Braves extend contracts of Gonzalez, coaches, through 2016

Jul 17, 2015 5:33 PM by Ross Field

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have extended the contracts of manager Fredi Gonzalez and his coaches through the 2016 season.

The team says the extensions include club options for 2017.

The Braves return from the All-Star break with a 42-47 record in Gonzalez's fifth season. His record with the Braves is 400-337, including the 2013 NL East title and a wild card spot in 2012.

This was expected to be a rebuilding season after Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton were traded. The team's hopes of staying close to a wild-card berth have been hurt by injuries to closer Jason Grilli and first baseman Freddie Freeman. Grilli is out for the season.

The 51-year-old Gonzalez previously managed the Marlins from 2007-2010. His overall record is 676-616.

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