Alex Anthopoulos joins Dodgers after stepping down as Blue Jays GM

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Alex Anthopoulos, who was named Executive of the Year by The Sporting News on the same day he stepped down as Blue Jays general manager, has joined the Dodgers front office as vice president of baseball operations.

Anthopoulos spent six seasons as the GM in Toronto and the Blue Jays made the playoffs last season for the first time since 1993, but he resigned from the job in early November rather than work under new team president (and former Indians general manager) Mark Shapiro.

Now he’ll work under Dodgers president Andrew Friedman in a front office that also includes Farhan Zaidi as GM and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president of baseball operations. It’s hard to tell exactly what the new pecking order in Los Angeles will be, but Anthopoulos is seemingly no higher than third in command.

It’s likely just a short-term gig, however, as he figures to be a very popular GM candidate for any teams making changes at the top.