Frank Wren Rumors

Braves Won’t Be Dealing With Kinzer, Tellem

8:17pm: Tim Brown reacts to Tellem’s statement and breaks down the drama. Brown heard from one American League GM who would be “furious” if something similar happened to him.

7:51pm: Tony Jackson received a statement, apparently from agent Arn Tellem, about the events of the past couple days. It suggests there was “never an agreement reached” between Furcal and the Braves. The statement says Furcal’s agents “will continue to present opportunities to the Braves” when it’s in a client’s best interest. It concludes by asking that the event not color the Braves’ “better judgment” once “emotions have subsided.”

4:17pm: Braves president John Schuerholz comments on the situation.

3:02pm: SI.com’s Jon Heyman talked to Wren, who said he’s notified the Wasserman Media Group the Braves will no longer be doing business with them.  It’s a bold move, as the agency has a robust client list.

9:27am: Based on Frank Wren’s comments, the Braves won’t be dealing with agents Paul Kinzer and Arn Tellem anytime soon due to the recent Rafael Furcal dramaDylan Hernandez transcribes:

When WIFN talk show host Bill Shanks prefaced a question by saying that he knew Wren couldn’t burn bridges with Kinzer and Tellem, Wren interjected, "That bridge is gone. I don’t have to worry about burning it. The bridge is gone."

Most remaining clients represented by these agents don’t fit for the Braves this offseason anyway.  But Tellem does represent Randy WolfESPN’s Jerry Crasnick has a source saying it’d be "next to impossible" for the Braves to pursue Wolf now.  You can find the full client list for Tellem’s Wasserman Media Group here (click Management, then Baseball).  Current Brave Peter Moylan is also represented by the firm.


Rosenthal’s Latest: Hudson, Ordonez, Fielder, Howard

Let’s swing through Ken Rosenthal’s latest column.

  • Rosenthal names the Mets, Yankees, Rangers, White Sox, Indians, Rockies, and Cardinals as speculative fits for free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson.  Obviously several of those scenarios would involve shuffling players to other positions or trades.  The Yankees’ infield defense could certainly use the boost.
  • Rosenthal considers Frank Wren’s midseason trip to Japan a sign that he might be active in that market.
  • The Tigers may shop Magglio Ordonez for pitching this winter.  Maggs will need fewer than 500 plate appearances next year to cause his 2010 and 2011 options to vest.  So he’s essentially owed $48MM over three years.
  • Don’t forget two other sluggers who may be available this winter: Prince Fielder and Ryan Howard.  It works well for the Brewers and Phillies, as the free agent market is weak at first base.

Frank Wren Chat At MLB.com

Braves GM Frank Wren chatted with fans today at MLB.com.  A hot stove summary is below.

  • Wren is working on various short-term options for center field, as he does not want to block his two center field prospects.
  • Rumors that the Braves would sign Mike Lowell or trade for Ken Griffey Jr., which were silly from Day 1, were shot down.
  • Octavio Dotel wants a multiyear deal, and Wren doesn’t seem to expect him back.  The Braves do have interest in re-signing Ron Mahay though.
  • Wren says that he won’t go after any more starters if the Braves sign Tom Glavine.
  • There haven’t been any talks with Mark Teixeira regarding a contract extension yet.



Schuerholz To Step Down

Wow, they just keep on coming.  According to Ken Rosenthal, Braves GM John Schuerholz will step down (to be announced at a press conference this afternoon).  Schuerholz will serve as team president, so at least he can be consulted on moves.  Assistant GM Frank Wren will take his place.  Wren spent about a year as Orioles’ GM in ’99.

Sometimes I can be overly critical of GMs…but Schuerholz is awesome.  This is a huge loss for the Braves. On the bright side, I’m sure Wren has learned a lot working under him. 

Here’s a solid look at Wren’s brief time as Orioles GM.  Not sure who the author is.  Even with the concession that Peter Angelos did much meddling, Wren seemingly did a lousy job.  Wren did not part on good terms with the O’s – he was fired and criticized in a public statement.