Braves to name Alex Anthopoulos as next GM, reports say

Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos will be named the new GM of the Atlanta Braves, reports Joel Sherman‏ of the New York Post.

The move could be announced during the GM Meetings that run from Monday through Thursday at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando, and comes six weeks after John Coppolella was forced to resign as Braves GM amid an investigation by Major League Baseball into numerous alleged rules infractions by the Braves primarily in the areas of worldwide free agency and the domestic draft. The organization reportedly skirted multiple rules in the worldwide player market.

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. For now, according to reports, Hart will remain in place, while Anthopoulos will wield most of the power in baseball decisions.

The situation is far from being finalized, however, due to the Braves holding out hope that Moore could still become available, Major League Baseball's ongoing investigation into signing violations under former Braves GM John Coppolella, and the status of Braves president of baseball operations John Hart.

For the Royals, the news offers a measure of comfort as a pivotal offseason continues. His ties to the organization and Schuerholz, its current vice chairman, made him a natural candidate for the job.

Anthopoulos, who served as GM of the Blue Jays from 2009-15, is expected to be introduced Monday at the general managers' meetings in Orlando. He departed following the arrival of new club president Mark Shapiro, a former executive in Cleveland.

Anthopolous, 40, spent seven years as Blue Jays general manager through 2015 before spending the past two seasons as Dodgers vice president of baseball operations.

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