The off-season task of improving in-season kicked off today as the front office shook things up.
With Mark Shapiro now leading the charge in Toronto, the Indians appointed Chris Antonetti as President of Baseball Operations. Mike Chernoff will handle GM duties, while Derek Falvey will serve as Chernoff’s assistant.
However, and admittedly curiously, Antonetti will continue much of the GM responsibilities, apparently allowing both Chernoff and Falvey some time to grow into their new positions. It’s easy to wonder if the Indians’ brass was somewhat unprepared for Shapiro’s exit with Antonetti pulling double-duty for the short-term at least. It also leads to questions about Chernoff’s autonomy, and with questions ahead in how to improve the team that fell well short of both expectations and pre-season hype, it feels a little unnerving to have a GM who seems to be that in just name only. Jordan Bastian reports that Chernoff and Falvey will have “increased responsibilities.” We’ll see if the promotions lead to new ideas and plans to push the Indians over the hump.
“Across our industry, job responsibilities in baseball operations have expanded considerably over the last 10 years,” Paul Dolan said in a press release. “These moves reflect a structure that a number of other teams (Red Sox, Cubs and Dodgers)have recently adopted.”