Braves promote Coppolella to general manager

The Braves will promote John Coppolella from assistant general manager to general manager, with John Hart continuing to oversee the baseball operations department.

A news conference is expected later Thursday to announce the move, which was confirmed by a person close to the situation.

While the team has had no one with the general-manager title since Frank Wren was fired on Sept. 21, 2014, Coppollela and Hart have split those duties, with Coppollela doing much of the negotiating and procedural work involved in an extremely busy 12 months that saw the Braves make a multitude of trades as they sought to rebuild the farm system.

The promotion of Coppollela, 37, to the GM title shouldn’t have much of any effect on the chain of command or the way the Braves conduct player-personnel business and transactions.

Copppollela, a Notre Dame graduate, began his career as an intern in the Yankees front office. He served as Braves director of baseball operations from 2006-10 and was promoted to director of professional scouting in 2011, then promoted again to assistant GM after the 2012 season.