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Trading deadline watch


Posted: 7/11/2014 7:22 AM

Trading deadline watch 

When Wren traded for Michael Bourn he was financially strapped, but he still got his man. He gave up an extra prospect to the Astros so they would send cash along to cover Bourns remaining salary.

When Wren wants a player he gets that player. He calls it going to the mat. Will Wren go to the mat this year to get the Braves the pieces necessary to compete for the big prize.

Billy Beane went to the mat recently for his team. His team was in first place and Beane identified holes in the roster and went for it. He traded for a number one and a number two pitcher he felt was needed to go deep into the playoffs. He didn't wait for the future. His idea was the future is now and he went to the mat.

Wren says he has identified the Braves needs. Wren needs to go to the mat. Wren says he is not going to look for starting pitching. Said current starters are fine. He must not watch Mike Minors starts.

Here is a snippet from the Bourn trade:
"We did not go to the mat to get Pence," Wren said. "If we had gone to the mat for Pence, we would have gotten him."

As for Beltran, Wren said he wasn't interested in giving up top prospects for a player in the final year of his contract.

"We could have had Beltran if we'd have given them the player they wanted," Wren said. "We're not going to do that for a rental."

Wren gave up Schafer plus 3 pitching prospects for Bourn, but none were considered top pitching prospects. One of the pitching prospects was thrown in as a creative way to get the Astros to send cash to cover Bourns remaining salary.

Wren may need to get creative again after going over budget with Santana.

The Braves could use a lockdown lefty in the bullpen to help shorten games. Carpenter and Avilan are not getting it done this year. Shae Simmons has been more than advertised. He has been outstanding. What the team needs is a lefty setup/closer. The bench needs some pop

Wren recently said the moves to fill the team needs may not happen until August. The team is not playing particularly well and any playoff hopes diminish with each loss. The Braves need to win the division. A wild card berth is probably not attainable this year from the East. So everyday that passes and with each loss it lessens the Braves playoff hopes while Wren is sitting by calmly as he watches Rome burn. I know he is working hard, but he is only working hard because he is still trying to hoard prospects rather than turn them into wins. Wren needs to Quit fiddling around and make the moves NOW.

Wren needs to go to the mat for 2014.

Wren needs to tighten the tourniquet now and stopped as many losses as he can or it will be wait until next year very soon, again.
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Last edited 7/11/2014 7:43 AM by WilliamJames

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Posted: 7/11/2014 8:07 AM

Re: Trading deadline watch 

Couple questions:  No disrespect but what are Bowmans journalistic credentials if anyone knows?  Does he have the inside knowledge to comment on budgetary issues.

Second, does anyone know how the Braves insure their player's injuries.  Seems to me with the injuries this year that insurance would cover a bunch of roster needs.
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Posted: 7/11/2014 11:26 AM

Re: Trading deadline watch 

Wren said the only day on the radio that the salary is an issue.

They get some insured but they are not all insured and its not like the braves have 20 million sitting on the DL. Medlen is really the only one who makes real money.
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Posted: 7/11/2014 11:30 AM

Re: Trading deadline watch 

Bowman is a beat writer for A beat writers job is to pass along facts and quotes from legitimate and verified sources. He is not a columnist that writes opinion as part of their job. is a very established part of the baseball community and can probably cherry pick their employees with great scrutiny.
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