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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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Braves Place Brian McCann On IL

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The Atlanta Braves have placed veteran catcher Brian McCann on the injured list after he suffered a right hamstring strain during Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins.

McCann injured himself while sliding into third base during the fourth inning of the loss to Miami.

McCann signed a one-year, $2 million deal to return to the Braves, where he spent the majority of his career, this past offseason.

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Padres, Dodgers, Reds, Braves, Rays in “Advanced Stages” for Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto

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The Miami Marlins may be closing in on a deal to deal catcher J.T. Realmuto as several teams are considered to be in “advanced stages” in talks about a trade, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro.

The report goes on to say that the Cincinnati Reds are in “substantive” talks with the Marlins.

Other teams linked to the deep talks are the San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Braves Re-Sign Nick Markakis

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The Atlanta Braves have re-signed veteran outfielder Nick Markakis to a one year, $6 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The new deal includes $4 million salary for 2019 and a $6 million club option, or a $2 million buyout for 2020, with $6 million guaranteed.

Markakis, 35, has spent the last four seasons with the Braves, and posted a .297 average with 14 homers and 93 RBIs.

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