Shapiro is Indians new assistant GM

Associated Press Published:

O'Dowd, who also served as director of baseball operations for the Indians, has worked with the club for 11 years, the last seven as assistant general manager. Shapiro has been the team's director of minor-league operations since 1994.

O'Dowd had asked for permission to interview for the vacant general manager's job in Baltimore during the postseason. He also plans to interview for the new position of vice president with Colorado.

When the Indians became a publicly traded company this year, O'Dowd signed a five-year contract worth $300,000 a year. It included a provision barring him from talking to other clubs.

Owner Dick Jacobs allowed O'Dowd to speak with Baltimore but voided his contract and cut his pay to $220,000 as part of a new deal that runs through next year, a Cleveland newspaper reported today.

"There is a potential for transition in the baseball operations department," general manager John Hart told the newspaper.

The paper said an official announcement was expected next week. Bart Swain, director of media relations, today confirmed Hart's position but said no announcement was likely for several days.

O'Dowd played baseball at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and

lives in suburban Avon Lake. Shapiro is a Baltimore native, played

football at Princeton and lives in nearby Shaker Heights.

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