One of baseball’s most highly-regarded executives will be sticking in Atlanta for the foreseeable future. The Braves announced on Friday morning that they’ve signed president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos to a contract extension that runs through the 2031 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Atlanta #Braves have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos that will keep him with the club through the 2031 season. pic.twitter.com/UmOBvrXoui— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) January 12, 2024
“Alex and I have enjoyed a wonderful working relationship, and I look forward to that continuing for many years to come,” Terry McGuirk, chairman and CEO of Braves Holdinsg LLC said in a statement. “I have been around this game a very long time and know that Alex’s track record of success is truly something special. There is simply no one better in the business. This extension gives Alex the runway to make long-term decisions and the opportunity to continue his track record of assembling teams that are perennial contenders. I have the utmost confidence in his ability to deliver championship baseball for our fans well into the future.”
Under Anthopoulos, the Braves have developed into one of baseball’s model organizations. Atlanta has never missed the playoffs in his six seasons as lead executive, winning the NL East every single year while advancing to the NLCS twice and capturing the 2021 World Series. The team has topped 100 wins in each of the last two seasons (the ninth and 10th such feats in franchise history) and their MLB-best 104 wins in 2023 were tied for the second-highest mark in franchise history behind only the 1998 squad. And with just about every major piece of the team’s core — from Ronald Acuna Jr. to Austin Riley to Ozzie Albies to Matt Olson to Spencer Strider — locked up for the long haul, Atlanta doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.
The Braves have brought in talent from just about everywhere: the draft, international free agency, trades, you name it. They’ve been willing to spend big when necessary, but they’ve also become one of baseball’s best developers of pitching, repeatedly doing more with less (like, for example, Strider, a fourth-round pick out of Clemson back in 2020). It’s hard to argue with those results, and it’s understandably prompted ownership to give Anthopoulos some long-term financial security.
“I’d like to thank Terry for his continued support and trust,” Anthopoulos added. “The Braves are an incredible organization to be a part of, and I’m proud of the success we’ve achieved together. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to lead baseball operations and to strive to bring another World Series to Atlanta.”
Anthopoulos, 46, started in baseball at the bottom. He was an unpaid intern with the Expos in 2000, eventually working his way up to assistant scouting director before being hired by the Blue Jays as scouting coordinator in 2003. By 2005, he was assistant general manager, and was elevated to general manager after the 2009 season — where he immediately set about turning Toronto into a contender around names like Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Donaldson. Anthopoulos’ success with the Jays made him a hot commodity around the league, and he rejected a contract extension prior to the 2016 season in order to become vice president of baseball operations with the Dodgers. On Nov. 13, 2017, the Braves hired Anthopoulos as executive vice president and general manager, elevating his title in February of 2020 to president of baseball operations.