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Braves give Brian Snitker another year

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As expected, the Atlanta Braves announced today that Brian Snitker will come back for another season as their manager.

In their announcement, team president and acting general manager John Hart praised Snitker as “life-long Brave” who has “devoted his last 42 years to this organization.” Hart says Snitker has shown that he is dedicated to “guiding the team through this transition period.” Hart added that decisions on the other Braves coaches will be made in the coming weeks.

As we have argued in recent days, it is not at all clear that Snitker is the best man to lead the team going forward. The recent turmoil in the Braves front office, however, seems to have bought him some extra time. Meanwhile, Snitker’s presence in the dugout buys whoever takes over the front office some extra time too, as a disappointing 2018 season could be addressed by simply firing Snitker, pushing off tough questions for the new GM — or Hart, if he holds over in the role longer than expected — to a later date.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.