Braves set to hire Anthopoulos as GM
LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. — (TNS) The Atlanta Braves will hire former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos as their next general manager, a person familiar with the situation confirmed late Sunday.
Anthopoulos served seven years as Blue Jays general manager through 2015 — he was hired to that post at just 32 years of age — before spending the past two seasons as Dodgers vice president of baseball operations.
He has a background in scouting but was among the first wave of young GMs to fully embrace the use of statistical analytics, and he’s known for being aggressive with trades and signings.
Anthopoulos’ hiring comes just as the GM Meetings begin Monday at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, Fla., and six weeks after John Coppolella was forced to resign as Braves GM amid a investigation by Major League Baseball into numerous alleged rules infractions by the Braves in the areas of international free agency and the draft.