Wren out to cross items off Braves' list at Meetings
Getting a starting pitcher, trading Uggla are GM's top priorities
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- When the Braves entered the offseason, it was apparent securing a starting pitcher and attempting to trade Dan Uggla would be the club's primary objectives. Two months later, general manager Frank Wren is still attempting to cross these two items off his wish list.
While the Braves have not yet made a move during the Hot Stove season, Wren and his staff will arrive at this year's Winter Meetings prepared to move closer toward striking a deal that could develop via conversations with the agents and other team executives who will be present for this event at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort.
Despite the flurry of trades and signings that were completed by other clubs over the past week, these Meetings will once again create a number of interesting rumors and stories. MLB.com's army of reporters are prepared to chronicle and update this event, which will conclude with Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. If there's a trade, a signing or even a hot rumor, continue to check braves.com and MLB.com for the latest.
As Wren has continued his search for a veteran starting pitcher and depth that could strengthen both his bullpen and bench, he has gained a better understanding of the cost it could take to satisfy these roster needs.
It appears the Braves currently have at least $10 million available to spend. Wren could gain some added financial flexibility if he is able to find a club that is willing to trade for Uggla and at least a portion of the $26 million he is owed over the next two seasons.
The first interesting development regarding the Braves at this year's Meetings will likely involve Bobby Cox's potential election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa headline the list of candidates on the Hall of Fame's Expansion Era ballot. Three candidates will gain election. Results will be announced on Monday morning.
Fans are encouraged to express their opinions and suggestions in the comments section below the stories that will be posted throughout the week. Do you see a good fit for Uggla? How much is too much to give up for David Price? Would Jeff Samardzija or Kyle Lohse be good fits in Atlanta?
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.