Two days after the Braves were eliminated from the postseason, Braves general manager Frank Wren shared his thoughts about where the Braves go from here. In a candid interview Friday with selected members of the media, Wren said he didn't envision Derek Lowe with a spot in the starting rotation next season as of now. He said the Braves have no plans to trade Jason Heyward but he will have to fight for a job in right field. And he stood behind the job manager Fredi Gonzalez did despite the Braves' September collapse.
Here are excerpts from that hour-long interview.
Q. What about Derek Lowe?
A. He had a very tough finish to the year, and going into next season there's, it's hard to project him as one of our starters at this point, based on the young talent we have. But that's something we'll figure out when we get closer to spring training.
Q. So the bullpen is an option, if he's not traded?
A. It's an option we have to evaluate at that time.
Q. Has it become redundant to hear him say he needs to make mechanical changes?
Neither Lowe, Heyward guaranteed starting jobs
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Oct 1