Alex Anthopoulos started his meteoric rise to General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays as scouting coordinator for the Montreal Expos in 2003. In 2005 the Toronto Blue Jays brought him in as an assistant General Manager, promoted him to Vice President of baseball operations in 2006 and finally to General Manager in late 2009.
Anthopoulos has endeared himself to Blue Jays fans with his trade making ability and his fearless attitude towards pulling the trigger on a deal that he thinks is best for the baseball club.
I have heard Anthopoulos be called various things throughout his stay in Toronto, such as, "the magician", obviously in reference to his ability to pull off trades but the most appropriate title he’s earned is "one of the best young GMs in the league", because he truly is.
In just under three years at the helm, Anthopoulos has completely revamped the organization. They are younger, more talented, more exciting and frankly better. Time and time again he has targeted players with huge upside and has capitalized on their ability to play. He likes to have control over his players and has made a team option as a part of the contract an Alex Anthopoulos staple.
Here are his 10 best moves as GM of the Toronto Blue Jays.