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.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.