Monday, 20 November, 2017

Anthopoulos to be named Braves GM

Alex Anthopoulos Reportedly Will Be Named Braves GM Source: Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos new GM
Rita Gibson | 13 November, 2017, 17:05

The Atlanta Braves reportedly have their new general manager.

Sherman says the Braves could make an announcement possibly as soon as this week during the GM meetings.

The former Toronto Blue Jays GM replaces John Coppolella, who resigned last month amid an investigation into violations in the global player market.

Moore was unlikely to move to Atlanta unless he supplanted John Hart, the team's president of baseball operations, as the top executive on the baseball side. Though Blakeley soon rescinded his resignation, he has not continued as a Braves employee and met again last week with Major League Baseball offficials in NY as part of its investigation.

MLB's continuing Braves investigation is said to be in the final stages, but word is that a decision about possible penalties may still be a few weeks away.

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Anthopoulos was the Braves' second choice for the job with Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore being their favourite, Sherman writes.

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.

If Anthopoulos, was a Plan B, then most around baseball would probably agree it was an impressive fallback for the Braves, especially considering the black eye the organization has absorbed since details of the investigation first began to leak.

Earlier in November, Anthopoulos told the Star he was still a Jays fan. Sources say Coppolella has hired a lawyer, though he isn't speaking about the matter.

Alex Anthopoulos, 40, served as general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2009 to 2015 when he declined the team's offer of a five-year extension.

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