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Braves Fire Wren, Name Hart Interim GM

The Atlanta Braves have fired Frank Wren and named John Hart their interim general manager.

Atlanta made the announcement on Monday, less than 24 hours after they were eliminated from the playoff race.

Wren was in his 15th season with the Braves and his seventh as the club's general manager. He was named the GM after the 2007 season.

A half-game behind the Washington Nationals for the National League East lead on July 29, Atlanta plummeted out of contention by winning just 18 of its next 49 games.

Via ESPN


LaRoche Doesn't Expect Nationals To Re-Sign Him

With free agency approaching, Adam LaRoche is aware that the Washington Nationals may be unlikely to re-sign him.

"If you had to ask me now, I would assume that I would have to move on, unfortunately," he said.

LaRoche, 34, has hit 25 home runs with a .814 OPS this season.

"LaRoche understands the situation the Nationals will face this winter," writes Mark Zuckerman. "Ryan Zimmerman needs a place to play. His days as a regular third baseman in the big leagues likely will end after this fall. There’s no room in the outfield for him, not with Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth in the corners and Denard Span’s $9 million option a no-brainer to pick up.

"Zimmerman, still owed a minimum of $76 million over the next five seasons, pretty much has to become the Nationals’ first baseman. Which likely leaves LaRoche — whose current contract includes a $15 million mutual option for 2015 — chair-less when the music stops."

Via Mark Zuckerman/Nats Insider


Alderson, Mets Working On Extension

The New York Mets will retain general manager Sandy Alderson.

Not only will they pick up the 2015 option on his contract, but they are also making progress toward announcing a multiyear extension, according to a source.

Alderson, who was hired on Oct. 29, 2010, is completing the final guaranteed season of an original four-year deal.

Terry Collins is expected to remain the club's manager as well.

Via Adam Rubin/ESPN



MLB Wants To Speed Up Games

Major League Baseball wants to pick up the pace of games and commissioner Bud Selig has formed a committee to implement new rules in time for next season.

The goals of the committee will focus on decreasing the time of games and improving the overall pace of play.

Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz will chair the committee, which also includes New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, Boston Red Sox partner Michael Gordon, MLB commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, MLB executive vice president Joe Torre and Red Sox chairman Tom Werner.

Via ESPN


Jeter To Play Every Game Down Stretch

Derek Jeter has recorded four-straight two-hit games as his career winds down and the shortstop will play in every game for the New York Yankees down the stretch.

"Obviously, some of those days are going to be DH days to keep him going, similar to what [Sunday] is," Joe Girardi said. "He had Monday off, but now he's swinging the bat and I'm going to keep him in there."

Jeter has made the most of his last homestand so far, hitting .471 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs.

"It's fun. It's a lot better when they're cheering for you," said Jeter. "But the fans have been great to me all season. Now, I feel good, and we're still trying to win games. Until we're out of games, we all need to battle and play as hard as we can."

Via Jake Kring-Schreifels/MLB


Wren's Job With Braves May Be In Jeopardy

The Atlanta Braves were eliminated from the playoff race over the weekend and Frank Wren's job appears to be in jeopardy.

Wren has been Atlanta's general manager the last seven years.

The Braves were only a half-game out of the National League East at midseason, but they have struggled since.

Other reports have indicated that the Braves will move quickly in dismissing Wren.

Via Jon Heyman/CBS Sports


Pirates Would 'Love' To Re-Sign Martin

The Pittsburgh Pirates will try to re-sign Russell Martin this offseason, according to Neal Huntington.

"We are going to try to do everything we can to keep Russ. We'd love nothing more than to have (Martin) in a Pirates uniform," the general manager said.

Martin has hit .297/.408/.442 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI. The .408 on-base percentage is the best in baseball.

Via Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


Braves Eliminated From Playoff Race With Loss

The Atlanta Braves were eliminated from the National League playoff race this weekend.

A half-game out of first place in the NL East on July 29, the Braves have gone 18-30 since then to fall 15 back of the Washington Nationals.

Atlanta was eliminated from the wild-card chase when Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee on Sunday.

Via Associated Press


Anibal Sanchez Nearing Return To Tigers

Anibal Sanchez threw about 50 pitches in a simulated game Sunday and could return to the Detroit Tigers this week.

The right-hander went on the disabled list Aug. 9 with a strained right chest muscle.

Sanchez is 8-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 21 starts. The Tigers could use him in relief.

Via Associated Press


Cardinals Clinch Playoff Berth Despite Loss

The St. Louis Cardinals clinched a playoff spot on Sunday and then lost to the Cincinnati Reds.

St. Louis is still trying to clinch the National League Central title despite a roster of sick players. A flu bug has spread throughout the clubhouse.

Mike Matheny said there are "north of 10 players" bothered by flu-like symptoms.

"There are a lot of guys that are unavailable," he added. "Almost as many unavailable as available."

St. Louis secured its fourth consecutive postseason appearance when Milwaukee lost to Pittsburgh earlier in the day.

Via Associated Press