Frank Wren is the start of a professional scouting change for the Red Sox. (J. Meric/Getty Images)
It’s been just over a month since Dave Dombrowski was hired as Red Sox president of baseball operations so he hasn’t had much time to put his stamp on the organization, but one of the first steps to making a change occurred Friday when the team announced the hiring of Frank Wren as senior vice president of baseball operations.
Ultimately, Dombrowski wants to change the professional scouting aspect of the organization and Wren is the first piece in doing that.
“One of the things — to me one of the biggest changes I will make that I really haven’t gotten into totally because we really haven’t been at that point yet, is our professional scouting — our major league scouting aspect of it,” Dombrowski said. “Not right or wrong or indifferent how people do it is something that I really want changed. A lot of that change is taken behind the scenes.
“Getting closer to announcing what those changes will be, but Frank is part of that change. I am going to put more emphasis on scouting the major leagues strictly, using their evaluation tools, but also be sublimated by another group of individuals that will be very strong in their professional coverage.”
Wren has been around the game a long time, as he has over 30 years of experience working in the front office of baseball organizations. Most recently he was general manager of the Braves from 2008-14. He also worked with Dombrowski for 11 years between the Expos and Marlins from 1987-98.
Wren said he will help out in whatever is best for Dombrowski and will be based from his home in Atlanta.
“I think one of the things Dave and I have talked about over the last few weeks as this all came together is really assisting in a lot of different areas,” Wren said. “I’ve been involved in a lot from the time I played, coaching in minor leagues, to being involved in scouting, running Latin America, to assistant GM and GM. I’ve been involved in a lot of different areas, so wherever I can help out and feel like there’s value for Dave, that’s what I will do.”
While there is a lot of work to done this offseason, both with the talent on the field and within the front office, Dombrowski believes the team has a chance to get back to winning quickly.
“There is a great core of young players here. I think if we make some wise moves to supplement the talent we have here in addition to some of the veteran players, we have a chance to have a good club pretty quickly.”