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Alex Anthopoulos officially joins Dodgers as VP of baseball ops

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have hired Alex Anthopoulos as vice president of baseball operations, joining general manager and fellow Canadian Farhan Zaidi in the front office.

He comes to Los Angeles from Toronto, where the 38-year-old executive spent the past six years as GM of the Blue Jays. He was named MLB executive of the year by Sporting News last year after his deals at the trade deadline helped the team win the AL East and make the playoffs for the first time in 22 years.

Besides Zaidi, Anthopoulos has long known Andrew Friedman, president of baseball operations, and Josh Byrnes, director of player development.

Anthopoulos began his baseball career with the Montreal Expos as a publicity intern before moving to scouting for three years. He joined Toronto after the 2003 season as a scouting coordinator and earned a promotion to VP of baseball operations and assistant GM in 2006 before taking over as GM in 2009.

The move was announced Tuesday.