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.
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.