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.