Braves Extend Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez

The Braves have extended the contracts of general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez, team president John Schuerholz announced to reporters, including David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Twitter link). Both had been entering the final years of their contract. Terms of the extensions were not disclosed.

The 55-year-old Wren has been the Braves' GM since taking over for Schuerholz following the 2007 season. In his time as the team's GM, Wren has pulled off numerous high-profile trades, including deals that landed Justin Upton and Chris Johnson from the Diamondbacks, Michael Bourn from the Astros and Dan Uggla from the division-rival Marlins. This offseason, Wren and his staff have hammered out long-term contracts for Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel while also inking Jason Heyward to a two-year deal that locks in his arbitration salaries. As is the case with most GMs, he's made some moves that haven't panned out, such as Uggla's five-year extension and B.J. Upton's five-year, $75.25MM free agent contract (of course, Upton still has four years to change that perception). A full list of Wren's moves as GM of the team can be seen in MLBTR's Transaction Tracker.

Gonzalez, 50, took over for legendary skipper Bobby Cox (who is now in the Hall of Fame) following the 2010 campaign. Previously the manager of the Marlins, Gonzalez came to Atlanta with four seasons of big league managerial experience. With the Braves, he's led the team to a 279-207 record in three seasons, finishing fourth in NL Manager of the Year voting in 2012 and third in 2013. Overall, Gonzalez has a 555-486 record in seven seasons as a Major League manager.


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rundmc1981
1 year 4 months ago

Everyone really is getting an extension. I wonder how that negotiating went with Wren.

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BraveCrowe
1 year 4 months ago

Probably….

Want an extension?

Yes.

Sign here..

Or that is how I like to imagine it. I like to see it as a no brainer, with a little humor of course.

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bhambravesfan
1 year 4 months ago

A lot of people complain about Wren, and his decision to sign Lowe, Kawakami, Upton, and Uggla. I on the other hand was excited about all of these deals when they happened. Kawakami had that Tanaka like mystique, Uggla could absolutely rake, Lowe was playoff proven veteran the staff desperately needed. Upton though may have been the exception, he came from a division of tiny ballparks However, in a world where Bourn wanted 100MM it wasn’t a bad idea at the time, and the Braves had to replace his production. Wren is one of the best small market/low budget GM’s out there.

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1 year 4 months ago

Uggla raked with the Marlins, and unfortunately this was a failed attempt to bring some pop to the Brave’s lineup. I didn’t really like the trade when it happened, and it looks worse now. Infante could have been starting at 2nd and Mike Dunn could have replaced Venters when he went down. Oh well.

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bravo_84
1 year 4 months ago

I know it looks bad in hindsight, but the Uggla trade looked like a steal when he made it. We trade a journeyman utility infielder and wild young lefty for a 30HR/yr second baseman. I personally wouldn’t want any GM that wouldn’t have made that deal with the information in hand at the time. You can complain about Kawakami, but his contract didn’t really have any long term effects, Lowe was a reach in terms of years, but following the pitching train wreck we had and failing to trade for Peavy or sign Burnett it was a necessary evil at the time. The one move he made that I can say if you put me in his shoes at the time of the deal I wouldn’t have made is Upton, but with Philadelphia a potential landing spot and not knowing the twins were going to firesale two CFers it certainly made since to reach a little bit ( maybe not 5/75, but a little bit).

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1 year 4 months ago

Factor in the requisite contract extension, and the Uggla deal was bad for the Braves then and now.

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bravo_84
1 year 4 months ago

Again its easy to say that now, but Uggla was coming off the best year of his career, and was already established as a top 3-4 second baseman. Even if you let him play out the 2011 season as bad as he was to start he was amazing to finish that season. He would’ve still gotten what a 4yr/50M deal on the open market. I hate the strain it puts on us now too, but the facts are this was a reasonable deal when it was signed. Again a little bit of a reach but definitely reasonable.

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-C
1 year 4 months ago

In all fairness, Uggla has brought the pop to the lineup, for the most part. It’s the rest of his game that’s looked bad.

-C

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1 year 4 months ago

Slugged under .400 the past two years. His pop is all he has, and there’s not much of it.

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Chad Johnson
1 year 4 months ago

I’d place him second behind Beane.

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geauxbraves2000
1 year 4 months ago

Busiest off season for the Braves in a while it seems. I must confess, I really like every move they’ve made so far!

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Tyler Jedrzejak
1 year 4 months ago

Don’t forget kawakami, mcclouth, Lowe to those bad signing/trades. I’m surprised.he got an extension as he doesn’t really seem all that great…mediocre if you will. And I am extremely shocked Gonzalez got an extension…..not a fan there

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Lennie Briscoe
1 year 4 months ago

People love to hate on the McLouth trade, but at the time it looked like a steal for the Braves. They traded 3 spare parts for a former All Star, Gold Glove CF. McLouth just didn’t have it here, nobody could foresee his bad performance in a Braves uniform.

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bhambravesfan
1 year 4 months ago

Spare parts as in Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke, the #3 and #4 starters on the Pirates?

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-C
1 year 4 months ago

As in Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke, neither of which have put up even an average season as a major league starter.

Morton was close to average once, and would have been average had he started all year last year.

But yeah, those two pitchers that would have been rotation depth in Gwinnett or minor league free agents by now had they stayed in Atlanta.

-C

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Lennie Briscoe
1 year 4 months ago

So they panned out for Pit. Congrats to them. Morton was a so-so, struggling and inconsistent fringe player and Locke was a middling low level prospect who had a career 17-20 record and a 5.52 ERA at the time he was traded. Yes, they were spare parts.

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TimotheusATL
1 year 4 months ago

more like Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke, two pitchers who wouldn’t be in the front 5 of the Braves rotation this year, much less the last six years.

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Kevin Sheets
1 year 4 months ago

But we can also look the the great trades he made. Bourne for Schafer (Whom they cut), and no name prospects, getting the Yankees to throw in a top prospect in the Vasquez deal, getting Vasquez from WhiteSox, Walden from Angels. Not to mention small pick ups like Oflarhety

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Lennie Briscoe
1 year 4 months ago

I get the extension for Wren. He has made some questionable moves in the past, but he’s also made some good moves too. I think all the offseason spending extending a lot of the young talent in Freeman, Teheran, and Kimbrell really helped him (although most of us would be lying if we thought Jon Hart didn’t play a huge roll in those signings either).

As far as Gonzalez goes…….giving him an extension, regardless of how long it is, a week before Spring Training even starts was an extremely premature move by the Braves. Gonzalez seems to be a step or 2 behind and usually has that “dear in the headlights” look like he doesn’t know what to do next frequently. His in game managing is pretty awful most of the time and really leaves a lot to be desired. I personally thought the only way he should have been given an extension is if the Braves got to the NLCS or the World Series this year. This team has had too much talent over the years to be a late season flop or a one and done in the playoffs.