And there it is:
The Braves have dismissed general manager Frank Wren. John Hart has been named as the interim GM.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) September 22, 2014
Hart, the former Indians and Rangers GM, was hired a year ago as a special advisor. He’s currently an analyst for MLB Network as well. He goes back a long way with Braves president John Schuerholz, so he has support in the organization, but it seems unlikely he’d keep the job for long.
A very likely candidate to take over full-time: assistant GM John Coppolella, who is well-regarded within the game and fits the Braves profile of promoting from within.
Wren was promoted to the GM chair in Atlanta following the 2007 season. He has been successful in maintaining a strong farm system and he has made multiple trades which have worked out OK for the Braves. But his judgment in giving out contract extensions and free agent deals to the likes of B.J. Upton, Dan Uggla and Derek Lowe has been poor, leaving a Braves team which is usually very budget conscious with limited payroll flexibility.
Ultimately, the Braves cratered this year and someone had to take the fall. That someone is Frank Wren.