The last time Alex Anthopoulos attended Major League Baseball’s General Manager Meetings, he was out of work, having just resigned as GM of the Blue Jays in the aftermath of a front-office makeover in which Mark Shapiro came over from the Indians to oversee the team’s baseball operations. Anthopoulos stopped by, however, to be recognized as the Sporting News Executive of the Year, voted on by his peers, for having overseen the rebuilding of a Blue Jays franchise that was coming off a late-season rush to claim the 2015 AL East title and advance to the postseason for the first time since winning back-to-back World Series in 1992 and ’93.
Anthopoulos returned to the Meetings on Monday.
And this time he has a mission: He was announced earlier in the day as the new GM of the Braves, assigned to help a franchise that has what is considered one of the best farm systems in baseball.
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