Frank Wren: Get a Move on It!
OK, so the headline might be a little harsh. However, I share the opinion of most fans out there when I say that Frank Wren better figure out what the Braves are going to do before the start of the regular season.
It isn't that I think we are in a position where we have to sign or trade for someone. However, I'd like to be able to start spring training knowing who our main starters will be.
At this point, I think it is likely Glavine will re-sign with the Braves. Don't ask me whether or not I like the offer the Braves gave him; that is another story. However, the main question going into spring training is, of course, left field.
I'm quite alright with Matt Diaz and Brandon Jones sharing time in left field. I'm also fine with Josh Anderson and Gregor Blanco fighting it out for the starting center field position. Adding an outfielder is not going to make or break this team at all.
Everyone is saying the Braves are a move away from having a turn-around season. If you ask me, the moves we make at this point are meaningless. What is going to say the most as far as the Braves' potential for success in 2009 is the play of Jeff Francoeur, Yunel Escobar, Kelly Johnson, and whoever wins the starting job in left field.
If I were Frank Wren, I would take a step back and go into spring training with what we have. In fairness to the staff, the players, and the fans, we just want to know where we stand opening day before spring training starts next week.
If, in July, Wren decides we need help boosting the team to the playoffs, it might be nice to have enough budget room to make a move for a big bat or a reliever.
We'll just see what Frank does this weekend.
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