For the second straight season, the Dodgers’ biggest off-season acquisition might be a new member of their executive team.
Alex Anthopoulos, the Toronto Blue Jays’ general manager from 2010-15, will join the Dodgers’ front office in some capacity according to multiple reports this week. Two sources familiar with the situation told me that Anthopoulos, a Montreal native, has close ties to the Toronto area and would be reluctant to leave unless he felt strongly compelled by the Dodgers’ offer. It’s unknown what that offer is.
The Dodgers have had one of MLB’s more robust executive teams for the last year, a group that includes team president Stan Kasten, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, general manager Farhan Zaidi, and executive vice president Josh Byrnes. If they aren’t running out of titles, the Dodgers might be running out of executive offices on the fifth floor of Dodger Stadium.
The Blue Jays ended a 22-year playoff drought this year under Anthopoulos, who resigned at the end of the season rather than accept a five-year contract extension. Anthopoulos was already out of work when The Sporting News chose him as its Executive of the Year in October.
The Blue Jays went 489-483 during Anthopoulos’ tenure. Before he became GM, the 38-year-old served as the Blue Jays’ scouting coordinator and assistant general manager.