Frank Wren fired as Braves GM, John Hart to take over on an interim basis

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And there it is:

Hart, the former Indians and Rangers GM, was hired a year ago as a special advisor. He’s currently an analyst for MLB Network as well. He goes back a long way with Braves president John Schuerholz, so he has support in the organization, but it seems unlikely he’d keep the job for long.

A very likely candidate to take over full-time: assistant GM John Coppolella, who is well-regarded within the game and fits the Braves profile of promoting from within.

Wren was promoted to the GM chair in Atlanta following the 2007 season. He has been successful in maintaining a strong farm system and he has made multiple trades which have worked out OK for the Braves. But his judgment in giving out contract extensions and free agent deals to the likes of B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla and Derek Lowe has been poor, leaving a Braves team which is usually very budget conscious with limited payroll flexibility.

Ultimately, the Braves cratered this year and someone had to take the fall. That someone is Frank Wren.

Dodgers, Tony Gonsolin agree to 2-year, $6.65M contract

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LOS ANGELES — All-Star pitcher Tony Gonsolin and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a two-year, $6.65 million contract that avoided an arbitration hearing.

Gonsolin gets $3.25 million this year and $3.4 million in 2024.

His salary in the second season can escalate by up to $3 million based on a points system in which he will be credited one point for each start, or each relief appearance of 3 1/3 innings: $500,000 apiece for 14, 16, 18, 20, 24 and 28 points. The 2024 salary also would increase by $1,125,000 for winning a Cy Young Award this year, $625,000 for finishing second or third in the voting and $500,000 for finishing fourth or fifth.

The sides exchanged salary proposals on Jan. 13, with Gonsolin seeking a raise from $720,000 last season to $3.4 million this year, while the Dodgers offered $3 million.

The 28-year-old right-hander was 16-1 with a 2.14 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 24 starts during a breakout season last year. Gonsolin earned his first All-Star selection with an 11-0 record and a 2.02 ERA in the first half. He finished with the highest winning percentage (.941) in franchise history.

Gonsolin has been with the Dodgers for parts of four seasons since being drafted in the ninth round out of Saint Mary’s College in 2016. He is 26-6 with a 2.51 ERA in 59 career games.

He helped the Dodgers win the 2020 World Series during the pandemic-shortened season.