Braves hand Wren, Gonzalez contract extensions

Braves hand Wren, Gonzalez contract extensions
February 19, 2014, 5:45 pm
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Just weeks ago it was reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the Braves were entering 2014 with both manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manger Frank Wren on the final years of their respective deals. That is now no longer the case as both were handed contract extensions by the club on Wednesday.

The exact length and terms of their deals have not been released, but it serves as a reward for their division-winning campaign in 2013. You had to figure this was coming at some point for both of them, given they've led the Braves to the playoffs two consecutive seasons.

Wren has been the Braves' GM since Oct. 2007 and has overseen a losing record just once. Since 2009 they've posted at least 86 wins and made the postseason three times.

Gonzalez took over for Bobby Cox before the 2011 season and has averaged 93 wins per year. They've yet to win a playoff series under Gonzalez, winning only one game in the NLDS against the Dodgers despite holding home field advantage.

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It's been the season for contract extensions for the Braves. They signed Freddie Freeman, Julio Teheran and Craig Kimbrel to long-term deals in recent weeks. And according to some reports Andrelton Simmons could be next to get a raise.

All in all, it looks like the Braves are happy with the direction they are headed and intend to keep the current group together for the foreseeable future.

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