Frank Wren was hired by the Red Sox as the senior VP of baseball operations Friday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Frank Wren has been around the game for a long time, so he wasn’t going to take just any job after being fired by the Braves last year.
When Dave Dombrowski was hired as Red Sox president of baseball operations just over a month ago, the ball started rolling for Wren to join the front office in some capacity as the two had worked together for 11 years between the Expos and Marlins in the early 1990s.
Friday it became official when Wren was hired as senior vice president of baseball operations.
“Well, I think for me, there’s very few places that I would really want to go,” Wren said. “I’ve been in some really good spots, and the last 15 years in Atlanta has been very good for me and for my family. When this opportunity came with Dave, it was pretty much something that I was really excited about and thinking this was an ideal situation and looking at the young talent that’s here. You look at the young talent, this is a special, special franchise. All of us in the game know that. You hope you’re lucky enough one day to work for a franchise like this. All that came together and my familiarity and my respect for Dave made it something that’s pretty easy to accept.”
With so many high profile names being brought into the organization, there is bound to be disagreements on certain decisions. Dombrowski feels this is a good thing and it is his job to sort things out and ultimately make the right call.
“I think it’s important to get those type of people who’ll say Dave I don’t agree with you,” he said. “You can sit down and you can argue over some things and when you leave the room you’re on the same page. But I’ve had those guys many times tell me, well I don’t agree with you. Well, that’s OK. That’s fine. That’s the way it goes. I don’t agree with you all the time either.”
Wren said he’s had no issue with disagreeing with Dombrowski in the past and won’t have any problem doing that now. He also added Dombrowski is good at leading a group of executives when making decisions.
‘You know, it’s been 15 years since we’ve been in that situation but over the years we’ve talked about players and we didn’t always agree on the quality of the player or what the contract should be, etc, etc. I can’t think of any specific instance. I think, one thing about Dave, he wants to hear a lot of different voices,” Wren said. “He’s not afraid to have people differ from him. He’s not afraid to get everyone in the room and hear them out. Ultimately, and he and I have had this conversation many times, I said, Dave, you and I have talked about this specific player and I know you feel differently than what’s going on around the room. I said, why didn’t you speak up? He said, ultimately because I’m going to make the decision. I want to hear what everyone has to say and ultimately I’ll make the decision. It might be where I came into the room or changed based on what I’ve heard. He’s very good at leading that way.’