Alex Anthopoulos to be hired as Braves GM

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

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The Atlanta Braves reportedly have their new general manager.

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

Anthopoulos, the former Toronto Blue Jays GM, will be in charge of baseball decisions, according to person with knowledge of the hiring who is not authorized to speak publicly because the move hasn't been announced.

Hart will be getting what's being termed as a "soft landing" in the wake of the investigation which cost GM John Coppolella and high-ranking scout Gordon Blakely their jobs.

Anthopoulos will take over a Braves team looking to reestablish itself as a National League contender.

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The Braves had first tried to interview Royals GM Dayton Moore, previously a top Braves executive, for their top baseball job soon after the scandal came to light, but Moore has three years remaining on his deal and Royals owner David Glass declined the Braves' overtures, as is allowed.

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

Hart was also being looked at by Major League Baseball in its investigation to determine whether he had knowledge of misdeeds by Coppolella and Blakeley. If he is removed from his current role, the Braves would not necessarily have to name somebody president of baseball operations; the GM hired could handle the responsibilities of the role.

Anthopolous will be reunited in Atlanta with Perry Minasian, his former Blue Jays scouting director who was hired in September as Braves director of player personnel, a new position in the organization.

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