Braves will have arbitration hearings with Freeman, Kimbrel and Heyward

Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman

The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with Mike Minor on Friday agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.85 million.

After a strong 2013 season which saw Minor compile a 3.21 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 204 2/3 innings the Braves are again hoping to lean on the 26-year-old left hander.

The Braves also avoided arbitration with Kris Medlen ($5.8 million) and Jordan Schafer. ($1.09 million)

Of course not all of the Braves avoided arbitration. General manger Frank Wren said on Friday that the club will go to arbitration hearings in February with three major parts of their club. Freddie Freeman, Jason Heyward and Craig Kimbrel will all go to arbitration hearings.

Freeman and Kimbrel both earned All-Star selections in 2013 and much like Minor are expected to be a big part of the Braves goal of winning the NL East again.

“We have an organization philosophy of the filing date is our last date to negotiate prior to a hearing. We’re done.” said Wren to reporters about the decision.

This will mark the first time that the Braves go to arbitration since John Rocker in 2001.

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