Frank Wren Strikes Again

Todd CarltonContributor IDecember 10, 2009

ATLANTA - APRIL 10: Pitcher Rafael Soriano #39 of the Atlanta Braves throws in relief against the Washington Nationals April 10, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Frank Wren era has taken yet another embarrassing turn.  Are you really surprised?  I will give him a shred of credit in that things looked good on the surface.  But as a General Manager of a Major League Baseball team you should realize that things are rarely as good as they seem on the surface.

As Wren was deciding how to deal with Soriano it became evident that the Braves were not going to be able to get as much as they wanted for him on the trade market.  The natural decision is to send the case to arbitration, let them reject the offer and end up with a couple of high draft picks in return.

It didn't happen that way.

Soriano accepted the arbitration contract.  Was it a slap in the face of Braves management?  Maybe.  As a Braves fan, I have no problem if he did it as a stab at it or not, baseball is big business and when personal issues are evident things can get nasty!

The Braves were then stuck with a relief pitcher they didn't want and had also lost a draft pick. 

At this point it sounds like Wren took the first offer that came along.  Tampa Bay, seeing a chance to trade-up jumped at Soriano and offered little in return with Jesse Chavez. 

Chavez made 73 appearances for the Pirates last season posting a 4.01 ERA with 47 strikeouts, 22 walks, and allowed a .264 batting average....just what the Braves need,  yet another middle-of-the-road reliever.

In all reality the only upside to Chavez is that it looks like he has the ability to plug the whole that Boyer left behind in being able to go every single day.

So within the last month Wren has gone out of his way to acquire aging relievers Wagner and Saito, and a young no-namer in Chavez...all coming just as it seems the pathetic bullpens of 06' and 07' had turned the corner.

When will this nightmare known as Frank Wren end...this is getting too painful to watch.