ATLANTA -- The Braves have extended executive vice president and general manager Frank Wren's contract though the end of the 2014 season and enhanced the titles of two of his top aides.
Along with locking up Wren for at least two more seasons, the Braves announced that assistant general manager and director of player development Bruce Manno has been awarded the title of vice president and assistant general manager/player development. John Coppolella, who served as the director of professional scouting this past season, has been given the title of assistant general manager.
"These changes are a reflection of the good work and success of our Major League baseball team and the work of Frank and his senior staff," Braves president John Schuerholz said.
Since being named to his current position on Oct. 11, 2007, Wren has helped rebuild the Braves into one of the National League's top teams. The club has reached the postseason in two of the past three years, and the Phillies are the only NL club with more wins since the start of the 2009 season.
Despite working within tight financial constraints, Wren and his staff made a number of shrewd in-season moves that guided this year's Braves toward 94 wins -- their most since 2004 -- and a Wild Card berth.
As Manno prepares for his sixth season with the Braves, he will continue to serve as Wren's right-hand man while overseeing the developmental system. Coppolella is regarded as one of the game's top young minds and a future general manager candidate.
---- Source: MLB.com
GM Frank Wren with Assistant GM Bruce Manno
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt