It's hard to pin the 2017 Atlanta Braves season on manager Brian Snitker, but despite this team still being stuck in the midst of a rebuild, they were expected to be closer to .500 then the 90-loss mark, which would mark the third straight season they've finished towards the bottom of the National League.
Snitker has an option for the 2018 season, but Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic notes there are rumblings in the front office that president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella are moving towards making a change.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported last week that special assistant to the GM and former big league manager Bo Porter was the favorite for the job, but Rosenthal notes in his piece that third base coach Ron Washington might end up being the front-runner.
"If the Braves do make a managerial change that new voice might be third base coach Ron Washington, who was the skipper of the Texas Rangers for nearly eight seasons before resigning in September 2014 for personal reasons."
However, perhaps the most interesting part of Rosenthal's article was the fact some people in the Braves organization believes Coppolella wants a "yes" man as his manager, which wouldn't put Washington in that category.
It seems every week we hear about tension in the Braves front office, which is understandable considering the continued stretch of losing. But heading into 2018, Atlanta will have expectations to perform, and if it doesn't happen, no matter who's installed as manager, heads might start to roll.