Q and A with Braves GM Frank Wren on first half, trade needs, etc

With the Braves set to resume play after the All-Star break Friday night against Washington, Braves general manager Frank Wren shared his thoughts on topics ranging from the team’s first-half play to struggling second baseman Dan Uggla to the club’s needs at the trading deadline and more.

Q: What did you think of what the team accomplished in the first half?

A: If you’d asked us in spring training if we would be happy with 16 (games) over (.500) at the break, all of us would be happy with that. But I also think we also feel like we haven’t played our best baseball.

Q: So would improving from within make the biggest difference?

A: That’s probably the biggest dilemma we have. When we get our folks healthy and hopefully we get Martin (Prado) back (following a staph infection) on Friday, that’s one more piece that we had envisioned being a big part of the team. So it is the real dilemma as to what is the best addition we can make for our postseason run. We’re going to have to have a lot of talks internally about that.

Q: With Prado and when Chipper Jones comes back healthy from knee surgery in three weeks, you might need a role player, not an everyday player?

A: It could be a piece that matches you up better against, say, left-handed pitching, so a right-handed bat off the bench. There are lots of different ways we could go with this. A lot of it will depend on the next few weeks, how our everyday guys perform and when they get healthy.

Q: If Prado and Jones come back, it’s not like there’s a glaring everyday need?

A: No, we really don’t. We’d be hard-pressed to add an everyday bat when everybody gets healthy.

Q: Jones’ 2-3 week recovery puts you right up against the trading deadline. What bearing will that have?

A: I’m not worried about Chipper. I think he’s going to come out of this fine. I’m not worried about Martin Prado. Those two guys have established themselves. We know what we’re going to get when they come back. We just have to watch our team in general and just make the best decision for it.

Q: If Jordan Schafer and Nate McLouth do a little more, might that influence your decision?

A: Sure. And we need (Jason) Heyward and (Dan) Uggla to do what they’ve been doing recently, to continue to bounce back from their first halves. All those things are positive signs we were seeing in the last couple weeks. If those continue as they were, our team will be fine. We just need to fine-tune some things.

Q: Second base has been a weakness, but you can’t give up on Uggla, can you?

A: No. And we’ve seen too many positive signs the last two or three weeks that Dan is starting to become the player he’s always been. He’s had a real good series the last few series and he got a lot of big hits for us in Philadelphia the last weekend. Dan’s fine.

Q: It would seem regardless, you could use the right-handed bat.

A: That’s more balancing out your team. And with Prado, Chipper and Uggla swinging the bats, some of that is even alleviated because those are our three right-handed guys.

Q: It seems you could resolve a lot of weaknesses within?

A: A lot of it, we can. There’s no perfect team and we’re not a perfect team. The early indication of what may be out there is, in a lot of cases, not an upgrade over what we already have.

Q: Fifteen teams are within 6 1/2 games of a division lead, half of baseball. Does it seem like the market is limited right now?

A: Yes, I think it is somewhat limited. There are a few players that would make an impact. But you’ve got to weigh the cost and the true impact on your team. That’s what makes it interesting these last few weeks before this deadline and obviously, we’ve got the postseason roster deadline (at the end of August). When there are this many teams left in the races, a lot of times things get done later.

Q: Is relief help something you’re always looking for or could really use it right now?

A: You’re always trying to reinforce that group because those guys have got a tough job. You’ve always got to be cognizant of injuries. So you’re looking to add depth there. We feel like we’ve got a strong core now. But we also feel like we have some internal options that we could utilize. We’ll look and see what’s out there.

Q: With your pitching in majors and minors, are people calling you?

A: No, because I think they’re smart enough to know that we’re not going to be trading our young pitching unless there’s something extraordinary out there to us. We’re going to hold on and that’s been a key strategy for us over last few years, is to stockpile and hold on to our prospects the best we can. We’re going to continue to do that. Depending on who we go after, what we go after, you have to make value judgments at the time, both for the present and the future, as to how big the piece you’re acquiring is to your team and to the ability to play late in October.

Q: With Schafer adding speed to the top of the order, are you happy with what you’ve seen from him?

A: I think we’ve seen a lot of growth out of Jordan in the last year. We’re seeing him in a difficult job transform his game at the big league level. He has to become that guy that puts the ball on the ground and runs, and uses the opposite field as a key weapon, bringing the guys on the corner in and slap the ball by them. It’s all those little things that he’s really learning on the fly. We’ve seen really good progress from him and how he’s approached it. We hope he continues to grow with it because that’s going to be important as well.

