Report: Frank Wren is the “leading candidate” to become new Red Sox GM

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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.