Oct 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson (23) throws to first base against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of game two of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves and two players agree on contracts, avoid arbitration

It’s arbitration season for Major League Baseball which means teams are trying to avoid arbitration hearings with players who are eligible. News will be flying out left and right when it comes to teams who were able to avoid the hearing with specific players.

And of course, some may fail to avoid it and will have to face it head on. Today the Atlanta Braves were able to sign two players to one year contracts and avoid arbitration for them.

First guy up is third baseman Chris Johnson. This was Johnson’s first year of eligibility after having himself a break out year with the Atlanta Braves. Johnson hit 12 home runs, 68 RBI’s with a batting line of .321/.358/.457. He’s looking to improve this numbers this upcoming season.

Johnson’s deal is a one year contract worth around $4.75 million according to Mark Bowman on Twitter.

Second guy on the list is right handed pitcher Kris Medlen. This was also Medlen’s first year of eligibility. Medlen made his debut with the Braves back in 2009. He owns a career record of 34-20 and 434 strikeouts in those five years with the big league club.

Last year he worked through 197 innings and put up a 3.11 ERA, which isn’t all that bad. According to Jon Heyman on Twitter, Medlen’s deal is a one year, $5.8 million contract.

Tags: Atlanta Braves Chris Johnson Kris Medlen

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