Alex Anthopoulos taking job with Dodgers' front office: reports
Montreal native has connection to L.A. GM Zaidi
Former Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is taking a job in the front office of the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to several reports.
Anthopoulos did not comment on Tuesday after a Sunday tweet from Vince Cauchon of CHOI 98.1 in Quebec City said the Montreal native had been hired by the National League club.
Anthopoulos will reportedly work alongside general manager Farhan Zaidi, also a Canadian, under the direction of club president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman.
The Blue Jays reached the playoffs for the first time since 1993 after a series of moves orchestrated by Anthopoulos throughout the 2015 season, which earned him MLB executive of the year honours from the Sporting News.
He traded for eventual Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson and signed catcher Russell Martin before last season began and added Troy Tulowitzki, David Price and Ben Revere among others at the trade deadline to key the surge that saw the Blue Jays overtake the New York Yankees in the American League East and come within two wins of reaching the World Series when they lost to the eventual champion Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series.
With his contract due to expire at the end of October, Anthopoulos, 38, walked away from a reported five-year offer to remain with the Blue Jays under new CEO and president Mark Shapiro.
The Dodgers also recently attracted international scouting executive Ismael Cruz from the Blue Jays' organization to join them on the west coast.