Source: Braves set to tab Anthopoulos as GM –

On Sunday, the Braves appeared to be moving closer toward hiring someone to handle both the general manager duties and likely run the baseball operations department. Anthopoulos and Jim Hendry were the top remaining candidates, after a source said the Braves moved away from their top target, Royals senior vice president and general manager Dayton Moore, who would have needed permission from the Royals to become Atlanta’s president of baseball operations.

Before assuming his current role as the Dodgers’ vice president of baseball operations, Anthopoulos served as the Blue Jays’ GM from 2009-16. The high-energy, 40-year-old baseball executive rejected a five-year extension with the Blue Jays at the end of the 2016 season. There was speculation he walked away from the job because he lost some of his autonomy once Toronto hired Mark Shapiro to serve as team president and CEO.

Hendry has long drawn widespread respect as one of the game’s best scouts. The 62-year-old executive served as the Cubs’ general manager from 2002-11. He has since served as a special assistant for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

The Braves are eager to begin moving away from the restrictions that have resulted from MLB’s ongoing investigation into infractions that cost former general manager John Coppolella his job, and created uncertainty about president of baseball operations John Hart’s future.

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

The results of the investigation will determine Hart’s future. 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

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