Frank Wren Rumors

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

Braves GM Frank Wren chatted with fans today at  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.