Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos as next GM, reports say


Sherman also noted that John Hart is expected to stay on board as the president of baseball operations, but will turn the powers over to Anthopoulous when it comes to decision making.

Former Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos jumped on a plane for Atlanta on Monday afternoon where he will be officially announced as the new Braves GM later in the day.

The Montreal native spent 12 years with the Blue Jays, serving as GM from 2009 through the 2015 season and building a team that made its first playoff appearance in 22 years in 2015 after a 93-win season.

In October 2015, he declined the Blue Jays' five-year contract extension and eventually landed in Los Angeles, where he helped build the 2017 National League champions. The 62-year-old executive served as the Cubs' general manager from 2002-11. He beat out Dodgers senior VP of baseball ops Josh Byrnes and Jim Hendry, a special assistant to New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman.

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He would replace John Coppolella after he resigned last month as a result of a breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the global player market after two years on the job.

With the Braves potentially subject to penalties once MLB concludes its investigation into activity conducted within the domestic Draft and on the global market, there is obviously a need to hire a strong leader who can improve morale and also build trust around the league.

Anthopoulos, 40, is expected to take over baseball operations with final say on personnel, though John Hart will reportedly remain in his current role as president of baseball operations.