So who makes out the line-up card Friday? There’s a good chance it won’t be Fredi.
According to Joel Sherman, Fredi gave management an ultimatum before today’s game.
Gonzalez said he had just gotten off the phone with general manager John Coppolella and said he told his boss: “There are only three outcomes: 1) Fire me. 2) Give me a vote of confidence through the rest of the season. 3) Pick up my 2017 option. … I am good with any of this.”
It doesn’t sound like numbers 2 or 3 are going to happen.
“It is hard for me [to talk about Gonzalez’s status] because I care about him greatly,” Coppolella said. “But we have to find ways to get better.”
Sherman mentions the usual suspects, and a wild card, one first reported a few months ago by Mark Bowman.
One outside-the-box candidate is former Braves utility man and current MLB Network analyst Mark DeRosa, who was drafted by Atlanta and played his first seven seasons with the club. He is said to be well-regarded by many key Atlanta executives.