Q: Fair to say he’s played some of the Braves’ best center field since Andruw Jones?

A: I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I think he’s a true center fielder. He has a great arm. He covers everything and he’s fearless out there. He’s going to run into the wall, he’s going to do what he has to do. And with him and Nate, Nate is doing the same thing in left field. Nate played a great center field for us early in the season, then had the (oblique) injury. We slid him over to left field. We’ve got that outfield really well covered because Jason also can go get them. You feel like you’ve got three center fielders that can play out there.

Q: Any concerns about your top relievers logging a lot of innings?

A: I know (manager) Fredi (Gonzalez) and (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) are very cognizant of it and they’re looking for ways, as they have the last week or so, to minimize the use of the key guys on a nightly basis. We’ve play so many tight games, so many extra-inning games, you can’t help it. There’s just no way around it. I do think there are a couple things you can do. One of them in the second half, try to get an extra inning out of your starters; that’s one less bullpen guy you’ve got to use. I think our bullpen as a group has done a real fine job. And you’re just going to have to use some guys later in the game that have now proven they can handle it.

Q: After 90 games with Gonzalez as your manager, has he been the fit that you had hoped?

A: I really can’t imagine it having gone any better than it has with Fredi. It was seamless in spring training and it has been throughout the season. The communication has been great. I think he’s put us in a good position on a nightly basis, as all good managers do. They don’t win a lot games for you but they can make some wrong decisions and help you lose games. I think Fredi has done a tremendous job.

Q: Another new guy is hitting coach Larry Parrish, who has drawn criticism for the team’s low overall batting average. Are you happy with the job he’s done?

A: Yes. I think we’ve seen lots of individual results that are directly related to Larry and his teaching and what’s he’s trying to accomplish with players. When you have change, it’s different for some guys. But I’ve been very happy with what Larry has done. And I think there are several players that there’s a direct correlation to the work he’s done with them.

Q: What are your feelings as team opens the second half?

A: If we come out of the first half playing like we finished since June 1, I think we’re going to be in great shape. We put ourselves in a great position. I think everybody settled in. Teams that are playing well, there’s a part of them that don’t want the All-Star break because they know their team is playing well. I put us in that category. Hopefully we come back and start off right where we left off.

141 comments Add your comment

carking

July 14th, 2011
2:31 pm

joseph

July 14th, 2011
2:39 pm

being 2nd is neat too. GO BRAVES!

Trojan

July 14th, 2011
2:43 pm

Not very informative but at least he did not talk about our CORE like Rick Sund would have.

Come on Frank, put us over the top. Let’s not be satisfied simply to get to the playoffs and get beat in the first round.

transplant brave

July 14th, 2011
2:44 pm

way to beat around the bush..

Teejayy

July 14th, 2011
2:46 pm

Michael Bourn or Hunter Pence. That’s all we really need.

Steve

July 14th, 2011
2:50 pm

What do you guys expect Wren to say in the interview? Something like, “Boy, we really could use a Hunter Pence or Michael Borne. I hope we can get one of those guys at the trade deadline.”?

Even if Wren thinks the Braves need to make a move (and I’m not sure he does), he’s not going to telegraph it in a public interview.

jason

July 14th, 2011
2:51 pm

To bad he couldn’t tell DOB the players he’s looking for out in the market.

jason

July 14th, 2011
2:52 pm

Sorry, Carrol. My bad. :D

Shawn

July 14th, 2011
3:00 pm

Wren thinks Jordan is good…we’re doomed.

Meniscus

July 14th, 2011
3:02 pm

I don’t think we really even need a right handed bat.

If we play through August and keep our pace (with Uggla and Heyward heating up and a fully healthy team), that gets us to September. In September, we can carry an extra catcher and pinch hit with Ross.

