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Atlanta Braves interim general manager John Hart can drop the interim off his title if he wants.
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.
The Braves fired GM Frank Wren on Monday and elevated Hart, 66, to the interim title. The architect of Cleveland's 1990s success and later GM with Texas, Hart joined Atlanta last year as a senior adviser.
Were Hart to accept the job, it's likely he would groom assistant GM John Coppolella, 35, whom the Braves retained. It's conceivable Coppolella could be elevated to the job now, too, though Atlanta could widen its search were Hart to turn it down. Hart had a similar situation in Texas, where he left the job in the hands of then-28-year-old Jon Daniels.
Kansas City GM Dayton Moore, who spent more than a decade in the Atlanta organization, is also a favorite among the Braves' consortium of Schuerholz, Hart and adviser Bobby Cox. Moore has not commented publicly on his interest in the job.