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Braves, Jason Heyward reach a two-year deal avoiding arbitration

Feb 4, 2014, 11:08 AM EDT

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The Braves have announced that they have avoided arbitration with Jason Heyward by agreeing to a two-year deal. Jon Heyman reports that the deal is for $13.3 million.

In addition to being a smart move — Heyward is a key player and the sides were only $300K apart based on submitted arbitration numbers — it’s a somewhat surprising one. The Braves are one of the most notable “file and trial” teams in baseball, with a heretofore strict team policy that they will not negotiate once arbitration figures are submitted. They obviously negotiated here, much to their credit.

The next question is what this means for Freddie Freeman and Craig Kimbrel, who also face arbitration hearings. Freeman and the Braves are not as far apart as are the Braves and Kimbrel, so I’d guess that, at best, Freeman gets locked up before next week’s hearings.

  1. El Bravo - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    Cool story, brah.

    • helengreese - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

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  2. bobhorner - Feb 4, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    As a diehard Braves fan, i sadly think this means 2 more years of Heyward (or possible 1.5) before we have to let him go. We just don’t have the budget to sign him for what he will command.

    /me longs for the ability to negotiate a new TV contract

    • billyboots - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      The money is there, it is just a question if Liberty Media wants to spend it in order to put butts in their brand-spanking new stadium.

    • chc4 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:13 PM

      Heyward hasn’t shown that’s he is worthy of a big extension. He’s shown flashes but totally inconsistent and injured way too much. The potential is there but he has not put it together. Not yet at least.

  3. porkypig44 - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    File and trial only valid for 1 year deal negotiations, not for multi year extension. Great move… Uggla off books in 2 years so that will free up money for j hey then

    • jamaicanjasta - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Exactly what I was thinking, the 2 year extension is just a bridge to a longer term deal using the money that will fall off when Uggla’s contract expires. This reasoning suggests an extension for Freeman and in a longer term view, locking up Simmons; it also risks a trade of Kimbrel in about 2 years if Liberty does not increase payroll.

      • chc4 - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        And just think, BJ’s contract will be off the books in 2017. Can’t wait!

  4. Joe Vecchio - Feb 4, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    He’s slated to be the leadoff man this year,if he does as well as he did in the spot last year (before getting beaned), it could be very good for the Braves offensively, as they were seriously lacking a regular leadoff man last year.

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