In the playoffs you only take your top 4 starters anyway, so drop the 5th starter and use it for that same back up catcher. Is that feasible?

shawn

July 14th, 2011
3:07 pm

Steve, you made a great point. Wren is not going to tell you what he needs. It is just like a poker game…

Beauvighn

July 14th, 2011
3:10 pm

Wren is not going to come out and comment on any specific trade or player(s) involved..The thing that bothers me is that he thinks Larry parrish is doing a good job as hitting coach..I assume he is just giving the canned response to the media and will adjust things after the season

Fish Bisch

July 14th, 2011
3:10 pm

Dear F Wren,
Please go get Arsedrool Cabrera. He is young and affordable and can be our SS for many years to come.
-Sincerly
Fish

archie

July 14th, 2011
3:11 pm

I have yet to read a newsworthy Wren interview. It might as well be a press release from the PR department.

ISH

July 14th, 2011
3:11 pm

I don’t think I learned anything from reading this blog. Or did I miss something?

JoeBravesFan

July 14th, 2011
3:12 pm

It’s awesome that the Braves have the best bullpen in the majors through the break, but I find it hard to believe with people like Proctor, Sherrill and Linebrink in the fold. Especially Proctor….when they released him I was happy. I have no idea why they resigned him. They should really look into bullpen help and a right handed bat.

Kyle

July 14th, 2011
3:13 pm

Extremely excited about what the 2nd half has to offer! Go Bravos… If Uggla and Heyward step up, we are in good shape. Big IF, but i believe

ATLfan15

July 14th, 2011
3:17 pm

@JoeBravesFan: i think Proctor was put on waivers, and accepted a AAA assignment when no other team picked him up.

looking forward to the second half…i’ll be at the game on Sunday.

GO BRAVES!!

Ralph

July 14th, 2011
3:18 pm

Just what I expected from Wren, how could we expect him to criticize himself.

PDOG

July 14th, 2011
3:20 pm

Meniscus
I agree either Lowe or Beachy will move to the bullpen which will really make the pen good but they need to find a replacement for Lugo. At the end of the season and in the playoffs braves need to be able to do a double switch late in games and get Gonzo out if they are a run or two down.

Fish Bisch

July 14th, 2011
3:21 pm

Wren is very cognizant of the issues concerning his team.

bulldogbyrd

July 14th, 2011
3:22 pm

All the pieces of the puzzle are already in place…just need them to produce offensively at the levels we all expected and if that happens throughout the 2nd half of the season our Braves will be making a lot of noise in the playoffs. Wren has done his job…now lets watch the players do theirs! Get well soon,Chipper!

Austin

July 14th, 2011
3:22 pm

Joe, you realize Sherrill a really really good Loogy right? His numbers are actually kind of ridiculous he has actually been kind of unlucky. As far as linebrink he has been lights out since the beginning of the 2nd month of the season, he has only allowed 3er in his last 23 innings. Please don’t put Proctor’s name in the same group as those guys

transplant brave

July 14th, 2011
3:23 pm

I don’t expect Frank to say hes true intentions other than in a broad sense, but she didnt ask the questions to get him there either. Which is cool, but it would be nice to know what/who he is actually thinking about for the trade deadline. Do it big Wren.

hmmmm.........

July 14th, 2011
3:24 pm

I’d like to see them rent jj hardy or beltran

Smiling Jack

July 14th, 2011
3:36 pm

None of you “wantabe” general managers, if given the same situation, would do no different than Frank Wren in an AJC interview-blog. You cannot afford to create dissentation by publicly criticizing your managerment, coaches, team members. You cannot reveal to the public those you want to “go after” in a trade. Some things are like sex, best left to behind closed doors! Get over it. Go Braves!

jeff

July 14th, 2011
3:44 pm

heres what you do. You Designate for assignment Right now as I speak Scott Proctor. Hello Frank Wren hes a waste of a roster spot for goodness sake. next you go out and get yourself a right handed bat and someone proven who can hit or Lead off. Thats Michael Bourne and Hunter Pence. It would be a waste and a huge mistake going after rental players like those 2 . J.J Hardy are u serious or carlos Beltran Come on people get real…

transplant brave

July 14th, 2011
3:45 pm

Earl

July 14th, 2011
3:46 pm

Amazing how the Wren bashers never give him a break. Steve was exactly right about his interview. A good GM never shows his hand on what player/players he might be targeting. That would be absolutely stupid and only drive up the cost of the acquisition. I expect him to try to get a right handed setup man and maybe a 20 HR type RH left fielder that can come of the bench. I don’t think he will target someone like Beltran because of the money and being injury prone. Willingham in the outfield or Adams as a setup guy is more probable to me.

