Snitker encouraged by discussions about future

Braves sign 18-year-old Korean shortstop Bae

September 23rd, 2017
Brian Snitker was named the Braves' interim manager on May 17, 2016, and was named manager at the end of last season. (AP)

ATLANTA -- Given a chance to discuss his future as Braves manager, Brian Snitker felt encouraged after a Saturday afternoon meeting with the Braves' front-office executives.

"It was good meeting and we had a chance to talk about the year going forward," Snitker said. "It was a lot of positive things."

The Braves hold a team option on Snitker's contract for next season. This year, Atlanta bested its 2016 win total while welcoming an influx of young talent to the Majors.

Braves general manager John Coppolella said no decision has been made on Snitker's future yet. He said the club understands the magnitude of the decision, and they will continue to evaluate things over the next few weeks.

"[President of baseball operations] John Hart and I are going to talk soon, as we certainly know what is at stake at the end of the season," Coppolella said. "We certainly understand that timing, and we are aware of the job Brian has done and what he has meant to the Braves, not only in 2017, but the 41 years he had here."

Braves sign Korean shortstop Bae

The Braves have added another impressive prospect on Saturday, as the team officially announced the signing of Korean shortstop Jihwan Bae.

Bae, 18, has impressive range at shortstop and is a plus runner with a smooth left-handed swing. Coppolella said Bae was a longtime target of the Braves.

"We are thrilled to have the signing, and it is the first time that we have gone into Asia in a long time," Coppolella said. "We haven't signed a player his age from Asia in close to 20 years. So, it is a big signing for us and Chad [MacDonald, a special assistant to the general manager] did a great job, and we are thrilled to have this player with the Braves."

Bae is scheduled to report to the Braves instructional league team in Orlando on Monday. He will work out there while the team decides where he will start the 2018 season.