Alex Anthopoulos to be next GM of Atlanta Braves, report says

Alex Anthopoulos to be next GM of Atlanta Braves, report says

The club has chosen Alex Anthopoulos, a former general manager in Toronto and current vice president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to multiple reports.

It is believed that John Hart will stay on as president of baseball operations.

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. Anthopoulos was most recently the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations. The results of the investigation and possible penalties are forthcoming. But Kansas City did not give permission to Moore to interview for the position.

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.

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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. Sources say Coppolella has hired a lawyer, though he isn't speaking about the matter.

Anthopoulos, who served as GM of the Blue Jays from 2009-15, is expected to be introduced Monday at the general managers' meetings in Orlando.

Anthopoulos actually left the Jays in very good shape, with some big-time prospects such as Vladimir Guerrero Jr., not just major-league stars.

Anthopoulos, 40, worked as Toronto's GM for six seasons, building the nucleus that led the Jays to consecutive runs to the ALCS in 2015-16.