The Braves are in excellent shape right now, considering that Uggla and Heyward have not had their normal stats. Expect those two to improve the second half and push Atlanta into the playoffs.

MikeY

July 14th, 2011
3:47 pm

FW: “We’d be hard-pressed to add an everyday bat when everybody gets healthy”

Frank, I think we could use a center fielder. And an upgrade at SS.

Trade Schafer and Delgado for Matt Kemp. And if the Orioles cannot sign JJ Hardy to an extension, go after him.

AK Braves Fan

July 14th, 2011
3:50 pm

I’m guessing that there will be a trade, and it will be for somebody nobody has mentioned on this blog.

jeff

July 14th, 2011
3:51 pm

whoever said scott proctor was DFA’d where did u get that from? its nowheres to be found. the bum is still with the team.

Steve

July 14th, 2011
3:51 pm

Designate Fumbling Frank for assignment.

Espi.....

July 14th, 2011
3:52 pm

we definately need to replace lugo, hes not going to cut it as we go deeper into the season and playoffs! But i think theres one right handed bat out there that we need, that hits lefties real well and would be a perfect fit…… Matt Diaz, go bring him back! can hit for average and power!

AK Braves Fan

July 14th, 2011
3:53 pm

“J.J. Hardy are u serious or carlos Beltran Come on people get real….” No more unrealistic than Michael Bourne or Hunter Pence.

Cory

July 14th, 2011
3:54 pm

Satisfied with Parrish? I guess love is blind…

TAC

July 14th, 2011
3:55 pm

All we really need is a true lead off hitter or at least a #2 hitter cause Gonzo is not a #2 hitter…Adding another arm in the bullpen seems like something Wren should look into also. Wouldn’t mind a Marlon Byrd and Kerry Wood type deal.

Jack in Macon

July 14th, 2011
3:57 pm

Wren would be stupid to play his hand in an interview. I’ll be surprised by a big trade. Probably only a right-handed utility guy if anything and hopefully a reliable relief guy to take Proctor’s roster spot. Bullpen is our biggest need; and the most realistic area where we match up with a trade partner.

We don’t match up with another club for a big trade. We’re not going to trade McCann, Chipper, Uggla, Freeman or Heyward. That leaves Schafer, McLouth and Gonzo. Are some of you serious when you think a major league GM would trade either Hunter Pence or Michael Bourn for one of those three. And, do you think the Braves would be stupid enough to trade three or four of our best pitching prospects (it would take that at least) for either of those players. Come on, really!!

I think Uggla will heat up (project: .260 BA, 28 HR and 75 to 80 RBI). I’m not optimistic about Heyward (project: 240 BA, 14 HR and 40 to 45 RBI). I think Heyward is proving to be more hype than substance.

Afan

July 14th, 2011
4:03 pm

sounds like wren isnt going to do anything. which means we will be watching another team in the world series again.

Horner's Corner

July 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

Here’s my crazy idea for late July, platoon Matt Young and Wilken Ramirez in LF until Chipper returns. Everyone wants so badly for Schafer to succeed in the lead-off role, but historically nothing indicates that he’ll be able to reach base consistently. Meanwhile, Matt Young has proven at every level that he can get on base, with a career minor league OBP of .389 including a .374 OBP at the AAA level. In early June, Young started 7 straight games for the Braves and went 8 for 25 (.320 avg) with a .370 OBP.
Young
Prado
McCann
Heyward
Uggla
Freeman
Gonzalez
McLouth

Horner's Corner

July 14th, 2011
4:08 pm

Against lefties, lead-off with Prado and start Wilken Ramirez in LF. He provides another right-handed bat to break up the Braves left-hand dominant batting order, he has good power, and he offers some speed.
Prado
Heyward
McCann
Uggla
Freeman
Ramirez
Gonzalez
McLouth

Espi.....

July 14th, 2011
4:12 pm

i actually agree with wren, with all the injuries and certain players struggles and still only 3 games back and the second best record on the NL! these guys are going to get healthy and Uggla, heyward and gonzo cant play any worse offensively, so they are going to put up better numbers in the second half! just look at theyre past numbers and see what they’re capable of doing! lets not panic! GO GET MATT DIAZ, thats what we need off the bench!

