Frank Wren has spent the past couple of weeks handing out contract extensions to multiple young Braves to lock them up for the future of the franchise. Today, he gets an extension of his own. This morning, Braves President John Schuerholz announced that he has handed out contract extensions to Frank Wren and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.
Frank Wren and Freddie Gonzalez have received contract extensions. John Schuerholz did not reveal the length of the extensions
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 19, 2014
The terms of the deals have not been disclosed yet, but both Frank and Fredi were entering the final year of their current contracts, so this was a move that Schuerholz absolutely HAD to make. Wren has been mostly outstanding so far in his tenure with the Braves, especially this off-season in getting a lot of the Braves young talent wrapped up on team friendly deals. Because of these big deals, Wren’s legacy with the Braves will most likely be tied to the future performance of these young guys and the Braves’ move to the new Cobb County stadium.
As for the Fredi Gonzalez extension, I think it is a good move. Managers don’t like it when they are managing during their last season under contract, and now we don’t have to worry if it will affect Fredi or not. Despite the dislike of some, I feel that Fredi Gonzalez has improved some in his first three years as the Braves manager. Hopefully, he learned a valuable lesson in the playoffs last year with his misuse of Craig Kimbrel. That is a mistake that cannot be repeated.