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Braves pick up option on Fredi Gonzalez's contract

Coming off a 94-win season, Gonzalez is now signed through 2014.

Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren announced on Wednesday that the organization has exercised its one-year option on manager Fredi Gonzalez. The team now has Gonzalez signed through 2014, according to its Twitter page. Gonzalez will enter his third year with the Braves this upcoming spring. Gonzalez has compiled a 459-422 record as a manager. He managed the Marlins from 2007-2010, and joined the Braves after the end of the 2010 season.

Gonzalez faced criticism after the end of the 2011 campaign, according to MLB.com. That season, the Braves gave up a 9 1/2-game lead in the Wild Card standings during the final month of the season. Atlanta lost on the last night of the year to Philadelphia, ruining its postseason hopes for good and sending the St. Louis Cardinals on an improbable World Series run.

Gonzalez guided Atlanta to 94 wins and an appearance in the Wild Card playoff game in 2012. Atlanta lost to the Cardinals in the first round of this year's playoffs.

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