Mike McDonald

July 14th, 2011
4:12 pm

The Braves have one A+ position player — Mac. There is not another A player, other than Prado, (if in good shape/form) and a whole lot of C players. and hardly any B players. Obviously they have seven or eight B+ to A+ starters and relievers, which is extraordinary by any measure.

In my opinion, the 2011 Braves will need a miracle to make the second round of the playoffs. Uggla, Gonzalez, McLouth, Shafer, Hayward and ole Chippo do not seem to have the stuff of the miraculous. Lowe makes one tired just watching him labor.

Freeman, Hinske and Ross have been pleasant surprises. There is little to bank upon among the rest of the 40-man roster with the possible exception of a couple of pitching prospects.

When you put salaries next to players, one has to wonder how Wren and his bosses are allowed to keep on whistling past the graveyard.

Reid in EAV

July 14th, 2011
4:15 pm

Maybe I’m looking on the bright side too much, but earlier in the season we had three guys coming out of the ‘pen who made me groan and roll my eyes: Linebrink, Sherrill and Proctor. Now we’re down to just Proctor, as the other two have drastically improved and have even made me eat some of my words. That’s progress!

I still like Cory Gearrin’s stuff and makeup, even if he’s had a rough go lately. Standard rookie adjustment, and the yo-yos up and down to AAA can’t help too much. And it’ll be nice to get Cristian Martinez back when rosters expand. He had some trainwrecks, but in general he was a solid long man. Finally, Moylan! Have we all forgotten that he’s on the way back too? Give me a healthy Peter Moylan and we can let Scott Proctor gather cobwebs in the corner.

Dennis Reynolds

July 14th, 2011
4:16 pm

Only 3 needs:

1.CF- Michael Bourn
2.RH Utility bat- Hmmm MATTY D. or OMAR or BOTH
3.RH arm for pen

Dennis Reynolds

July 14th, 2011
4:16 pm

Never should’ve let Matty go.

Skeezix

July 14th, 2011
4:26 pm

We need someone to help in relief and take some of the load off of Venters and Kimbrel. And most obviously, we could use someone who can boost the offense. I hope Braves management gets aggressive here—as we have a real chance to do something great with this rotation.

Jack Lill

July 14th, 2011
4:29 pm

If Schafer is such a great lead off batter, how come he can’t get on base ?
McClouth should be in center. Wren shows again that he should have retired with Bobby.

jmor

July 14th, 2011
4:29 pm

What I hope Wren refrains from doing is trading a young underperforming player for an older underperforming player…Jeff Francoer for Ryan Church, Yunel Escobar for Alex G.etc.

TruthSeeker

July 14th, 2011
4:29 pm

This team is good enough to win the World Series as is, but to improve their chances they need to make a couple of tweaks.

We need another right-handed power arm in the bullpen. Michael Wuertz is a guy I’ve always liked, and he would come fairly cheap. Moylan will also help here if he has no setbacks. If all goes well, Proctor will be on his way out, and that might be the best news of all.

The Schafer question is an interesting one. He’s played better than his numbers look. But if Wren really wants to go for it this year, this is the position where he can upgrade. Michael Bourn is basically a slightly more seasoned Schafer – gets on base a little more, steals a few more bases. He could be the guy.

transplant brave

July 14th, 2011
4:30 pm

I like Schafer in center, excellent on d. Can’t hit, but thats what prayings for. Trade McLouth for a bag of magic beans…

JT Grace

July 14th, 2011
4:33 pm

I know that FW isn’t about to reveal what he really thinks in an interview. However, it does seem like he is interested in a bullpen upgrade. I am completely shocked that Proctor has not yet been released. What the heck is he waiting on? Anyone in Gwinnett could pitch batting practice just as well this fool. I thought for sure that he was gone as soon as blew up in two of the three Philly games.

It’s also quite obvious that the Braves need some offensive help. They cannot expect to continue winning games with Jordan and Gonzalez on the same roster. This is made worse when Nate is playing LF. That is 3 awful hitters in one lineup.

Braves GM

July 14th, 2011
4:34 pm

on Larry Parrish’s….”But I’ve been very happy with what Larry has done. And I think there are several players that there’s a direct correlation to the work he’s done with them.”

