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Braves’ off-season will take shape as they make decisions on arbitration-eligible players

Dec 1, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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The Braves lost free agent catcher Brian McCann to the Yankees and they have yet to make any signings this off-season, but they stand to make a ton of news as they make decisions about their many arbitration eligible players. Based on Matt Swartz’s arbitration salary projections at MLB Trade Rumors, Mike Axisa of CBS Sports writes that the Braves’ 13 arbitration-eligible players are projected to earn a total of nearly $37 million in 2014, a salary increase of $22 million over the past season.

Craig Kimbrel is projected to see the biggest jump in salary, going from $655,000 last season to a projected $7.25 million in 2014. Freddie Freeman will see a marked increase as well, moving from $560,000 to a projected $4.9 million. Non-tender candidates include Elliot Johnson, Ramiro Pena, and Paul Janish, but they represent a very insignificant slice of the pie.

After the Braves tender contracts to the crowd, their next big move appears to be moving second baseman Dan Uggla and as much of his remaining $26 million as possible. They could also be in the hunt for a veteran starter to take over for Tim Hudson, who signed with the Giants.

  1. knowlegeforyou - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Trade Chris Johnson, Uggla, and a prospect like Wood for two bad contracts like Aramis, Weeks, and get Lohse. I wouldn’t mind giving them Heyward for Braun. Braun’s contract will probably look like a steal by the end.

    • kollin7 - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:56 PM

      I wish you could have seen the harshness of my face-palm after reading that.

      • Old Gator - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:48 AM

        Thou’rt being goofed upon.

  2. innout10 - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Haha

  3. leylandshospicenurse - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    I would do Johnson, Uggla, and prospect for Aramis, Weeks, and Lohse. I’m sure the Brewers would like to throw Aramis’s 20MM owed next year in any trade the braves try to make for Lohse. Uggla for Weeks is a wash as they both are terrible

    • leylandshospicenurse - Dec 2, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      As for the Braves off-season, I would love to see Pena back. Elliot Johnson and Paul Janish can go.

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