Fredi Gonzalez Named Braves Manager

The Braves held a farewell press conference on Wednesday for Bobby Cox and they didn't waste much time in naming his successor. Atlanta named Fredi Gonzalez as their new manager in a press conference earlier today.  The former Marlins skipper has been given a contract that runs through 2013 with a club option for 2014.

Gonzalez, a former third base coach for the Braves, managed the Marlins from 2007 until earlier this season. He led the club to a 276-279 record during his time in Florida, and since his firing has been widely considered the logical successor for Cox in Atlanta. Cox publicly criticized Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria following Gonzalez's dismissal, saying that Florida "lost a good one" in Gonzalez.

Ken Rodriguez of FOX 5 Sports first reported that the Braves reached agreement with Gonzalez to become the team's next manager while's Mark Bowman was first to learn that he would be formally introduced following Cox's farewell address.  Contract details were first reported by Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.