Atlanta has now cleansed its entire organization of all things Wren.
First the Braves fired Frank Wren as general manager. Then they fired his brother, Jeff Wren, from his job as a scout and special assistant. And now they’ve traded his son, minor leaguer Kyle Wren, to the Brewers in exchange for minor leaguer Zach Quintana.
While not considered a top prospect, Kyle Wren is a 23-year-old center fielder who hit .290 with 46 steals in 132 games between high Single-A and Double-A this season. He has two career homers in 185 games, but the former eighth-round pick could have a future as a backup outfielder.
Kevin Frandsen and the Nationals have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract, avoiding arbitration for 2015.
MLB Trade Rumors projected Frandsen to make $1.2 million via arbitration, but instead Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the one-year deal is worth $1 million upfront and another $300,000 in potential incentives.
Frandsen will fill his usual utility man role at age 33 after hitting .259 with one homer and a .608 OPS in 105 games this season. His career OPS is .662.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins were discussing a 10-year, $300 million contract, but now Rosenthal says they’re talking about a 12-year, $320 million deal.
Either way it would be the largest contract in MLB history, a distinction that currently belongs to Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers at $292 million over 10 years.
Stanton is under team control via arbitration for 2015 and 2016, and could expect to earn at least $30 million for those two seasons. So it’s possible that the Marlins offered him a 10-year extension and including the arbitration seasons brought the total to around $320 million for 12 years.
Signing him for a dozen seasons would keep Stanton under team control through the age of 36. He finished runner-up for the NL MVP yesterday after hitting .288 with 37 homers and a .950 OPS in 142 games before a facial injury ended his season.
The latest career minor leaguer to sign a major-league contract because there was competition for his services is left-hander Elvis Araujo, who agreed to a deal that includes a spot on the Phillies’ 40-man roster.
Araujo is 23 years old and has spent his entire pro career in the Indians organization, never pitching above Double-A and logging a total of 21 innings above Single-A.
His numbers also aren’t particularly strong, including a 3.42 ERA and 50/28 K/BB ratio in 50 innings between high Single-A and Double-A this season. This was his first year as a full-time reliever, however, so perhaps the Phillies are convinced he has more upside out of the bullpen.
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has an interesting tidbit about Ian Desmond, writing that the Nationals shortstop turned down a seven-year, $107 million contract extension last offseason.
Desmond didn’t quite duplicate his 2012/2013 production this season, hitting .255 with a .743 OPS compared to .286 with an .812 OPS in those two years, but he did smack 24 homers, steal 24 bases, and drive in a career-high 91 runs.
It was a strong season for a strong all-around shortstop now one season away from hitting the open market as a free agent, but even if Desmond hits .275 or so with another 20-25 homers it’s far from guaranteed that a good but not great 29-year-old shortstop will have multiple $100 million offers.
It would be a very interesting test case, if nothing else.