Braves reward GM with extension

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Atlanta Braves rewarded general manager Frank Wren with a two-year contract extension that will run through the 2013 campaign, the club announced on Monday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The 52-year-old Wren will be entering his 12th season with the Braves and fourth as the GM since taking over for John Schuerholz, who resigned in October of 2007 to take over as the club's president. He was Schuerholz's top assistant for seven seasons before the promotion.

"Frank has done an excellent job leading our baseball operations the last three years, culminating with a return trip to the playoffs last season," Schuerholz said. "He and his staff have worked extremely hard in strengthening our major league club and our minor league system. Frank handled the difficult and important task of selecting Fredi Gonzalez to manage the Braves following Bobby Cox's retirement at the conclusion of the 2010 season."

Wren helped rebuild a Braves team that returned to the postseason in 2010 after a four-year absence, but the club lost to the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants in four games in the National League Division Series.

Prior to joining the Atlanta organization, Wren served as assistant GM for the Florida Marlins for eight years, working in the front office that put together the 1997 World Series champions.

He earned the GM job with the Baltimore Orioles prior to the 1999 season, but was fired after less than a year on the job, following a 78-84 campaign.

It will be a new-look Atlanta squad in 2011 as the 69-year-old Cox retired after a 25-year run as the manager, first from 1978-81, then from 1990-2010. He was replaced by former Florida manager Gonzalez, who was dismissed by the Marlins in June of last year.

Gonzalez is no stranger to the Braves, as he was the team's third base coach from 2003-06 and also spent 2002 as manager of the Braves' Triple-A affiliate.


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