Braves Extend GM Frank Wren through 2013

The Braves have just announced that they have given General Manager Frank Wren a two-year extension through the 2013 season. This is not a surprising move at all, as the Braves love management stability and Wren has done a very solid job since taking over for the legendary John Schuerholz after the 2007 season.

Under Wren's leadership, the Braves have improved each season, from 72-90 in 2008 to 86-76 in 2009 to 91-61 (and a wild card berth) last year. Even more importantly, the team seems to be in good shape both for the present and the future.

Among the highlight's of Wren's 3+ seasons at the helm are his trades for Javier Vazquez, Jair Jurrjens, and Dan Uggla. He hasn't made a lot of noise in free agency outside of giving Derek Lowe a 4-year, $60M contract, but he has had a number of good signings. Some of the better ones include Billy Wagner, Eric Hinske, Takashi Saito, and David Ross.

In addition, Wren has overseen the building of one of baseball's best farm systems, one which has already graduated Tommy Hanson, Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, and Mike Minor to the bigs (among others). The next wave of prospects is led by the consensus top pitching prospect in the minors, Julio Teheran.

On the down side, Wren has signed Garrett Anderson and Kenshin Kawakami, as well as making a few not-so-stellar trades (the Ankiel/Farnsworth trade from last year stands out for me, though there are others, notably the Yunel Escobar trade).

On the whole, I'd give Wren a B+ grade so far. Not all of his moves have worked out, but his success rate compares very favorably to most GMs. Congratulations on the new contract, Frank. It's well deserved.

h/t to TC user cthabeerman for first posting this news.

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