Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports that Alex Anthopoulos is a “confirmed candidate” to take over as the Twins’ president of baseball operations. If hired, he would take over following the Twins’ recent front office house cleaning that resulted in Terry Ryan being fired back in July.
Anthopoulos served as senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager with the Blue Jays from 2010-2015. He was a bold and active executive, making big trades — Noah Syndergaard for R.A. Dickey; Brett Lawrie for Josh Donaldson; the David Price trade with Detroit to name just a few — and not being afraid to spend money. He stepped down from the Jays job after Toronto hired Mark Shapiro to be team president and CEO. The thinking was that the Jays owners wanted to cut costs and Shapiro began his tenure by, allegedly, berating Anthopoulos about trading away prospects for higher-priced veterans.
Anthopoulos is working for the Dodgers front office under the title of vice president of baseball operations. It’s clearly one of those holding pattern jobs, however, in which he’s keeping his hand in while he waits for a good opportunity. Building a losing team from the ground up following a front office purge is a pretty good opportunity. Especially considering that the Twins are not wholly bereft of young talent.