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Franklin E. Wren (born March 17, 1958 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is an American front office executive in Major League Baseball.[1] He began his baseball career as a player for the Montreal Expos, and later joined the team as an executive. Wren moved to the Florida Marlins in 1991, then was hired by the Baltimore Orioles in 1998 for his first stint as a general manager. After the season, Wren was hired by the Atlanta Braves. The Braves promoted Wren to general manager in 2007, a role he kept until 2014. He joined the Boston Red Sox in September 2015.

Frank Wren
Frank Wren Jan 2013.jpg
Frank Wren in January 2013
Born (1958-03-17) March 17, 1958 (age 61)
EducationSt. Petersburg Junior College
Occupationbaseball executive
Spouse(s)Terri
ChildrenJordan, Colby, Kyle

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CareerEdit

Montreal ExposEdit

Wren graduated from Northeast High School in St. Petersburg.[2] He then attended St. Petersburg Junior College and signed with the Montreal Expos as an outfielder in 1977. In five minor league seasons, Wren batted .259 and peaked with a 38-game stint with the Double-A Memphis Chicks in 1980. He accepted a job coaching in the Expos organization in 1981 while recovering from surgery to remove a brain tumor. After trying to resume his playing career in the spring of 1982, Wren became a full-time coach that June with the Jamestown Expos.[3] He joined the front office as General Manager of Jamestown in October 1984 and was promoted to Assistant Director of Scouting in September 1985. He was named Director of Latin American Scouting in 1989.[4]

Florida MarlinsEdit

In September 1991, Wren's boss, Expos GM Dave Dombrowski, accepted the position of GM of the Florida Marlins, a National League expansion franchise set to begin play in 1993, at which Wren followed Dombrowski to the Marlins as the club's assistant GM.[5] By 1996, he was promoted to vice president.[6] In 1997, the veteran-laden Marlins won the franchise's first World Series. In 1998, owner Wayne Huizenga would order his front office to divest the team of its high-priced veterans,[7][8] and the Marlins spiraled into the basement of the National League East Division.

Baltimore OriolesEdit

When Pat Gillick resigned as GM of the Orioles at the close of the 1998 season, Wren was named his replacement,[9] however the 1999 Orioles were a major disappointment.[10] The club finished six games under .500 despite one of the highest payrolls in the game and the signing of free agent slugger Albert Belle to the most lucrative contract in team history at the time.[11] During the season, Wren and the team were criticized publicly by Baltimore owner Peter Angelos,[12][13] and after just one season, he replaced Wren with veteran executive Syd Thrift.[14]

Atlanta BravesEdit

Wren then joined the Braves as top assistant GM to longtime Atlanta GM John Schuerholz, a position that he held for eight seasons.[15] On October 11, 2007, Schuerholz was named president of the Braves and Wren was promoted to executive vice president and GM, signing a four-year contract.[16]

Wren was known for developing a strong farm system.[17]

Wren was released by the Braves on September 22, 2014, a day after the Braves were eliminated from playoff contention.[18] In his tenure as general manager, Wren made some effective trades to acquire a resurgent Javier Vázquez in 2009, Michael Bourn in 2011, and Justin Upton in 2013.[19] But some free agent signings did not go as well. Derek Lowe was signed to a 4-year, $60 million deal in 2009, but struggled in 2011, before being traded to the Cleveland Indians.[20] Kenshin Kawakami was signed from the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball in 2009. He spent two years with the Braves and posted an 8-22 record with a 4.32 ERA.[21] Wren traded for Dan Uggla in the 2010 offseason and signed him to a 5-year, $62 million contract. Uggla did well for two years, then slumped before being released in 2014.[19] Melvin Upton joined the Braves on a 5-year, $75.25 million contract in 2013, but struggled through his two-year stint with the team[22][23] before being traded to the San Diego Padres in April 2015.[24] The money committed to Upton was Wren's most expensive deal.[25]

Boston Red SoxEdit

The Boston Red Sox named Wren the team's senior vice president of baseball operations on September 25, 2015. He succeeded Mike Hazen, who had been promoted to general manager.[26]

