Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

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

Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos will be named the new GM of the Atlanta Braves, reports Joel Sherman‏ of the New York Post.

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

While the Braves now have John Hart as president of baseball operations, Hart's contract expires at the end of the year and it's not believed that he'll continue in the same position, and if he does it will probably not be with ultimate power as head of baseball operations.

The Braves have been without a general manager since John Coppolella resigned over a month ago. There is said to be no evidence directly implicating Hart in the rule breaking found to this point, but he was in charge when it occurred and there's a question of a management issue. Commissioner Rob Manfred will make the ultimate call on penalties. Anthopoulos is expected to have final say in baseball matters. 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. He somewhat surprisingly left the job after his contract was up after the 2015 season, however, the presence of new Jays president Mark Shapiro meant that Anthopoulos would've essentially been demoted to second-in-command on the team's depth chart of baseball decision-makers.

Anthopolous was a scout with the Expos and Blue Jays before becoming one of baseball's youngest-ever GMs.

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