The Braves have announced that they have extended the contracts of general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez. The team did not divulge the length of the extensions, but both Wren and Gonzalez were in their final year under contract before today.
Wren has been the GM since John Schuerholz was promoted to team president in 2007. Gonzalez has managed the team since Bobby Cox retired following the 2010 season. The team has gone 279-207 since he took over and has led the team to two playoff appearances and one NL East title.
While some Braves fans quibble with Wren and Gonzalez’s approaches at times, there was little if any chance that the team would make any changes in leadership any time soon. The Braves have had two GMs in the past 25+ years and one is now the team president. They’ve had two managers in that time as well, and the current one was basically hand-picked by the last one. The Braves are into the stability thing.
Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.
Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.
Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.
Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.
The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.
Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.
Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.