Braves GM Wren gets 2-year extension (updated)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – After announcing Monday that Braves general manager Frank Wren signed a two-year contract extension, team president John Schuerholz was asked what impressed him about Wren’s work since replacing Schuerholz.

“Well, he’s younger,” Schuerholz said, drawing laughter at a news conference at the team’s spring training complex.

Braves GM Frank Wren signed a two-year extension that runs through 2013. He traded for slugger Dan Uggla in November. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Braves GM Frank Wren signed a two-year extension that runs through 2013. He traded for slugger Dan Uggla in November. (Jason Getz photo/AJC)

Wren, 52, got an extension that runs through 2013. He’s in the final year of his current contract and entering his fourth season as GM after eight years as an assistant to Schuerholz, the longtime former GM.

Wren took over when Schuerholz became president on Oct. 11, 2007.

“Obviously Frank’s work speaks for itself,” Schuerholz said. “He’s done a remarkable job in his years as general manager, in rebuilding our farm system and our scouting program, and in the work he’s done with our major league club. Getting us back into the playoffs last year was really the icing on top of that cake.

“For those efforts, and for his leadership capability, for what he brings to our organization, we’re delighted to announce his contract has been extended for two years.”
Wren’s now under contract for the same period as manager Fredi Gonzalez, whom he hired to replace Bobby Cox when the iconic manager retired in October. Gonzalez signed a three-year contract that runs through 2013.

Wren turned down at least one GM offer with another team during his long tenure as an assistant to Schuerholz.

“Organizationally, it doesn’t get any better than this,” Wren said. “Atlanta’s a great place to live, it’s been a great place to raise my family. So there’s been a lot of things that made it a perfect fit.

“But at the end of the day, when you count the organizations that will allow a general manager to do his job, and to have the resources and the people surrounding you that help you put it all together, I think our organization is second to none in that regard.”

The Braves won the National League wild card in 2010 and ended a four-year postseason drought. After a few lean years, their refortified minor league system was recently rated the third-best in baseball.

It’s been a big week for Wren, whose sons, Kyle and Colby, are freshmen baseball players at Georgia Tech. Kyle, a center fielder and leadoff hitter, went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple in Tech’s season opener Friday against Kent State.

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WV Braves Fan

February 21st, 2011
4:11 pm

I think the extension was well deserved.

nc braves fanatic

February 21st, 2011
4:21 pm

posted this on the last entry, but it’s worth posting again at the top of this one. Jon Heyman (SI and MLB network) sent this out on twitter a little while ago.


February 21st, 2011
4:38 pm

Wren thinks errors aren’t important? Was he awake when we lost to the Giants in the playoffs due to errors?

Frank's Wren

February 21st, 2011
4:43 pm

Frank Wren… the man that brought us Nate McLouth and sleeveless sweaters.

Seriously, though, he’s done a solid job overall in the past two years, so I can’t complain too much.


February 21st, 2011
4:46 pm

Another ‘Wren job.’

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February 21st, 2011
5:01 pm

Congratulations, Frank. It was well deserved IMHO.


February 21st, 2011
5:18 pm

Congrats to Wren

How about we keep the discussion about Wren and errors limited to one thread, two at the most. since this would be #3, let it go.


February 21st, 2011
5:19 pm

Perhaps this could have waited until after the 2011 season….just to confirm no backsliding.


February 21st, 2011
5:58 pm

Many of the errors in the second half (when the defensive numbers went way down) and post season were made by back ups (Conrad). So maybe he isn’t as worried because those players will be either gone or on the bench. Just a crazy thought.


February 21st, 2011
6:30 pm

He has done a good job.


February 21st, 2011
6:31 pm

Glaus and Wagner were two of his best moves last year.


February 21st, 2011
8:28 pm

Ban-up jb in my humble estimation.


February 21st, 2011
9:40 pm

I may not agree with all his moves, but at least he is decisive. I have nothing to prove this, but it seems he tried to get ineffective players out of Bobby’s hands, so that the ol’ coot wouldn’t continue to trot ‘em out there. Last year when Gwinnett had the highest paid minor league team ever, it’s bc Wren wasn’t afraid to send down McClouth, KK and Glaus.
And who thought we’d really trade Escobar? I think he threw Bobby a bone on that one.
It may not be the best trade ever, but it took cajones to make.


