistant GM.

“We have a lot of guys who are strong in baseball knowledge, but really I was the only in the office with the experience of contract negotiations, salary arbitration,” said Anthopoulos. “Jay’s got a lot of experience in that and he’s going to free me up a lot.”

The addition is another important building block for the Blue Jays, part of the front-office foundation they hope will eventually lead to success.

The trickle-down effect will free up time for Anthopoulos, assistant general manager Tony LaCava and others to concentrate on areas that are their speciality.

Special assistant Jon Lalonde, who was doing many of what will now be Sartori’s tasks, will become a special assignment scout after a transition period.

“It was a waste to have him pinned behind a desk,” said Anthopoulos, who values Lalonde’s scouting skills. “It’s hard to find someone who you can trust their ability to evaluate.”

Sartori, 31, had served as director, baseball operations for the Nationals for nine months after years as manager of salary and management administration in Major League Baseball’s labour relations department.

Anthopoulos called to ask for permission to speak with him a few weeks back, eventually getting a deal done.

“This gives me an opportunity to expand on the responsibilities I had there,” said Sartori. “Several things appealed to me.

“I’ve known Alex for some time now from working at the commissioner’s office, we worked on several things together, salary arbitration probably most prominently, but we got to know each other and the opportunity to work here were obviously very enticing for me.”

Sartori’s job at the time was to provide advice and interpretations on the collective bargaining agreement and contract issues to all 30 teams, allowing him to develop an expert knowledge of salary arbitration and draft bonus recommendations.

“Jay was the guy I would call Saturday, Sunday at 10, 11 at night, not expecting to get him in the office and he was there, grinding it out with a great attitude,” said Anthopoulos. “When I needed something, the work was done well and done fast.”

Sartori holds a finance and management information systems degree from Boston College and worked in the investment banking industry before joining MLB.

He may also do some work in statistical analysis, one remaining area Anthopoulos feels the front office still needs to shore up.

But he’s happy for the extra hand now. He said the contract extensions for Adam Lind in the spring and Ricky Romero last month hammered home his need for more help.

“The time drain was so unbelievable and it took me away from so many things I needed to be doing and could have been doing,” he said. “I think it was an incredibly important hire.”http://www.thestar.com/sports/baseball/mlb/bluejays/article/860537--blue-jays-bolster-front-office-by-hiring-jay-sartori-as-assistant-gm

09-14-2010, 04:46 PM

09-14-2010, 07:07 PM
^^^Ya, by reading the article I wonder if LaCava and Sartori are going to be splitting the duties?

For example:

LaCava - Baseball Ops
Sartori - Financial
Or possibly LaCava has told AA he's going to be pursuing a job elsewhere at the end of the season?

thats exactly what the article is suggesting. does anyone have more info on Satori?

09-14-2010, 09:10 PM
AA is doing such an awesome job!! Remember when everyone said "who??" when AA was hired last year and no one wanted to give him a chance because they all thought he was JP's boy?? After a year on the job I say AA+ so far!

09-16-2010, 07:55 AM
Upon becoming general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, Alex Anthopoulos found the one man he could not do without was himself.

Formerly the top dog in Toronto’s front office when it came to transaction rules, waiver drafts, salary arbitration hearings and the like, Anthopoulos found he remained mired in all those arcane procedural rules of baseball even after taking over when the team fired J.P. Ricciardi last October.

So Anthopoulos hired Jay Sartori, formerly of the Washington Nationals, as Toronto’s new assistant general manager.

“This will free me up a little bit,” said Anthopoulos, who also recently brought on his own executive assistant. “Doing contracts really sucked a lot of time. Before, when I was working under J.P., it was fine because J.P. handled most of the day-to-day issues with the team — the manager, the 25-man roster, media and all that stuff — and I was able to do all the other stuff. [Now] my time was spread much too thin.”

Santori, 31, agreed he was pretty much brought on to fill in for Anthopoulos.

“That’s probably the be way to put it,” he said.

A former investment banker, Sartori got to know his new boss well while working inside Major League Baseball’s Commissioner’s Office, talking to teams about all the areas he will now handle for the Blue Jays.

One of his first orders of business will be helping craft a strategy to deal with major league home run leader Jose Bautista.

The outfielder/third baseman, who is eligible for a final year of arbitration, will have few comparables in MLB history after jumping from near obscurity to a season of around 50 home runs.

“We haven’t really discussed it fully, I’ve been in the office only for a day now,” said Sartori. “I don’t think it would solely be my responsibility to do that alone. I think it’s a team effort.”

Anthopoulos said Sartori’s arrival will also allow former scouting director and current assistant for major league operations Jon Lalonde to get out of the office to look at players.

“Jon could do it in his sleep, but I basically would be throwing seven years of scouting down the tubes,” Anthopoulos said. “There’s a comfort level for me with Jon’s evaluations. When I have him in the office, I don’t get to use him scouting players.”