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Frank Wren might be doing some holiday shopping in Nashville, but he made sure to take care of his teams leader in the meantime.
The Atlanta Braves executive vice presdent and general manager announced Wednesday afternoon that the team exercised its one-year club option on manager Fredi Gonzalez. Gonzalez, who was also in Nashville at this weeks Winter Meetings, is now signed through the 2014 season.
Fredi did a terrific job of leading our team back to the playoffs in 2012, Wren said. We feel with his leadership our team will continue to challenge for championships in the future.
Gonzalez boasts a 183-141 record (.565) in his two seasons since taking over for Hall of Fame and World Series-winning manager Bobby Cox. Including a four-season stint with the Marlins from 2007-10, hes accounted for 459 career wins.
Gonzalezs time with Atlanta has not been paved in gold. There have been road blocks along the way. In his first season, the Braves fell out of the playoff picture on the last day of the regular season following a historic September collapse. The team finished 89-73.
This past season, Gonzalez guided the Braves into baseballs new one-game Wildcard format for the playoffs, losing to the Cardinals 6-3 in an outcome that still conjures up dissent concerning a controversial infield fly call.
The Braves are still searching for their first division title under Gonzalez; they've finished second in the National East race twice.
Of course, finding a left fielder that can hit leadoff will make that task a little easier in 2013.
With his manager now locked in for two more seasons, Wren can now get back to his outfield bargain hunting.
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Taking over when Bobby Cox retired after the 2010 season, Gonzalez has managed the Braves to a 183-141 record. A September slump cost them a playoff berth in the 2011 playoffs and they lost to St. Louis in this year's NL wild-card game.
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