Frank Wren has been relieved of his duties as the Atlanta Braves' general manager, the team announced today. After a disappointing campaign in which the Braves cratered and failed to reach the playoffs, changes were imminent in Atlanta. Wren is the first one to take a fall, one day after a demoralizing, playoff-dashing sweep at the hand of division rival New York Mets.
Wren, 56, has been the Braves' GM since 2007. He has led the team to a division title in 2013, as well as two Wild Card berths in 2010 and 2012. Throughout his tenure, Wren has managed to build and maintain a strong farm system in Atlanta. The current Braves' core of Jason Heyward, Andrelton Simmons, Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel have all been drafted and/or developed under Wren's reign. His free agent signings, on the other hand, left a lot to be desired. Long-term contracts to Derek Lowe, Dan Uggla, and B.J. Upton have severely hamstrung the Braves' payroll flexibility.
The Braves will look to find a new GM in the offseason. In the meantime, John Hart has been named the interim GM. Hart previously served as the team's senior adviser of baseball operations.