ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have promoted John Coppolella to general manager following three seasons as assistant GM.

The move was announced on Thursday by Braves president of baseball operations John Hart. The team said in a statement Coppolella has agreed to a four-year contract through the 2019 season, a term that will include the Braves' first three seasons at their new SunTrust Park.

The promotion was expected. Coppolella has worked with Hart since October 2014 in all duties normally handled by a general manager, including player evaluations and contract negotiations.

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The 37-year-old Coppolella is in his ninth season in the organization. He focused on the player development, amateur scouting and international scouting departments this year.