Yesterday, Alex Anthopoulos was given an extension and promotion that will keep him with the Atlanta Braves through 2024. Over the past three seasons, Alex Anthopoulos has reshaped this roster into a perennial contender with wise moves over his time.
In 2017, the Atlanta Braves were in dire straits when John Coppolella, the general manager for Atlanta at the time, was banned from baseball for life. At the time, the Braves were in the midst of a rebuild with an interim manager at the helm of the team. Whoever was chosen to take over for Coppy was going to have quite the challenge ahead of them. Luckily, the Braves made the right decision by hiring Alex Anthopoulos.
It hasn’t been a smooth road for AA since joining the Braves in 2017. Walking into a situation like Atlanta in 2017 was no easy task for AA, the Braves were the cellar dwellers in the NL East and some of the top prospects in the organization were taken away after the Coppy controversy. Luckily, for Atlanta and Anthopoulos, the Braves still retained a bulk of their minor league talent, including Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Mike Soroka. Those names would help AA solidify his success in Atlanta, leading to the contract extension and promotion he was granted yesterday.
AA hasn’t just shaped this Braves team with players drafted before he came to Atlanta. AA has never been afraid to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade or signing a high-priced free agent. Let’s look at some of the moves that AA has made to make this Braves into what it is today.