NAME ONE? Is this comment from FW for real? Heyward swings over the top of the ball almost every AB and Uggla…well we’ve already talked about that.

on another note: I’d like to keep Schafer but we still need an upgrade in CF if we are going to make a run this year. MICHAEL BOURN. MAKE IT HAPPEN FW!

square leg

July 14th, 2011
4:42 pm

Wren is right there isn’t anybody out there that is a significant upgrade over the guys we have offensively right now, well at least that we wouldn’t have to mortgage the future to get. Having said that I beleive there is a couple of upgrades we should consider for the bullpen.

square leg

July 14th, 2011
4:46 pm

Just throwing it out there but wouldn’t it be cool to have another Aussie like Balfour as our replacement for Proctor. He brings the heat ( 94-96) and has playoff experience. Too expensive but I think he has the makeup for the Braves

Dennis Reynolds

July 14th, 2011
4:50 pm

You cant win the World Series without pitching. Especially in a short series in the playoffs. No chance we trade JJ until offseason, but I do believe we should make a move for a dynamic run scorer by shedding some of our pitching prospects. Its nice to have that stockpile of great arms in the minors, but unless we implement an 8 man rotation, we need to deal and get more offense. Everybody has their opinions, but I think its fairly obvious that Schafer doesn’t get on base enough to be consistently effective. As far as a RH bench bat, it wouldn’t hurt to to add one, but we need someone who will start the scoring early so were not always depending on a great pitching performance every night.

phil

July 14th, 2011
4:55 pm

Nice try, Carroll….

You can’t help that your subject matter is more dull than a dirty butter knife and can’t answer a question honestly….

Uggly is “fine”?

That means I’m Lance Armstrong.

phil

July 14th, 2011
4:57 pm

Oh yeah…

FW said players were happy with LP….

Huh?

We can’t hit a basketball with a dump truck….

EH

July 14th, 2011
4:57 pm

“And with Prado, Chipper and Uggla swinging the bats, some of that is even alleviated because those are our three right-handed guys.”

Agreed with all the defenders of FW about GMs showing their hand publicly. But considering which way a certain SS bats, am I the only one who finds the above comment a little strange?

Carroll, was this interview verbal or written? If the former, it’d be easier to imagine the omission.

Thanks for giving us something to read on another off-day, in any case.

Iowa Braves

what a Joke

July 14th, 2011
5:01 pm

All the questions were (homer questions) baited so he could give simple answers. Question that implied answers before asking. example the Schafer question ..best since AJ…Total BS. What did you expect him to answer (throw his player under the bus).
You can do Better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

phil

July 14th, 2011
5:13 pm

What a joke – I doubt you could do better at much of anything….

Get back to work stuffing those envelopes and find someone else to abuse…..

MikeinLA

July 14th, 2011
5:17 pm

I like the idea of bringing back Infante. I think he would thrive again in a utility role with an organization that he feels comfortable with and it wouldn’t cost much. Chad Qualls should also be targeted.

what a Joke

July 14th, 2011
5:28 pm

what work do you do besides troll the blogs.

AJ in Augusta

July 14th, 2011
5:28 pm

TampaDAWG

July 14th, 2011
5:31 pm

Hunter Pence or Carlos Quentin. Prado could play 3rd until Chipper gets back and once Chipper is back give Heyward or Prado a chance to play CF with Quentin or Pence at the other corner. Just my take on it since Prado has played CF before.

bravos007

July 14th, 2011
5:32 pm

@DOB- so glad you posted this. thanks…..and the things i like most about the interview are:

1. Wren is not going to trade our young arms unless it is for a real super star
2. He is looking to add bull pen people. (i.e. no more Proctor)
3. The Braves do not appear to be in panic mode to make an unnecessary deal.

DCBrave

July 14th, 2011
5:36 pm

what a Joke,

Wren’s answers are almost prefixed, and they’re not gonna change because you ask a question differently. For example, regarless how you ask about Schafer, he’s gonna say good things about him, maybe not the best center fielder since AJ, but remember he’s the one that assembled the team and he’s not gonna say anything bad about it publically.

what a Joke

July 14th, 2011
5:38 pm

Dennis Reynolds

July 14th, 2011
5:39 pm

October:
1.Bourn
2.Prado
3.Chipper
4.Mac
5.Uggla (if he gets it going)
6.Freeman
7.Heyward
8.Gonzo (fingers crossed for Hardy)

Bill

July 14th, 2011
5:43 pm

DR, I’ll buy that line-up. Get it done.

Dennis Reynolds

July 14th, 2011
5:45 pm

Wish it was up to me.

