By GEORGE HENRY
ATLANTA (AP) – President of baseball operations John Hart is staying on the rebuilding course he set for the Atlanta Braves last winter.
“We didn’t say during the offseason that we had put together a team that was going to run for the roses,” Hart told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We wanted to be competitive. We wanted to play the game the right way, but we also weren’t going to forsake young talent for a quick fix.”
After sweeping the New York Mets and pulling within two games of the NL East lead on June 21, Atlanta has dropped a season-high seven games behind the division-leading Washington Nationals.
When the Braves return from the All-Star break to host the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Hart will use the next two weeks to determine whether this club should buy or sell at the trade deadline.