Braves To Name Alex Anthopoulos New GM


The Atlanta Braves reportedly have their new general manager.

Anthopoulos had a mostly successful tenure in Toronto, where he built a playoff team with some big and bold moves, but he left after Mark Shapiro was named Toronto president and a personality difference surfaced. "The Braves likely will make a decision as soon as possible" about their new GM, and Anthopoulos looks like the favorite.

This news comes after Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on October 2 former Braves general manager John Coppolella resigned because of a "breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the worldwide player market".

Anthopoulos, 40, previously has served as GM of the Blue Jays from 2009-15 before being hired in January by the Dodgers as their vice president of baseball operations. Moore is still under contract and the Royals denied the Braves permission to interview him.

Hart will be getting what's being termed as a "soft landing" in the wake of the investigation which cost GM John Coppolella and high-ranking scout Gordon Blakely their jobs.

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The Braves' first choice was believed to be Dayton Moore, a former Atlanta assistant GM who left to become Royals GM and built Kansas City into a two-time American League pennant victor and 2015 World Series champion.

Earlier in November, Anthopoulos told the Star he was still a Jays fan.

Anthopoulos took over as Blue Jays general manager in 2009 and rebuilt that team into a division victor in 2015, ending a postseason drought of 22 years in Toronto.

Sherman said the new hire will be announced later this week.