Braves extend contracts for general manager Frank Wren, manager Fredi Gonzalez

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Atlanta Braves have been on a signing spree.

Atlanta Braves pitching coach Marty Reed, left, talks with manager Fredi Gonzalez during a spring training baseball workout.  ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Atlanta Braves pitching coach Marty Reed, left, talks with manager Fredi Gonzalez during a spring training baseball workout.

So far they’ve locked up first baseman Freddie Freeman, right fielder Jason Heyward, starter Julio Teheran, and closer Craig Kimbrel.

On Wednesday, the Braves extended the contracts of general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez.

Wren and Gonzalez were entering the final years of their contracts and Braves president John Schuerholz simply said he wanted the deals to be done as soon as possible. Terms and amounts were not disclosed.

Schuerholz made the announcement Wednesday.

“They’ve done wonderful jobs for us,” Schuerholz said. “We’re not going to talk about the lengths, but they have been extended.”

After a long first day with the full squad, Gonzalez said he was happy to have the contract issue out of the way.

“I’m excited,” Gonzalez said. “It gives me a chance to stay in Atlanta and I love being here. This is a place I want to be for a long time.”

Last season, the Braves went 96-66 and won the National League East before falling in the playoffs. Gonzalez finished third in National League Manager of the Year voting. He has a career record with the Braves of 279-207.

Gonzalez, who started his managing career with the Florida Marlins, has a long history with the Braves as a third base coach under manager Bobby Cox.

The four player signings along with the Wren and Gonzalez extensions, have shown the Braves aren’t afraid to spend money.

The team has spent $227.7 million on the four players alone.


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