Braves Extend Contracts of Gonzalez, Wren
The Atlanta Braves extended the contracts of manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren on Wednesday.
This continues a string of extensions for Atlanta, now stretching all the way from the field, to the dugout, to the front office.
Both men were entering the final season of their previous deals in 2014. Financial terms and length of the contracts were not immediately announced.
Dave O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the club declined to release the contract specifics at this time in order keep focus on the on-field product.
Gonzalez, 50, was tasked with following in the footsteps of Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox, who retired following the 2010 season. In his three years at the helm, Gonzalez has led Atlanta to a 279-207 record and two trips to the postseason.
Wren, 55, likewise had big shoes to fill upon taking up the general manager’s duties in 2007 after John Schuerholz was promoted to team president. In his six years serving as GM, Wren has seen the club reach the playoffs on three occasions while turning in an overall record of 528-444.
Over the past four seasons, only the free-spending New York Yankees (372) have won more regular season games than the Braves, who have compiled 370 victories over that four-year span (the Texas Rangers also have 370 wins). Unlike New York, Atlanta has accomplished its success while operating under a self-imposed salary cap of roughly $90 million.
In recent weeks, the Braves have been in a frenzy of activity when it comes to multi-year deals. Wren oversaw long-term extensions for first baseman Freddie Freeman, closer Craig Kimbrel and starter Julio Teheran while also avoiding arbitration with outfielder Jason Heyward for the next two seasons.
Grant McAuley covers the Braves for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. Follow Grant on Twitter.