While Wren won't tip his hand publicly, an executive from another team said the Braves would prefer to trade Derek Lowe, but also seem willing to move Javier Vazquez or Kenshin Kawakami. The question remains: Can the Braves find a team willing to assume all or most of the $45 million that Lowe is owed over the next three seasons?
The Braves are looking to add a power hitter and might have to fill holes in the bullpen and/or first base, depending whether they retain closers Mike Gonzalez or Rafael Soriano and first baseman Adam LaRoche, all free agents.
"We had some meetings with clubs yesterday and did some additional talking last night and this morning, so I think we've got a better lay of the land from a standpoint of who we match up well with," Wren said.
He said it was too early to know whether the Braves would try to re-sign LaRoche or offer arbitration to Soriano and Gonzalez.
"I think a lot of those will go up to the deadline," Wren said, referring to the Dec. 1 deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents, "because we're in a situation where a lot of people will take a wait-and-see attitude as it pertains to what the market might be. ... Until we see something a little more definitive, I think a lot of us are going to be in that position."
Wren said center fielder Jordan Schafer is recovering well from late-season wrist surgery and expects to get the cast off in the next couple of weeks, a few weeks sooner than expected.
Schafer won't play winter ball but should be ready for spring training. However, the Braves won't put pressure on Schafer, who was their opening-day center fielder last season as a rookie, but was demoted two months later.
“I think we’ll just watch him in spring training. I don’t think we have any preconceived ideas," Wren said of Schafer, who has missed a lot of time the past two seasons for injuries and a 50-game suspension.
"He just needs to play. I think the likelihood is he’ll be in the minor leagues to start the season, but we’re not going to predetermine that in November."