Kelly Johnson and the Braves avoided arbitration this morning by coming to an agreement on a one-year, $2.825 million contract. The amount does not include some other performance bonuses that were not disclosed as a part of the contract agreement. KJ had originally requested $3.3 million and the Braves returned with a $2.35 million figure. The final contract is a the halfway point between the two.
I’m looking for good numbers out of Kelly this season. He’s coming off of a career-high season last year, so hopefully he can maintain a similar pace once the season gets underway. I’d be happy if he maintained last year’s production in most categories.
This leaves Jeff Francoeur as the only unsigned player heading towards arbitration. Jeff’s figure of $3.95 million was a bit greater than the $2.8 million put out there by the Braves and there has been little progress in coming to an agreement. Francoeur’s arbitration hearing is set for this Friday and it’s not likely a contract will be decided before then. It’s a shame that it’s going to get to that point, but let’s hope that things don’t get too ugly. Coming off of the rough season Francoeur had last year, it’s the last thing the team really needs at this point.
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