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Alex Anthopoulos Introduced As Braves’ New General Manager And Executive Vice President

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During a news conference Monday afternoon at SunTrust Park, the Atlanta Braves introduced Alex Anthopoulos as the team’s next general manager and executive vice president.

The contract runs for four years through 2021.

Anthopoulos, 40, has been the Los Angeles Dodgers’ vice president of player development for the last two seasons. Prior to that, he was the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays through 2010-2015, though he’d been part of the organization since 2003 as a scout and assistant general manager.

After the 2015 season, Anthopoulos rejected a five-year deal to remain Toronto’s general manager; the Blue Jays were defeated in the ALCS that year.

The Braves are definitely a struggling franchise. They won just 72 games in 2017, 68 in 2016, and 67 in 2015. So they’ve barely gotten better the last two years. But they want to become a force again, a winning team, a contender. With the well respected Anthopoulos at the helm, this could be the start of something big; and he expects just that:

“I view this as one of the premier jobs in all of sports with the young talent that we have here. There are some dynamic young players. There’s no question that we certainly expect big things moving forward.”

Braves’ chairman and CEO Terry McGuirk is also highly confident that Anthopoulos is the right man for the job:

“Alex is one of the brightest and most respected young executives in baseball. In his new role with the Atlanta Braves, Alex will have full control of the baseball side of the operation. Alex will report directly to me. I’ve made it clear to Alex that he will have the latitude to strengthen the baseball operations as he sees fit.”

Anthopoulos replaces John Coppolella as general manager, who resigned on October 2 with two years remaining on his contract for his involvement in international market infractions.

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Tigers Claim Dustin Peterson

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The Detroit Tigers have claimed outfielder Dustin Peterson off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves and optioned him.

In a corresponding move, the Tigers transferred John Hicks fro the 10-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

Peterson, 23, has had ups and downs during this stint in the minors, and has yet to show off the power that many thought he possessed.

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Braves Acquire Rene Rivera

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The Atlanta Braves have acquired catcher Rene Rivera from the Los Angeles Angels via a waiver claim, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.

With the move the Braves will take on the remaining $500k on Rivera’s contract. Rivera is scheduled to hit free agency after the season and currently carries a slash line of .244/.287/.439 to go along with four homeruns over 30 games this season.

Rivera has been limited this season due to injury.

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Braves Select Bryse Wilson, Designate Ryan Flaherty

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The Atlanta Braves have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Bryse Wilson from Triple-A Gwinnett, who will start tonight’s game ahead of right-hander Kevin Gausman, who was pushed back a day in the rotation, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

In corresponding moves, Atlanta has designated Ryan Flaherty for assignment and has announced that it has outrighted left-hander Chad Bell off of their 40-man roster.

Wilson, 20, opened the 2018 season at Class-A Advanced but has been so impressive he rose up the ranks, reaching the Triple-A level.

 

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