Alex Anthopoulos Reportedly Will Be Named Braves GM

The former Blue Jays GM will be taking over for John Coppalella, who was sacked following MLB's investigation into the team's activities in the worldwide market.

Special assistant and worldwide scouting supervisor Gordon Blakeley was also forced to resign along with Coppolella on October 2. The results of the investigation and possible penalties are forthcoming. Though Blakeley soon rescinded his resignation, he has not continued as a Braves employee and met again last week with Major League Baseball offficials in NY as part of its investigation. Anthopoulos was most recently the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations.

Anthopoulos' most successful season in Toronto came during the 2015 season when they won the AL East division with a 93-69 overall record and advanced to the ALCS where they were defeated by the eventual champion Kansas City Royals, 4 games to 2.

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. Hart's own contract with the Braves expired after the 2017 season, and it isn't yet clear if he will remain atop Atlanta's baseball ops pyramid or if the team could desire a clean slate with a new name in charge of the front office.

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Earlier in November, Anthopoulos told the Star he was still a Jays fan.

Anthopoulos is expected to make final decisions on all baseball matters in Atlanta, though John Hart remains with the team as president of baseball operations. Sources say Coppolella has hired a lawyer, though he isn't speaking about the matter.

Anthopoulos, 40, served as the Blue Jays' general manager from 2009 to 2015, guiding the team back to the postseason after a long drought.

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