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Anthopoulos to get Braves GM job - Hart's role to be diminished

Kristopher Love | 13 November, 2017, 17:05

Sherman says the Braves could make an announcement possibly as soon as this week during the GM meetings.

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.

The Braves have been without a GM since John Coppolella resigned on October 2 amid an Major League Baseball investigation into a potential breach of rules regarding the worldwide player market. 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.

Anthopoulos spent the past two seasons working under Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers' president of baseball operations, in Los Angeles. The results of the investigation and possible penalties are forthcoming.

The Braves' first choice was believed to be Dayton Moore, a former Atlanta assistant GM who left to become Royals GM and built Kansas City into a two-time American League pennant victor and 2015 World Series champion. For now, according to reports, Hart will remain in place, while Anthopoulos will wield most of the power in baseball decisions. But as the investigation into the Braves continued, he was linked to the job for weeks. Anthopoulos is expected to have final say in baseball matters.

Anthopoulos took over as Blue Jays general manager in 2009 and rebuilt that team into a division victor in 2015, ending a postseason drought of 22 years in Toronto.

Anthopolous was a scout with the Expos and Blue Jays before becoming one of baseball's youngest-ever GMs.

Anthopoulos, a native of Canada, served as the Blue Jays GM from 2010-2015, after joining the organization in 2003.