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If only #Braves had a managerial opening …

October 24, 2014 // 4 Comments

Two weeks after the Braves re-commit to Fredi Haas, the manager considered by many to be the best in baseball suddenly becomes available. Even if Fredi had been let go, you have to wonder if the Braves would’ve gone after Joe Maddon. He’s not a graduate of Braves U., after all. Maddon [...]

Dayton Moore is Frank Wren lite

September 21, 2014 // 2 Comments

Frank Wren is going to lose his job because of a lousy personality, although he should be losing it for his crappy investments. Somehow, Dayton Moore has kept his job despite signing Gil Meche and Jose Guillen to contracts totaling 8 years and $91 million. He also signed Jeff Francoeur to a 2-year, [...]

Frank Wren all but out as #Braves GM

September 21, 2014 // 5 Comments

Via Mark Bowman: Now that the Braves have been essentially eliminated from the playoffs, they might not wait until the conclusion of this season to make what would be their most significant organizational change in nearly a quarter of a century. As the Braves have collapsed over the past few weeks, [...]

All eyes on Terry McGuirk

September 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Braves’ CEO, a corporate lackey right out of central casting, is about to make the biggest decision of his tenure. No question he should fire Frank Wren, the architect of this anemic offense who has drafted poorly, hired unwisely and spent foolishly. I know most would rather see Fredi go, [...]

Why Frank Wren must go

August 3, 2014 // 12 Comments

*One run in three games merits a repost.  There was a lot of blowback when CD gave FW a C- for his tenure as the Braves GM. If you’re one of those who think Wren hung the moon, I’d advise you to stop reading now. It’s obvious this team needs a major fix, thanks to the awful [...]

The case against Frank Wren, cont’d

July 15, 2014 // 2 Comments

Mike Trout was drafted with the compensation pick received when the Angels didn’t resign Mark Teixeira. That pick would’ve belonged to the Braves had they not dealt Tex to the O.C. for Casey Kotchman and Stephen Marek. A lot of teams passed on Trout, and there’s no guarantee the [...]

How much Hart in these extensions?

February 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

It’s been little noted in the coverage of the Braves’ flurry of contract extensions, but it would be fascinating to know just how much of a role John Hart played. I had forgotten until the past couple days that the Braves in November hired the former Rangers and Indians GM as a special [...]

FW enters his walk year

December 5, 2013 // 10 Comments

Fredi is not the only member of the Braves’ hierarchy working on the final year of his contract. FW’s contract also expires after this season, though I suspect he’s a safe bet to be extended — unlike many among the team’s young core. But should he be? It’s [...]

Why weren’t the Braves in on Fister?

December 3, 2013 // 9 Comments

Doug Fister, two years removed from free agency,  is a workhorse who eats innings without eating up much payroll. The 30-year-old right-hander — career 3.53 ERA and 1.213 WHIP — has topped 200 innings in 2 of the past 3 years and is projected to make $6.9 million in 2014. [...]

Top 9 moves the Braves didn’t make

November 25, 2013 // 2 Comments

In no particular order: Signing Brady Anderson. It was the year after the Kenny Lofton trade, and when it became clear the Braves weren’t going to re-sign one of JS’ biggest mistakes the GM started wooing Anderson. The Baltimore CF, 33 at the time, was one year removed from his absurd 50-homer [...]

Cease with the spin

December 6, 2012 // 4 Comments

Even if the season were to begin Friday, manager Fredi Gonzalez insists the Braves would be OK despite making no deal for a new left fielder during the Winter Meetings. … “We didn’t come here with a sense of urgency,” Wren said after 3-1/2 days at the Winter Meetings. “You always like [...]

Who are these internal options we’re hearing about?

December 4, 2012 // 15 Comments

Braves general manager Frank Wren has been evaluating his internal options in the event that he does not land another outfielder before the start of next season.  But as we progress through this first week of December, this still has to be viewed as Plan B. More like Plan Surely You Must Be [...]

Braves always round down when it comes to payroll

December 2, 2012 // 3 Comments

We assumed the trade of Tommy Hanson meant the Braves had around $14 million to spend for LF and the bench. Not surprisingly, that number shrunk over the weekend. According to DOB, “indications are that have a total of about $10 million or slightly more to spend on those positions.” Oh, [...]

Did FW spend more than he had to for Upton?

November 29, 2012 // 5 Comments

The Phillies were the first to express interest in B.J. Upton.But their best offer was five years for $55 million.#Braves — Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) November 29, 2012 Now we know why Upton signed so fast. Assuming the Phils were, as reported, Upton’s other major suitor, how did the [...]

The albatross

August 25, 2012 // 3 Comments

A schizophrenic team breeds a schizophrenic fan base, so 86 last week’s post praising Frank Wren’s adept dealmaking. While he’s made some outstanding trades as GM, his checkbook privileges should be revoked. For example, the trade for Dan Uggla was a good move, or at least [...]
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