Alex Anthopoulos

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Alex Anthopoulos
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Born (1977-05-25) May 25, 1977 (age 37)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Education Bachelor of Arts
Alma mater McMaster University
Occupation General Manager of the Toronto Blue Jays
Known for Baseball
Predecessor J. P. Ricciardi

Alex Anthopoulos (born May 25, 1977)[1][2] is the Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays. He was appointed to this position from his former position of Assistant General Manager on October 3, 2009, after previous GM J. P. Ricciardi was fired. Anthopoulos came to the Blue Jays in 2003 as a scouting coordinator, after working in the Montreal Expos organization starting in 2000.[2][3]

Personal[edit]

Anthopoulos is a Greek Canadian who was born in Montreal, Quebec.[2] He has a degree in economics from McMaster University,[3] and is married with two children. Anthopoulos began his career working with the Montreal Expos. He started working in the Toronto Blue Jays organization in 2003, as a scouting coordinator, before being promoted to assistant general manager and finally to general manager.

General Manager of the Blue Jays[edit]

Alex Anthopoulos began his tenure as the general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays by playing a major role in one of the biggest trades in Blue Jays history, "The Doc Deal". In the deal, Anthopoulos traded Roy Halladay to the Philadelphia Phillies for Kyle Drabek, Michael Taylor, and Travis d'Arnaud. Soon afterwards, he sent Michael Taylor to the Oakland Athletics for Brett Wallace, and in July 2010, traded Brett Wallace to the Houston Astros for center field prospect Anthony Gose.

On December 22, 2009, Anthopoulos traded reliever Brandon League and minor league outfielder Johermyn Chavez to acquire Brandon Morrow from the Seattle Mariners.

On July 14, 2010 Anthopoulos made a deal with the Atlanta Braves to acquire Yunel Escobar, and Jo-Jo Reyes in exchange for Álex González, and two minor league prospects: Tim Collins, and Tyler Pastornicky.

The Jays' first season with Anthopoulos at the helm resulted in an 85–77 record, good for fourth place in the American League East division. The club belted a franchise-record 257 home runs, the third-highest single-season total by any club in major league history.

On January 21, 2011, Anthopoulos completed a blockbuster trade, shipping another longtime face of the Blue Jays franchise Vernon Wells and the remaining US$86 million over the next four years to the Los Angeles Angels for slugging catcher Mike Napoli and veteran outfielder Juan Rivera. He then sent Napoli to the Texas Rangers for pitcher Frank Francisco and Rivera to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

On July 28, 2011, Anthopoulos made two successive trades to acquire center fielder Colby Rasmus from the St. Louis Cardinals. In the first, the Blue Jays traded pitching prospect Zach Stewart and veteran reliever Jason Frasor to the Chicago White Sox for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and infielder Mark Teahen. Jackson was then traded with relief pitchers Marc Rzepczynski and Octavio Dotel, outfielder Corey Patterson, and cash or three players to be named later to the Cardinals for Rasmus and relief pitchers Brian Tallet, P.J. Walters and Trever Miller.

On August 23, 2011, Anthopoulos traded infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald to the Arizona Diamondbacks for second baseman Kelly Johnson.

Before the 2012 Major League Baseball season, he was known to make trades in order to acquire supplemental draft picks. The most prominent example was when he acquired Miguel Olivo, a Type B free agent, and declined his club option the next day making Olivo a free agent. The Blue Jays gained a supplemental first-round draft pick when Olivo signed with the Seattle Mariners.

On November 13, 2012, Anthopolous completed a blockbuster deal with the Miami Marlins, acquiring shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck, and infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio in exchange for shortstop Yunel Escobar, pitcher Henderson Alvarez, catcher Jeff Mathis and four minor-league prospects. Cash was also sent to the Jays in the trade.

On November 16, 2012, Anthopolous signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million deal.

On November 20, 2012, it was announced that Anthopolous had re-hired John Gibbons as manager of the Blue Jays, signing him to a two-year deal.

On December 17, 2012 Anthopoulos acquired the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey in a trade with the New York Mets that sent prospects Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, minor leaguer Wuilmer Becrra and catcher John Buck to New York. Toronto also received catcher Josh Thole and minor league catcher Mike Nickeas in the trade. As part of the transaction, the Blue Jays signed Dickey to an extension worth a total of $29 million over 3 years with a $12 million 4th year option.[4]

International[edit]

Anthopoulos served as an advance scout for the Greek National Baseball Team for the 2004 Summer Olympics. The Greek team finished in 7th place.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.whiff-of-grape.ca/
  2. ^ a b c Bastian, Jordan (2009-10-03). "Ricciardi out as Blue Jays GM". MLB.com. Archived from the original on 6 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  3. ^ a b Griffin, Richard (October 4, 2009). "'Kid' Alex Anthopoulos takes over as Jays GM". Toronto Star. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Dickey deal official as Blue Jays acquire ace". Retrieved December 17, 2012. 

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Preceded by
J. P. Ricciardi
Toronto Blue Jays General Manager
2009–present
Succeeded by
current