Rays GM Erik Neander was named MLB Executive of the Year in a vote of his peers announced Monday night at the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Neander was honored for the team’s success in winning 96 games and returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The press release announcing the award detailed many of the moves Neander and staff made but made no mention of them operating with the lowest payroll in the game.
“I am both humbled and honored to be recognized by Major League Baseball and the executives who voted on the award,'' Neander said in a statement released by the team.
"This recognition deserves to be shared across our entire staff, as well as the players who left it all on the field. It’s our collective commitment that allows something like this to be possible. While we fell short of our ultimate on-field goal in 2019, I am proud of our progress and we’ll do all we can to build upon that in the coming years.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman was second; Oakland’s Billy Beane and Minnesota’s Derek Falvey were tied for third.
This is the second year MLB has presented the executive award.