During his season-ending news conference Monday, Anthopoulos said he's had ''great discussions'' with Shapiro since Aug. 31, when the longtime Indians executive was announced as Toronto's new hire, effective Nov. 1. But so far, there's no timeline for contract talks, even though Anthopoulos has a contract set to expire on Saturday.
Toronto has a lot of love for Anthopoulos, too, after he assembled the team that ended baseball's longest active playoff drought. When the Blue Jays beat Baltimore to clinch the AL East on Sept. 30, visiting fans at Camden Yards chanted, ''Thank you, Alex'' as he sat behind the dugout.
''I feel confident this is sustainable,'' Anthopoulos said. ''This city is going to continue to have a team a team that they're proud of.''
''The one thing we won't do is get complacent,'' he said. ''You can always get better.''
The Blue Jays can choose to bring back all nine everyday players from an offense that led baseball with 891 runs, though backup catcher Dioner Navarro is a free agent. While he's not concerned about production, Anthopoulos said he wouldn't rule out changes if he sees an opportunity to improve.