BRING BACK MATTY D!!

July 14th, 2011
5:53 pm

JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBERS! WHAT WAS WREN THINKING?!

Perfect fit for what were looking for now. Funny isn’t it?
Maybe Wren doesn’t want to admit he made a mistake by choosing Joe Mather over Matty.

Doesn’t help the Pirates are actually in it this year though.

Who me?

July 14th, 2011
6:06 pm

Standard FW interview. The Larry Parrish comments though were a laugher…go figure the one real sore spot and he loves the guy. Doofus….

extremus

July 14th, 2011
6:08 pm

While Frank Wren’s responses aren’t the most forthcoming, I’m sure he’s most likely in talks regarding potential trades, certainly now if not on an everyday basis. As for the answer as to whether he’s satisfied with Larry Parrish’s performance, to be blunt I think he was giving the “company” answer to avoid causing a rift in the clubhouse or the organization. He surely can’t be THAT blind to how bad the Braves’ offense has been this year so far and how many obvious problems aren’t being addressed.

NORRIS

July 14th, 2011
6:09 pm

It does not sound at all like Wrenn wants to make any trades that will get us an everyday outfielder. He said we needed a role player. OUR OUTFIELD SUCKS!! no other way around it. Mclouth, Shaffer, and heyward. yep that is a jam up outfield. none of them are batting over 240

Heyward The Punisher!

July 14th, 2011
6:10 pm

Carroll,

Who pays you, the AJC or the Braves PR department?

You didn’t toss Wren softball questions, they were BEACHBALL questions! You even answered Wren’s questions for him!!

What a waste!

Heyward The Punisher 2

July 14th, 2011
6:15 pm

Carroll,

Weak journalism at best. Appearing to be in bed with the Braves PR department at the worst!

Those weren’t softball question to Wren… those were Beachball questions!

You even answered your own questions so Wren wouldn’t have to!

Pitiful.

Mike from the coast

July 14th, 2011
6:16 pm

I skipped quite a few post, but I do believe if Frank Wren mentioned any name, that is called tampering. You can’t talk about players on another team. And there is quite a fine, and penalties associated with it.

That said we are 16 games over .500. Since we are over half way through the year project 10 more games over .500 and that puts us at 94-68. That will easily win the wild card if not the division. Some of you don’t seem to like Schaeffer but he has been a breath of fresh air. Speed we haven’t seen all year. A couple of great games the last week. Don’t think we need a trade but if so, the logical one to trade would be McLouth and maybe a pitching prospect. For whom, I do not know. If we stay put as we are, again if Heyward hits like he can AND Uggla can get it turned around I like our chances.

David O'Brien

July 14th, 2011
6:18 pm

Dale Murphy is a grandpa with terrific musical taste:

http://murphtalks.blogspot.com/2011/05/murph-listens-to-what.html

(Thanks, Biff P, for linking this on other blog)

NORRIS

July 14th, 2011
6:19 pm

shaffer is a great athelete but cant hit. we need someone who can hit. I think the phillies showed us a few things about hitting. 14 to 1 last week. enough said.

Bill

July 14th, 2011
6:22 pm

Need a lead-off hitter that can get on base….its not JS.

Heyward The Punisher 2

July 14th, 2011
6:25 pm

I’ve been posting under different monikers for years on DOB’s blog. Although I don’t always agree with him, I have NEVER questioned his, Bradley’s, Schultz, or even Terrence Moore’s qualifications as journalists. I have NEVER questioned any journalist’s ability that works for the AJC.

Carroll…. the Wren thing was nothing short of a lazy, homer fluff piece. You seem to be doing this gig as a side job. You just file the stories you have to file and don’t waste too much time with the blog.

I don’t expect you to call Wren out on the Braves performance or demand answers as to his plans but good gosh!!! Dont answer your own questions for him!

E-6

July 14th, 2011
6:39 pm

What Ed Wade of the Astros would ask for Hunter Pence or to a lesser degree Michael Bourn would make the Texeria trade look like a good one.

DCBrave

July 14th, 2011
6:52 pm

Heyward The Punisher :

Get a life. It just doesn’t matter how you asked the questions. Carroll knows it, and we all know it. So, we know what Wren has to say. Move on.

