Ken Rosenthal reports that Braves interim GM John Hart has accepted an offer to take the top job permanently, and will soon be named Braves President of Baseball Operations.
The title is interesting. John Schuerholz has been team president for some time, but his responsibilities extend beyond baseball ops. The top purely baseball guy in Atlanta has, traditionally, been the GM. With Hart taking the President of Baseball Operations job, it implies that the Braves will now adopt the two-headed management style we’ve seen in Chicago and will soon see in Los Angeles, with a general manager below Hart, who will handle the day-to-day but who will still answer to, and will possibly be vetoed by, Hart.
Could that GM be John Coppolella, the current assistant GM? If it isn’t, one would have to assume another organization would want to poach him. If it is, one would assume that there is a grooming process going on here where the young Coppolella will eventually take over for the 66-year-old Hart.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.
Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.
Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.
Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.
In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.