Alex Anthopoulos Reportedly Will Be Named Braves GM

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2017

TORONTO, CANADA - JANUARY 17: General manager Alex Anthopoulos of the Toronto Blue Jays at a press conference introducing Jose Reyes #7 at Rogers Centre on January 17, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The Atlanta Braves reportedly have their new general manager.

On Sunday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Alex Anthopoulos will receive the job, and an official announcement could come at the general manager meetings this week.  

Sherman noted John Hart will remain as the team's president of baseball operations for the time being but called him more of a "counsel/figurehead." Sherman said Anthopoulos will make final baseball-related decisions.

This news comes after Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported on Oct. 2 former Braves general manager John Coppolella resigned because of a "breach of Major League Baseball rules regarding the international player market."

According to SportsNet, Anthopoulos was most recently the vice president of baseball operations for the Los Angeles Dodgers but was general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2009 through 2015.

The Jays reached the American League Championship Series in 2015 and won 93 regular-season games, marking the first time they reached the 90-win plateau since they were World Series champions in 1993.

Anthopoulos will take over a Braves team looking to reestablish itself as a National League contender. Atlanta missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record in each of the last four years, but the future does look bright.

Jim Callis of MLB.com provided the website's rankings of the farm systems across the league, and the Braves checked in at second place behind only the Chicago White Sox. What's more, Atlanta was ranked as the best farm system before the 2017 campaign and features a collection of talented young players, including outfielder Ronald Acuna, infielder Ozzie Albies and pitcher Kolby Allard.

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