February 21st, 2011
9:42 pm

I’m still dying to know what the real story with KK is; Did the Maserati rub people the wrong way. Yes, I know he was 1-10, but I’ve never seen the Braves treat a pitcher like they did KK last year. Is he a jerk? Does he have bad work habits?

Michael Procton

February 21st, 2011
10:14 pm

Kentavo, it’s got a lot to do with the idiotic fanbase and their inability to look past a baseball card line in determining the performance of a player.

As to Wren, I’m glad we finally have a GM with sons who might actually be WORTH drafting. Yeah, I’m talking to you, Jon.

Branch Rickey

February 21st, 2011
10:34 pm

I’ve been deceased for several decades but I’m not sure I would have extended his contract right now. Other than one hot month Glaus was useless. Three years of Kawakami & $21 million were wasted. McLouth has been descending since he arrived, & he’s owed nearly $8 mil this season. Lowe’s second half in 2010 was great but I’m looking at the big picture, and two years ($30 million)remaining for a 38 year-old pitcher? You traded a 15-game winner to NYY for Melky Cabrera? With Gonzalez on short & Uggla on second, the Braves will lead the league in errors. I’m going back to my dirt nap.


February 21st, 2011
10:38 pm

Kawakami’s confidence was ruined by Bobby Cox. He had a very respectable ERA his rookie season in MLB and should have won more than 7 games. For reasons unknown his teammates didn’t score him any runs. This carried over to 2010. KK felt like he had to pitch perfectly every game since his team gave him a run or less every night to play with, and it all became mental after awhile, with Bobby Cox leaving him out to dry.


February 22nd, 2011
12:04 am

Still don’t understand why a MLB club hasn’t picked up three mm of kks contract


February 22nd, 2011
9:34 am

Branch Rickey

“…..I’ve been deceased for several decades…..”
Yes, please continue…….

“…..Three years of Kawakami & $21 million were wasted……”
O.K. pitcher until the book came out on him.

“…….McLouth has been descending since he arrived, & he’s owed nearly $8 mil this season…….” Agreed, but now we’re into the contract year. Watch out. He’ll be a holy terror……because I say so.

“…… Lowe’s second half in 2010 was great but I’m looking at the big picture, and two years ($30 million)remaining for a 38 year-old pitcher?………”
Where would the BRAVES have been last season without him? Why should this season be any different?

“……..With Gonzalez on short & Uggla on second, the Braves will lead the league in errors………” And we know this because you say so?

“….Other than one hot month Glaus was useless…..”
Again, where would the BRAVES have been without it?

“……..You traded a 15-game winner to NYY for Melky Cabrera?……….”

“……I’m going back to my dirt nap……”

I anticipate you will now continue being silent until you learn something where the BRAVES are concerned.


February 22nd, 2011
10:06 am

Took him a while to make it his team but he’s stabilized us and has a gameplan for the future. He does well working with the somewhat tight budget he has. Nice job building the farm up for what could be many championships to come.

Good move. Well deserved.


February 22nd, 2011
1:57 pm

Keep in mind that Wren had to clean up the mess in the wake of the Tex trade. He’s done a great job of rebuilding our farm system and making trades during the year (Derrek Lee) to help bridge some gaps (Troy Glaus not producing in 2nd half). Sure, I would have rather kept Gregor Blanco over Rick Ankiel and Farnsworth, but no one is perfect. Getting Uggla solidified our lineup, but our pitchers are good enough, and now the lineup is good enough, to compensate for the errors that WILL happen with Uggla and Gonzo in the middle of the infield, and with “Bum Leg” Chipper at 3rd, and a rookie at 1st.


February 22nd, 2011
4:23 pm

I think everyone can agree that the farm system is greatly improved, and that our team is projected to be better than last year’s 90-win team. (Of course, if the Phillies had been healthy last year, they would have won 115!) The short term moves, while not the greatest, were made with the long term in mind, and are about to pay off. And with the money constraints he’s operating under and what has been available on the market, he has done very well. I like the fact that he makes moves when the situation calls for it, even if there is not a clear-cut perfect move to make.

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