Alex Anthopoulos to sign Braves deal today

Jul 31 2015 Toronto Ontario CAN Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos addresses the media during a press conference before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Anthopoulos joined the Blue Jays in late 2003, as their scouting coordinator, and after the 2005 season was promoted to assistant GM under J.P. Ricciardi.

While with Toronto, Anthopoulos had a reputation for being aggressive with trades.

Anthopoulos will reportedly have the final say on all baseball decisions in Atlanta while John Hart will remain the teams president of baseball operations, in a counsel position.

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.

Special assistant and global scouting supervisor Gordon Blakeley was also forced to resign along with Coppolella on October 2. Major League Baseball is still investigating the Coppolella situation. Though Blakeley soon rescinded his resignation, he has not continued as a Braves employee and met again last week with Major League Baseball offficials in NY as part of its investigation.

Anthopoulos was the Braves' second choice for the job with Kansas City Royals GM Dayton Moore being their favourite, Sherman writes.

Earlier in November, Anthopoulos told the Star he was still a Jays fan.

With the Braves potentially subject to penalties once MLB concludes its investigation into activity conducted within the domestic Draft and on the worldwide market, there is obviously a need to hire a strong leader who can improve morale and also build trust around the league.

Anthopoulos will now head a team with a seemingly bright future due to a motherlode of prospects, though a team that still looks to be at least a year or two away.

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