The Braves beat writer at the AJC finally chimed in on the letter or e-mail Wren sent to the AP yesterday that reaffirmed Atlanta's top prospects were untouchable. It was strange to see a whole day go by without any front page story posted on the web-site (or even a mention in the blog) of Atlanta's supposed "paper of record." Here are some excerpts from that beat writer's conversation this morning with Frank Wren:
“What I told you that day still holds,” Wren said, referring to his comments after the season ended, about not trading his top prospects. “There are certain guys we’re not going to move in any deal, because we think they are part of this next wave. And there’s other guys … we would be open to moving.”
Hanson and Heyward, along with 17-year-old pitcher Julio Teheran, are known to be on the Braves’ off-limits list. It’s believed that first baseman Freddie Freeman and center fielders Jordan Schafer and Gorkys Hernandez are close to untouchable.
I don't know how DOB knows this, but it seems like more of that idle speculation, especially since he then writes this next bit below which seems to contradict his previous statement about the players who are "known" to be off-limits:
But Wren wouldn’t specifically say who’s on that list. He did mention that the Braves are fortunate to have enough quality depth in their system to still pursue trades that could fill one or more of their three primary offseason objectives: Acquire two proven starting pitchers and a power-hitting outfielder. [...]
“There’s a group of players we’re not going to move under any circumstances,” Wren said. “They are a core group of players we’re just not going to move.
“Fortunately for us, we’ve got a lot of depth. Outside of our core, we’ve got a lot of depth to make moves. We can make significant moves without touching that core.”
Perhaps the idle speculation that comes with having your own blog does not completely suit Dave O'Brien.
But hey! Here's some song lyrics that'll make you forget everything I just said...