October 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Jason Heyward (22) is congratulated by third base coach Brian Snitker (51) after hitting a two run home run in the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Atlanta Braves sign Jason Heyward to two year contract

There was concern the Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jason Heyward would be unable to find middle ground on a new contract.

That didn’t end up being the case though as the Braves and Heyward agreed on a two-year deal this morning which will help the two sides avoid arbitration.

#Braves avoid arbitration with Jason Heyward, agreeing to a two year deal running through 2015. Financial terms were not released.

While Kevin McAlpin mentioned that terms were not released, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports the two-year contract is worth $13.3 million dollars – a pretty solid deal for the Braves given Heyward’s ability and numbers.

It’s a bit odd to see the Braves actually negotiate with a player who had planned to attend arbitration given their history of not doing so, but Heyward seemed to be an exception to the rule – especially given his contractual situation.

The 24-year-old will enter free agency at the end of his contract, this assuming the two sides don’t extend the deal down the road.

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