Official site "We are absolutely thrilled to add Roger to our staff," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "He is one of the true up-and-coming teachers of the game." McDowell came to Atlanta to interview for the job earlier this week. While he was also reportedly a candidate for the same position in Seattle, he said that his true preference was to land this job with the Braves. Excluding two appearances, McDowell spent his entire Major League career as a reliever. He recorded a career-best 14 wins and 22 saves for the 1986 World Series champion Mets. He earned the win in Game 7 of that year's World Series against the Red Sox. "He has a great knowledge of pitching and the reviews and evaluations we had on him were tremendous," Cox said. "Roger was a great competitor as a player -- he started, he relieved and he even fought through arm problems, so he comes in a with great level of experience that our pitchers will learn from." I'm not sure what to think of this move yet. It was a surprise for sure.