Braves avoid arbitration with Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman

Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman
The Atlanta Braves are not known for arbitration hearings but had three scheduled this year. That number may be down to one as Jason Heyward and Freedie Freeman have both reached new deals with the team.

Heyward and the Braves reached two-year contract worth $13.3 million. When arbitration figures were exchanged last month Heyward asked for $5.5 million while the Braves countered with $5.2. At the conclusion of his new deal Heyward will hit free agency.

Heyward finished the 2013 season hitting .254/.349/.427 with 14 home runs and 67 runs scored in 104 games.

The Braves also reached a new deal with first baseman Freddie Freeman. His new deal could be worth as much as $125 million over eight years according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports.

Freeman asked for $5.75 million but the Braves offered $4.5 million. Freeman hit .319/.396/.501 with 24 home runs and 109 RBI in 2013 for the Braves while earning his first All-Star selection.

The Braves could head to arbitration only with closer Craig Kimbrel.

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