John Hart, former GM of the Indians and the Rangers, is the Braves interim general manager. It was reported that he was offered the job full time by the Braves. Jeff Passan of Yahoo, however, reports that Hart has declined the offer:
Sources: John Hart has turned down the Braves’ offer to be GM. For now, Atlanta focused on AGM John Coppolella and Royals GM Dayton Moore.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 15, 2014
Coppolella is a Braves assistant GM and many around baseball believe he is ready for the full-time gig. Moore, the Royals GM, was a longtime Braves employee who topped out as an assistant GM in Atlanta after working his way up the system. He is from nearby Kansas, however, has been with the Royals for nearly a decade and is on the verge of winning an AL pennant, so one wonders if or why the Braves job would be appealing to him.
It’s unclear if Hart will stay on in the senior advisor role he assumed last offseason.