Anthopoulos was with the Blue Jays for 12 years, serving as GM starting in 2009 before leaving the team in October a day after he earned executive of the year honors from his peers and rejected an offer to remain in what might have been a diminished role under the team's new president.
Toronto announced that Anthropoulos left the team just days before former Cleveland Indians president Mark Shapiro took over as Toronto president. Shapiro, a former general manager, replaced Paul Beeston, who retired after years of running the business side of the Blue Jays.
The Sporting News announced Anthopoulos was chosen executive of the year for 2015. He acquired MVP candidate Josh Donaldson in the offseason and traded for David Price and Troy Tulowitzki before the deadline to help Toronto reach its first playoffs since 1993.
"I don't know that I've had to make a harder decision in my life," Anthopoulos said about leaving Toronto. "I just didn't feel like this was a right fit for me going forward."