Frank Wren calls it his "new hit list."
When Wren, the Atlanta Braves' general manager, arrived at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville Sunday afternoon, his plan for this week's Winter Meetings was already outlined. There were clear targets on his mind. By the time he and his staff met Monday morning, the hit list was finalized: Atlanta needs a left fielder, and there's never a better time to hone in on available (or potentially available) players than at baseball's annual frenzy of free agent pickups, trades and executive bartering.
"I think this morning, more than anything, we strategized as to who we liked the most to fill out our club," Wren said on a Monday radio interview in Nashville.
With the signing of free agent center fielder B.J. Upton the highest-paid Braves player in team history, no less Wren addressed his franchise's biggest question mark entering the offseason. Would the team re-sign speedy leadoff hitter Michael Bourn or let him walk and find a replacement...