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Atlanta Braves hire Alex Anthopoulos as next general manager

13 November 2017

Former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos will be announced as the Atlanta Braves' new general manager, and it appears he will have ultimate decision-making authority in the baseball department.

The official announcement is expected to come sometime during the MLB GM meetings, which begin on Monday.

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

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Anthopoulos, 40, had been the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations, a position he held since he left the Blue Jays after the 2015 season.

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The investigation is expected to be completed within the next few weeks and the Braves are likely to face heavy penalties including the possible loss of prospects and restrictions on draft and free-agent dealings.

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Anthopoulos was the Braves' second choice for the job with Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore being their favourite, Sherman writes. Sherman reports that Hart prefers Anthopoulos for the GM job, while club vice chairman John Schuerholz is thought to prefer former Cubs GM Jim Hendry.

Earlier in November, Anthopoulos told the Star he was still a Jays fan. Sources say Coppolella has hired a lawyer, though he isn't speaking about the matter.

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. 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 global market.

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Atlanta Braves hire Alex Anthopoulos as next general manager