Frank Wren is the “leading candidate” to become the new general manager of the Red Sox after Mike Hazen left to join the Diamondbacks’ front office, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports.
Wren, 58, was GM of the Braves from 2007-14 before joining the Red Sox as the senior VP of baseball operations last year.
Wren’s stint with the Braves was somewhat controversial as he missed on some big acquisitions, including Melvin Upton, Jr. and Derek Lowe. He did hit on a few, though, including Justin Upton and Javier Vasquez. The Braves ended up making the playoffs three times in Wren’s tenure, losing twice in the NLDS and losing the National League Wild Card game in 2012.
On Sunday afternoon, the Diamondbacks named Mike Hazen the club’s new vice president and general manager. Hazen came from the Red Sox, where he had been GM after Ben Cherington under Dave Dombrowski.
There could be a ripple effect from that hiring. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that current Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo could follow Hazen to Arizona to become the club’s new manager. The Diamondbacks recently let go of previous manager Chip Hale as part of its shakeup.
Lovullo has been with the Red Sox as a bench coach since 2013. He was the Blue Jays’ first base coach in 2011 and ’12. After the 2014 season, Lovullo was a runner-up in interviews with the Rangers and Twins, who wound up selecting Jeff Banister and Paul Molitor, respectively.
Per John Lott, the Blue Jays in a press release on Sunday announced that second baseman Devon Travis undervent an MRI which revealed a bone bruise with “a very small flap of cartilage caught in the joint.” As a result, Travis will “most likely” need arthroscopic knee surgery. However, he will first be reevaluated when the swelling subsides. The club expects him to be ready for spring training next year.
It’s not clear when Travis suffered the injury, though it was likely at the very end of the regular season or early in the postseason. Darwin Barney has been handling second base when Travis has been out of the lineup.
Travis has just one single in 12 plate appearances in the playoffs thus far. He hit .300/.332/.454 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI in 432 plate appearances during the regular season.