Just in time for the General Manager Meetings, which kick off today in Orlando, Florida, the Atlanta Braves have reportedly filled their hole at GM, after firing John Coppolella earlier this year due to an international free agency scandal (that has yet to be fully resolved).
The Braves will officially announce Alex Anthopoulos, the celebrated long-time GM of the Toronto Blue Jays, as their new general manager this week. Anthopoulos has served the last couple years in the Dodgers’ front office as part of their insanely large collection of GM-level executives. Most assumed he was holding that position only until the right GM gig opened up, and with their impressive stable of young talent, the Braves sure seem like an excellent spot to get back into things.
Still, whatever punishments MLB doles out for the IFA shenanigans, it’ll be Anthopoulos who has to deal with them.
The Braves did well, though, to get such an accomplished executive, and in time for the full swing of the offseason. No Cubs executives had been tied to the position in rumors, by the way.