Report: #Braves offer Hart GM job

Via the reliable Jeff Passan:

Braves president John Schuerholz offered Hart the option of taking over the team’s GM duties full time, sources told Yahoo Sports. Before making a decision, Hart told Schuerholz he needed to give it serious thought, sources said. …

Were Hart to accept the job, it’s likely he would groom assistant GM John Coppolella, 35, whom the Braves retained.

Hart’s success in Cleveland is well documented, but his record in Texas hasn’t received much scrutiny. It’s not great, though his time in Arlington (2001-04) was brief.

He signed Chan Ho Park to a huge contract, traded Travis Hafner for Einar Diaz and Ryan Drese and shipped A-Rod, whom he inherited, to the Yankees for Alfonso Soriano. His drafts were underwhelming, though three of his picks are still productive big leaguers: Ian Kinsler, Scott Feldman and John Danks.

On the plus side, he acquired Adrian Gonzalez for Ugueth Urbina and released John Rocker.

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3 comments

  1. I could handle JH being the caretaker until Coppolella gets the job full time.

    The major drawback there is that it might guarantee F. Haas another year to drive us further into the ground.

  2. Hart is nothing to get excited about. But what infuriates me are the platitudes Schuerholz and Cox keep pouring on Fredi Gonzalez. Schuerholz went so far as to say there is no evidence that FG has done “anything but a great job.” It wouldn’t be the first time they’ve blown smoke, but if they’re not at least suspicious of FG’s handling of this team, especially given another blown September, the front office has some serious blinders on.

  3. In this situation, you would typically have your new GM talk behind closed doors to the leaders on the team about their thoughts on the manager. In this case, however, you’re talking about a null set since there are no leaders among the players.

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