ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have hired former Dodgers and Blue Jays executive Alex Anthopoulos as their general manager, giving the team a young but experienced leader to provide stability amid a crisis.
Anthopoulos also was named executive vice president in control of baseball operations.
The 40-year-old Anthopoulos was introduced by team chairman Terry McGuirk, who at a news conference Monday also announced that John Hart is moving into a new role as a senior adviser as Anthopoulos takes over baseball operations from Hart.
Anthopoulos, Toronto's onetime general manager, spent the last two seasons as the Dodgers' vice president of baseball operations. He succeeds John Coppolella, who was forced to resign on Oct. 2 after an ongoing investigation by Major League Baseball disclosed rule violations committed by the Braves in the international player market.
After being named the Blue Jays' GM in 2009, Anthopoulos helped build the team that won the AL East in 2015, ending a 22-year postseason drought.
Gordon Blakeley, the team's international scouting chief, also resigned last month following the disclosure of international scouting violations described by Hart as "serious."
Anthopoulos began his baseball career with the Montreal Expos as a publicity intern before moving to scouting for three years. He joined Toronto after the 2003 season as a scouting coordinator and earned a promotion to VP of baseball operations and assistant GM in 2006 before taking over as GM.