For all that has been made about the moves the Dodgers have been involved with on the field, the addition they just announced might be among the best of the entire offseason.
They’ve added reigning MLB Executive of The Year Alex Anthopolous to their front office as Vice President of Baseball Operations.
This, taken directly from their release:
“We are thrilled to be bringing Alex on board,” said Dodger President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman. “Farhan [Zaidi], Josh [Byrnes], and myself all have longstanding relationships with him and believe his experience and perspective will be a tremendous asset to our organization.”
Anthopoulos, 38, will assist in all aspects of Baseball Operations.
Anthopoulos spent the past six seasons as the Blue Jays’ General Manager, culminating with a selection as Sporting News’ MLB Executive of the Year in 2015, when his trade-deadline acquisitions helped spur the Blue Jays to an AL East title and their first postseason appearance in 22 years.
Anthopoulos joined Toronto following the 2003 season as a scouting coordinator and earned a promotion to Vice President, Baseball Operations & Assistant General Manager in 2006 before taking over as GM on Oct. 3, 2009. He began his baseball career with the Expos as a media relations intern in 2000 before transitioning to scouting for the club for the next three seasons.
The offseason might have started out bumpy (to say the least), but the organization on the whole continues to bounce back from losing Zack Greinke by either finding replacements for great value, investing in the future or, in this case, acquiring talented people to assist the franchise at a higher level.