Just Wanna Say

July 14th, 2011
6:54 pm

Y’all cant just assume that some of these players are available (i.e. Hardy, Kemp). Bourn seems to be and, to a lesser degree, Pence, but Wren just cant go after any player. Some are off limits like some of ours.

huddie ledbetter

July 14th, 2011
6:55 pm

Really don’t see our GM doing anything large but he has surprised before. I’d look for something like, maybe a McLouth for Aaron Rowand deal. Rowand hits lefties well enough and can still play center so a platoon with JS would make some sense. We’d be a little better and I think salaries are close (too lazy to check). Not a sexy trade but maybe doable. SF might do that deal.

[...] Wren talks to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the Braves‘ needs at the trade deadline.  Wren feels the return of Martin Prado and [...]

Just Wanna Say

July 14th, 2011
6:59 pm

Not sure if SF would trade Rowand to get Mclouth. Yeah, we can definitely be confident that Wren will makes a move(s). He always does.

huddie ledbetter

July 14th, 2011
7:05 pm

McLouth wouldn’t do a lot for SF but they’d definitely want/need to unload salary to take Nate. Not saying Rowand necessarily but someone like that and to a team that could use a slight upgrade.

BTW, thanks for the Murph link DOB.

alexcox

July 14th, 2011
7:06 pm

este wren nose sitiene dtra organisaciion por q no hablo d la nosotra el hombre trabajo como politico por q hasi hablan cosas q tapan la realidad

Brava

July 14th, 2011
7:15 pm

Heyward the Punisher,

Nobody cares how long you’ve been posting here or how many names you’ve used, your comment was just downright rude and unnecessary. Do you think Frank Wren would have said anything different to DOB, Bradley or any of the others you named? He’s not going to show his cards by divulging where he wants to upgrade or who he might have in mind. That would only make any deal more costly.

Seems to me you have a problem with Carroll. Could it be because she’s a woman? You wouldn’t be the first around here.

Craig

July 14th, 2011
7:20 pm

I agree we need……

Peter Moylan back healthy
One more right hand releiver ….Proctor and Linebrink throw too many BP pitches in the game…..I cried when Reynolds hit three homers the other week… it was so predictable

A right hand bat impact palyer for LF / bench….maybe a rental….

Lugo is just a back up ….if we could get something better then good…..I think he is actually to slow to throw the ball…gives away too many infield hits…
Certainly need more depth for the run up to the pay offs…..injuries will happen and we need some depth.

Caseyatthebat

July 14th, 2011
7:25 pm

Thanks for stopping in, O’Brien. Varooom, Varooom! Do Wop, Do Wop! When ya’ gonna start leaving us recipes, Shirley?

Heyward The Punisher 2

July 14th, 2011
7:42 pm

I don’t have a problem with women. I have a problem with a totally fluff piece that was a waste of time to even read. What’s your problem by the way? You have to defend Carroll”s honor or something? Or is it just that you aren’t too hard to please as along as someone is throwing you scraps? Or just more “homer” mentality?

Brava

July 14th, 2011
7:44 pm

Rumors are that Jeff Keppinger may be available from the Astros. He would make a lot of sense for the Braves as a RH bat coming off the bench and wouldn’t break the bank.

Braves biggest fun

July 14th, 2011
7:44 pm

At Braves countrry we are satisfied as long as we get to the play offs and loss the first series. Mission accomblished.

63 year Braves fan

July 14th, 2011
7:46 pm

Astros need young pitching. Minor, Delgado, & Shafer for Pence. I’m a big Pence fan. Then sign him
to a long term contract.

Brava

July 14th, 2011
7:46 pm

None of the above, Punisher. I have respect for other people and see no need to denigrate them for no reason.

BTW, what exactly is Heyward punishing? Just curious.

Jay Dubu

July 14th, 2011
7:52 pm

“And I think there are several players that there’s a direct correlation to the work he’s done with them.”

Please Mr. Wern, name them.

Mac’s brother and father help him.

Chipper’s father helps him.

Prado is hitting less than last year.

Heyward is hitting less than last year.

Gonzo is hitting less than last year.

Uggs has struggled with his average all year.

Freeman’s father told him he looked scard at the plate, and he adjusted, so that only leaves Nate.

Well, you said several, and Nate is only one!!

Jay Dubu

July 14th, 2011
7:53 pm

I don’t agree with you on your hitting coach, Mr. Wern, but I understand.

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