The Gwinnett Braves will have a new hitting coach as well as a new manager in 2014.
Jaime Dismuke, with the G-Braves since their first season in 2009, will move down to Class AA and be replaced by Garey Ingram, who will move up from Mississippi.
Former Atlanta third base coach Brian Snitker will manage Gwinnett next season. Randy Ready was let go after just one season with the G-Braves as a replacement for Dave Brundage, now with LehighValley in the Philadelphia organization.
Marty Reed returns for his fourth season as Gwinnett pitching coach.
In addition to replacing Ready with Snitker, Atlanta switched managers between Class A Rome and rookie-level Danville. Jonathan Schuerholz, the son of Atlanta team president John Schuerholz, will move up to Rome and Randy Ingle will take over at Danville.
Braves sign Gamel
The Braves were ultra quiet during the winter meetings, but they have signed a possible bench piece to a minor league contract.
Matt Gamel, who can play first or third base, will get a long in major league spring training as he tries to come back from twice tearing the ACL in his right knee.
Gamel, 28, was Milwaukee’s starting first baseman in 2012 before injuring his knee the first time on May 1. He tore the ligament again last spring and missed the entire 2013 season.
The left-handed hitter has been highly productive in the minors, but he compiled just a .229 average over part of five seasons with Milwaukee.
Two lost in
Rule 5 draft
The Braves lost two players in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, both pitchers.
Mike Lee, who made one start for Gwinnett in 2013, was claimed by Arizona off the Mississippi roster and reliever Blaine Sims was grabbed by Houston off the Class A Lynchburg roster.
Lee was 9-8 with a 3.71 ERA in 25 games for Mississippi and allowed three runs over five innings in a no-decision for the G-Braves.
Walden gets raise
Right-handed reliever Jordan Walden and the Braves avoided arbitration, the sides agreeing to a $1.49 million salary for 2014.
Walden, who made $541,000 in 2013, had shoulder and groin issues last season, but was dominant when healthy. He appeared in 50 games out of the bullpen, going 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 47 innings.