PersonalEdit

He and his wife Terri have three sons.[27] Jordan was drafted in the tenth round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft out of Georgia Southern University.[28] Colby is a former Georgia Tech infielder.[29] His twin brother, former Georgia Tech outfielder Kyle Wren, was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 30th round of the 2012 MLB draft. In 2013, Kyle was selected by the Atlanta Braves in the eighth round.[30]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Baseball America Executive Database". Baseball America. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  2. ^ Miller, Glenn (June 21, 1979). "Frank Wren: Benched by Spinal Meningitis". The Evening Independent. Google News. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  3. ^ Strauss, Joe (October 31, 1998). "Rolling with punches Frank Wren". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  4. ^ "Braves Sign General Manager Frank Wren to Two-Year Contract Extension". MLB.com. February 21, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Edes, Gordon (September 29, 1991). "Third Expo Set To Join Marlins". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Brousseau, Dave (December 24, 1996). "Deal Closed: Marlins Sign Nen For Four Years". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  7. ^ Reid, Jason (March 29, 2002). "Still Hooked". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  8. ^ Cox, Ronald W.; Skidmore-Hess, Daniel (2005). Free Agency and Competitive Balance in Baseball. McFarland. p. 74. ISBN 9780786422203.
  9. ^ "Orioles name Wren GM". The Free Lance Star. Google News. Associated Press. October 24, 1998. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  10. ^ Strauss, Joe (October 13, 1999). "Belle says O's quit". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  11. ^ Sheinin, Dave (August 31, 1999). "Belle's 1st O's Season Strictly for the Birds". Washington Post. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  12. ^ Chass, Murray (January 8, 2006). "What's the Deal? Angelos Is Orioles' Dr. No". New York Times. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  13. ^ O'Brien, David (June 7, 1999). "Ex-marlins Also Struggling". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  14. ^ "Thrift replaces Wren in O's front office". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 22, 1999. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  15. ^ Strauss, Joe; Kubatko, Roch (October 14, 1999). "Wren hired as Braves assistant". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  16. ^ "Longtime assistant Wren replaces Schuerholz as Braves' GM". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  17. ^ Justice, Richard (September 22, 2014). "Braves decide they need a new tone". MLB.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  18. ^ O'Brien, David (September 22, 2014). "Braves fire GM Frank Wren". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  19. ^ a b Crasnick, Jerry (September 22, 2014). "Free-agent missteps led to demise of Wren". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  20. ^ "Braves trade Derek Lowe to Indians". ESPN.com. October 31, 2011. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  21. ^ "Braves Send Kenshin Kawakami Down To Double-A". The Chattanoogan. November 15, 2010. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  22. ^ Bowman, Mark (September 22, 2014). "Wren dismissed by Braves; Hart named interim GM". MLB.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  23. ^ Crasnick, Jerry (July 9, 2013). "This isn't how it was supposed to be". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  24. ^ "Padres Get Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton". New York Times. Associated Press. April 6, 2015. Retrieved April 13, 2015.
  25. ^ "B.J. Upton could be demoted". ESPN.com. Associated Press. June 1, 2013. Retrieved September 26, 2014.
  26. ^ "Red Sox hire former Braves GM Frank Wren". ESPN.com. Associated Press. September 25, 2015. Retrieved September 26, 2015.
  27. ^ Edes, Gordon (October 4, 1994). "Marlins' Wren Becomes Hot Property For Gm Spot". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  28. ^ Smith, Christopher (June 14, 2017). "MLB draft 2017 results: Boston Red Sox draft Jordan Wren, son of VP of player personnel Frank Wren". Booth Newspapers. Retrieved January 31, 2018.
  29. ^ "Yellow Jackets' Wren Battles Medical Condition". College Baseball Insider. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  30. ^ "GM Wren's son is Braves' eighth-round pick". MLB.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Pat Gillick
Baltimore Orioles General Manager
19981999
Succeeded by
Syd Thrift
Preceded by
John Schuerholz
Atlanta Braves General Manager
20072014
Succeeded by
John Hart