Wren on Tex

“The Teixeira [trade] hasn’t impacted us at all,” he said. “If you look at the players we gave up in the Teixeira deal, I’m not sure it’s had any effect on the major league club. We had [Yunel] Escobar ahead of [Elvis] Andrus at shortstop, we had [Brian] McCann ahead of [Jarrod] Saltalamacchia at catcher, the other guys wouldn’t have made our club. Neftali Feliz would be in our bullpen. That’s it.”

He doesn’t see a spot for Elvis Andrus (7 SB, .400 OBP), a future Gold Glover who’s only 21? That speaks volumes about FW.

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8 Comments on Wren on Tex

  1. charlesad // April 29, 2010 at 10:54 am //

    He’s not going to publicly criticize his boss.

  2. There were other ways to answer that question diplomatically.

  3. Viva Rufino Linares // April 29, 2010 at 11:16 am //

    Geez, let’s see. If the trade never happened, Andrus at short or second; Yesco at short or second, Prado playing third and first. Salty splitting time w/ McCann behind the plate and possibly at first. That sounds better to me. I don’t know

  4. Jack Straw // April 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm //

    Haha that’s like a husband explaining that he went to that young girl’s house to counsel her. “She’s gone through a rough time and I just wanted her to know I’m there for her.” There are only so many ways to defend the indefensible.

  5. While there is some validity in what he says- Andrus and Dalty were probably going to be traded anyway, they could have been exchanged for good young players of their valiber rather than a one year rental.

  6. PepeFreeUs // April 29, 2010 at 3:58 pm //

    I wanted to play Jarrod at first and use Elvis somewhere on the infleld. It wasn’t an uncommon point of view.

    At least he didn’t break out that pseudo-Sabermetric horsepuckey about how a trade can’t ever be judged by it’s future results.

  7. Tokyokie // April 29, 2010 at 4:26 pm //

    At the time of the trade, KJ had already revealed that he’s a hack in the infield but had some trade value. The Braves could have moved Yesco to 2B, put Elvis at SS and gotten something of value for KJ and still had Salty and Feliz. Maybe he thinks Wainwright wouldn’t have made this team, either.

  8. Tokyokie // April 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm //

    Sure guys like Salty and Harrison were expendable, even back when the trade was made. Think the Rangers wouldn’t have traded Nelson Cruz for that pair?

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