The Braves have promoted assistant general manager John Coppolella to the role of general manager, according to a report from Mark Bowman of MLB.com. Coppolella will continue to work under president of baseball operations John Hart, who was promoted last season to replace outgoing general manager Frank Wren.
Coppolella's role will not change much in his new position, as he has played a significant role in personnel decisions over the last year while working with Hart, who is a very experienced executive. The 37-year old Coppolella was a candidate to take over for Wren last season, but the Braves opted instead to team him with Hart at the top of the front office.
Coppolella previously worked from the Yankees from 2000 to 2006 before moving over to the Braves, where he was named Director of Professional Scouting in 2011. He is expected to be promoted to the top front office position once Hart retires within a couple of years.
Atlanta's front office structure will look a lot like many others throughout the game, as multiple teams have adopted the president/general manager model in recent years. The Red Sox, Blue Jays, White Sox, Phillies, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Giants and Dodgers have all moved to two-pronged partnerships at the tops of their front offiices.