One day after the Red Sox promoted Mike Hazen toÂ General Manager, the club has announced that former Atlanta Braves GM Frank Wren will become their Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations.
Wren had been a disciple of new baseball operations president Dave Dombrowski, dating back to their time with the Montreal Expos in the early 1990s, and helped provide the eventual world championship blueprint for the expansion Florida Marlins. Wren most recently served as the GMÂ of the Atlanta Braves from 2007 through 2014, succeeding John Schuerholz.
During his tenure in Atlanta, Wren oversaw the transition from the Bobby Cox era of Braves baseball to a period featuring homegrown talents such as Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran, Mike Minor, and Andrelton Simmons.
Though the Braves compiled two playoff appearances and three 90-win seasons during his time in the organization, he is also remembered for a number of financial missteps when acquiring homegrown talent. In his final six years in Atlanta, Wren obtained Dan Uggla, Derek Lowe, and Melvin Upton for the combined cost of $195.25 million, hamstringing Atlanta’s limited budget, drawing the ire of baseball experts, and leading to his eventual dismissal last winter in favor of former Cleveland Indians GM John Hart.
With the Boston Red Sox, Wren will have a similar collection of burgeoning homegrown talent, headlined by Henry Owens and Xander Bogaerts. Wren’s ability to construct an organizational blueprint through player development makes him a worthy hire in Boston despite a checkered finish to his tenure with Atlanta.
Working alongside his trusted mentor and colleague Dombrowski, Wren will have the support of team brass and will be able to repair any diminished credibility. Wren will report to Dombrowski and Hazen on all baseball matters and will likely serve as an advisor to the pair, as the Red Sox prepare to rebuild for the second time in the last five years.