The Atlanta Braves have dismissed general manager and executive vice president Frank Wren one day after the team was eliminated from playoff contention.
Wren, who was the Braves' GM for seven seasons, served as an assistant to former Atlanta general manager John Schuerholz. He took over the position from Schuerholz (who became team president) after the 2007 season.
John Hart, who has 14 years experience as GM of the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers, will take over as the Braves' interim general manager. Hart, Schuerholz and former Braves manager Bobby Cox will act as the "transition team" in the search for a permanent GM.
The Braves made three postseason appearances in Wren's five years as general manager, including four straight seasons of 89-plus wins. However, Atlanta won only two playoff games in that span and did not advance past the NL Division Series. The Braves currently sit at 76-79 this season.
And so the #Braves begin the week of waiting for the other shoe to drop. Not to be cruel, but some folks will pay for this debacle.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) September 22, 2014
Wren's two largest free-agent signings may sunk his tenure as GM. He signed Dan Uggla to a five-year, $62 million contract after the 2010 season. After two solid seasons, Uggla fell off the map, contributing only 0.4 fWAR last year with a league-worst .179 batting average. He his .162 this season with a paltry .472 OPS before the Braves released the second baseman.
The other big signing: a 5-year, $75 million contract to center fielder B.J. Upton. That one is somehow turning out even worse, as Upton hit .184/.268/.289 last year for a -0.6 fWAR and has been only replacement-level in value this season.