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Front-office shuffle gives Rays two presidents

By Marc Topkin

ST. PETERSBURG The Rays are always seeking to be innovative and, with a reorganization of top executives now official, decided that having two presidents is better than one.

Matt Silverman has moved back after three years running baseball operations to the business/administrative side where he joins Brian Auld in serving as presidents not co-presidents in providing oversight to the entire organization on all matters. Erik Neander now assumes the top role in the baseball department.

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"Brian and Matt have been at the helm of our organization for more than a decade," principal owner Stuart Sternberg said. "I have the utmost confidence in their leadership and, more importantly, their ability to work in tandem for the betterment of the Rays."

Silverman, 41, spent nine years as team president before moving over to head baseball operations after the October 2014 departure of Andrew Friedman to the Dodgers, but he planned to eventually transition back. The move comes at a time when the Rays are expected to be in advanced talks for a new stadium.

Neander, 34, already had the title of general manager and senior vice president, in working closely with Chaim Bloom, 34, who also is a senior vice president.

"These organizational changes are spurred on by my confidence and trust in Erik Neander," Sternberg said. "He has been a leader in baseball operations for years. Im excited for the energy, leadership and continued innovation that he, certainly Chaim, and the entire baseball operations department provide our organization."