Report: the Braves have offered to make John Hart their permanent GM

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Atlanta Braves have offered to make John Hart their permanent general manager. But there’s a hitch: it would be a short-term gig:

Were Hart to accept the job, it’s likely he would groom assistant GM John Coppolella … It’s conceivable Coppolella could be elevated to the job now, too, though Atlanta could widen its search were Hart to turn it down. Hart had a similar situation in Texas, where he left the job in the hands of then-28-year-old Jon Daniels.

This makes little sense to me. Most people in the game consider Coppolella to be ready for the gig. He’s far less green than any number of other young successful GMs in the game. If this were a situation where the Braves needed to totally clean house and needed Hart or someone to be a hatchet man for a while, great, but that’s not the case. And there’s certainly no reason why Hart can’t be the same sort of advisor to Coppollella from the sidelines as a special assistant or whatever than he could be as the actual GM.

Take the the training wheels off, guys. Give the job to Coppolella before someone else steals him out from under you.

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.