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Braves offseason 2012: Atlanta shuffles scouting department

Atlanta hopes to bolster scouting operation with two new hires.

Mike Zarrilli

The Atlanta Braves have hired two longtime scouts to serve as special assistants to general manager Frank Wren, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Braves have brought in Dave Holliday and Brad Sloan to help find new talent for the organization. Holliday has spent the past 19 seasons with the Colorado Rockies in a similar capacity, while Sloan worked for the past 15 years as a scout for the Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres. Both Holliday and Sloan are expected to improve the Braves' scouting operation.

Holliday will focus on the American League, Sloan will focus on the entire league and Jeff Wren, who was already on staff, will cover the National League.

"When we reconfigured, we wanted to have a couple of guys focus on leagues, so Holliday will focus on the AL and Jeff on the NL," Frank Wren said. "We feel like we really strengthened what was already a good scouting staff."

The Braves also promoted former special assistant Dom Chiti to pitching development and special-assignment scouting.

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