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Pendleton Could Be Cox's Successor

Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton will likely be a top candidate to replace Bobby Cox after the 2010 season.

Cox signed a one-year extension with Atlanta this week, also announcing that next season will be his last.

Via Boston Globe

Cox Will Retire After 2010 Season

Bobby Cox will retire as manager of the Atlanta Braves after the 2010 season.

Cox agreed to a one-year contract extension for 2010, the Braves announced before Wednesday night's game against the New York Mets.

He will start a five-year consulting agreement to advise the team in baseball operations after he steps down as manager.

"While I have decided that 2010 will be my last season in the dugout, I want to make it clear that we will all be working as hard as ever to win another world championship," Cox said in a statement.


Cox Blasts Report, Says He'll Be Back In 2010

Bobby Cox responded this morning to a Yahoo! Sports report of discord between him and Braves GM Frank Wren. Said Cox, speaking via iPhone from New York: ?Everything is fine. Frank has been outstanding ? I couldn?t believe it when I [learned of the report].?

Gordon Edes reported Tuesday that Cox had been so angry over the handling of John Smoltz?s departure and the failure to be included in personnel discussions he packed his bag and had to be talked out of leaving spring training by a Braves coach. Asked if that had indeed happened, Cox said, ?No.?

Reached last night, Wren described the Yahoo! report as ?inaccurate.? Asked if he wanted Cox to continue as manager, Wren said: ?Sure, absolutely.? And also: ?We?ll sit down and talk, and we?ll have an announcement at the appropriate time.?

Cox isn't under contract for the 2010 season, but said he will return.

?We?ll probably have an announcement when we get off this road trip.?

Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Braves Will Put Vazquez Or Kawakami On Trade Market

If the Braves re-sign Tim Hudson, which seems more likely by the day as Hudson continues to progress in his return from elbow-reconstruction surgery, the Braves will need to trade either Javier Vazquez or Kenshin Kawakami to free some salary and help bolster their lineup.

?Hopefully I?ll be here,? said Vazquez, recently named National League player of the week. ?I really want to be here. Hopefully they want me here, too.?

Via Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cox: No Decision On 2010 Yet

Bobby Cox hasn't committed to returning to the Braves next season.

Cox has spent 24 years as Atlanta's manager.

"I just don't know right now," he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm not thinking about it. I'm still trying to get us in the playoffs somehow."


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