Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos new GM

Ross Houston
November 13, 2017

Alex Anthopoulos is headed to A-Town.

Anthopoulos, 40, had been the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations, a position he held since he left the Blue Jays after the 2015 season. He has a background in scouting but was among the first wave of young GMs to fully utilize analytics and is also known to be aggressive in trades.

Anthopoulos is expected to be introduced Monday at the GM meetings in Orlando.

The Braves have been without a general manager since John Coppolella resigned over a month ago.

The Atlanta Braves reportedly have their new general manager. As Sherman notes, however, the Braves' job "is viewed as attractive" around baseball due to the team's deep well of prospects, even despite the likelihood that MLB will level some type of punishment against the franchise.

Anthopoulos' most successful season in Toronto came during the 2015 season when they won the AL East division with a 93-69 overall record and advanced to the ALCS where they were defeated by the eventual champion Kansas City Royals, 4 games to 2.

His trades for Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and David Price provided essential pieces that made the Blue Jays a playoff team again, and he was also lauded for finding a way to trade Vernon Wells' onerous contract and for signing Toronto standouts Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion to club-friendly contract extensions.

Anthopoulos, a native of Canada, served as the Blue Jays GM from 2010-2015, after joining the organization in 2003.

According to Sherman‏, John Hart will remain for now as president of the club, but "Anthopoulos will have final decision making powers in baseball". Sources say Coppolella has hired a lawyer, though he isn't speaking about the matter.

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