Atlanta Braves Give Manager Fredi Gonzalez & GM Frank Wren Contract Extensions

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Manager Fredi Gonzalez
Manager Fredi Gonzalez
- photo by Tim Evearitt

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --Team president John Schuerholz confirmed the news on Wednesday when he announced the extensions. The club opted not to reveal the length of the deals given to Wren and Gonzalez, both of whom were entering what would have been the final year of their existing contracts.

Schuerholz added that he never planned to send either into this season with uncertainty surrounding his immediate future.

Not only are the durations of the extensions unknown, it is not known whether they are of equal length.

Wren has received praise for the recent long-term agreements reached with Freeman, Kimbrel and Teheran, but even before he began strengthening the club's future with these deals, the Braves had already planned to extend his contract.

"I love being here, and I love being part of what we're doing," Wren said. "I'm excited about it."

Wren assumed his current role when Schuerholz ended his long, successful reign as GM after the 2007 season. Wren was tasked with guiding the Braves through a rebuilding year in 2008, but since then he has positioned the club into a playoff contender on an annual basis.

Since the start of the 2009 season, the Braves have made three trips to the postseason and won more games than any other National League club. The Yankees and Rangers are the only other Major League teams that have notched more wins than the Braves over the past five seasons.

Since assuming the unenviable task of becoming Bobby Cox's successor after the 2010 season, Gonzalez has given Wren reason to believe he picked the right man for the job. The Braves advanced to the postseason in 2013 for a second straight year after capturing the NL East title.

"I am happy to have the opportunity to stay here," said Gonzalez. "It's a place you like to be and a place you want to be for a long time."

Since Gonzalez took the helm, the Braves have recorded more wins (279) than any other NL club. That's one shy of the Major League-leading total Texas notched during this three-season span.

---- Source: MLB.com

General Manager Frank Wren
General Manager Frank Wren
- Photo2 by Tim Evearitt

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