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You win Frank. This is year two of my Frank Wren induced break from being a Braves fan, and I guess I'm never getting my team back. Bummer.
What are your criticisms of him?
On substance, it is hard to disagree with the results, but it feels like they could have done so much more with just slightly better alignment of resources. The Derek Lowe contract was bad from day one. Kenshin Kawakami too. And its amazing how poor some of the outfields (McLouth, Ankiel, etc.) have been despite top half salary limits.
Why do you dislike Wren?
Did Wren find Medlen and Beachy? That makes up for a lot of crap.
There's obviously a gaping hole at third base, and for any number of reasons that's going to be a tough hole to fill.
Medlen was drafted under Schurholz, in 2006.
Wren has a difficult decision to make regarding McCann, who has an option year remaining, is coming off his worst year as a big leaguer and is looking increasingly injury ravaged.
How high do you go for Michael Bourn,
and if, as is likely, he leaves for other NL East pastures, who replaces him in center field?
And what do you do about the starting rotation?
A 10th rounder and an undrafted free agent, I doubt it.
Wren was on the staff though so it's possible, although unlikely, that Wren was responsible for him.
Wren probably wasn't the one sitting in some meeting, with a huge list of undrafted free agents, saying, "This kid right here, Beachy, that's the one I want signed."
The real question is Dan Uggla (and CF, obviously.)
I just meant, was he the top guy when they were signed? I think he gets credit for that whoever actually found them.
a hidden gem pitching in some backwater community college.
The Braves can use Francisco at third against right handers, and Prado against left handers. Then Prado plays left field against right handers, and some guy yet to be determined (re-sign Reed Johnson?) plays left field against left handers.
How about this deal: Dan Uggla and a little cash (maybe a lower level prospect as well) to Colorado for
Between the end of Chipper's contract and of Derek Lowe's ransom the Braves actually have money to spend.
Yeah, I was trying to not come off as rude.
Teheran was awful in AAA this year and I have to think his stock has fallen significantly. But I still think he has a shot at being in the rotation for a significant part of 2013.
They have no core player to identify the franchise with right now.
The club has reached the postseason in two of the past three years, and the Phillies are the only NL club with more wins since the start of the 2009 season.
It's hard to have a great team without a great player.
Who's the team's best player? Heyward? Medlen? Prado?
I suspect that the rotation at the end of 2013 will be Medlen, Minor, Hudson, Beachy, Maholm. Hanson looks for all the world to be Kerry-Wood-meat on a platter.
Psst ... keep this quiet OK ... but ... Alfonso Soriano is available.
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