Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos as next GM, reports say


Anthopoulos spent the past two seasons working under Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, in Los Angeles. He has a background in scouting but was among the first wave of young GMs to fully utilize analytics and is also known to be aggressive in trades.

Special assistant and global scouting supervisor Gordon Blakeley was also forced to resign along with Coppolella on October 2.

MLB's continuing Braves investigation is said to be in the final stages, but word is that a decision about possible penalties may still be a few weeks away. Coppolella, who was forced out, did a terrific job of player procurement, and the Braves are stacked at the minor league level.

Moore was unlikely to move to Atlanta unless he supplanted John Hart, the team's president of baseball operations, as the top executive on the baseball side. Three sources paint Anthopoulos as the front-runner for the job, given that there still seems to be little traction to the idea of Moore leaving Kansas City for Atlanta. For now, according to reports, Hart will remain in place, while Anthopoulos will wield most of the power in baseball decisions. The Braves' first choice for the job had been Royals GM Dayton Moore, but owner David Glass never even granted Moore permission to interview.

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

Alex Anthopoulos, 40, served as general manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2009 to 2015 when he declined the team's offer of a five-year extension.

Hart was also being looked at by Major League Baseball in its investigation to determine whether he had knowledge of misdeeds by Coppolella and Blakeley.