The Atlanta Braves have officially removed that ‘lame duck’ status that was sort-of-but-not-really-looming over its management team today by inking both General Manager Frank Wren and field manager Fredi González to extensions. Both will now be in their respective positions through at least the 2015 season. Neither the financial terms nor the contract lengths have yet been released… or leaked. The announcement was made this morning at the Disney World Spring Training facilities by team President John Schuerholz.
Schuerholz (on extensions): “they’ve done wonderful jobs for us and we’re glad that we were able to get that done” #Braves
— Kevin McAlpin (@KevinMcAlpin) February 19, 2014
Wren joined the Braves in 1999 as the assistant GM to Schuerholz and was promoted to the top spot in 2007. He has held that spot since then and will continue in that role for the foreseeable future.
Cuban native González started in the organization with the (then) Richmond Braves in 2002, joining Bobby Cox’s staff the next year. After the 2006 season, he was named manager of the Florida Marlins, remaining until the middle of the 2010 season, which set up nicely for a return to Atlanta when Bobby Cox retired after that season. As manager, Fredi’s lifetime record is now 555-486 (.533 win percentage). In the regular season, he is 279-207 with Atlanta (.574), finishing second, second, and first in the NL Eastern division. In that period of time, the Braves rank first in the NL in wins (Cardinals 275) and second in the majors (Rangers 280).