Braves GM Frank Wren Responds to our Concerns

From a letter sent to the AP today:

General manager Frank Wren insists the Braves won't trade their most valued prospects, apparently not even to bring Jake Peavy to Atlanta. [...]

"Many of the trade speculations that have been written over the past few weeks are inaccurate," Wren said. "For the most part they are simply an outsider speculating what we might do and not what we would do."

He also spoke to what his plans might be the off-season:

Wren said he hopes to re-sign Hampton, but he still will need to add more starting pitching. As the rotation currently stands, the top returning starters are 2008 rookies Jair Jurrjens, Jorge Campillo and Charlie Morton.

"We're going to have to get an established starter or two that can kind of lead the way for our younger pitchers, and we do like our younger pitchers," Wren said. "We think we've got a real good group coming, but we need some veteran stability at the top of the rotation to take some of the pressure off them."

Wren said Hanson could make his major league debut "at some point" in the 2009 season but shouldn't be counted on to make the opening day rotation.

Deep sigh of relief. Somehow I feel that the constant barrage of "don't trade Hanson" posts I've been putting up the last few days helped bring about this concession by Wren.

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