Braves Give OF Jason Heyward Two-Year Contract


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Tony Firriolo/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ATLANTA) — The Atlanta Braves and outfielder Jason Heyward avoided salary arbitration on Tuesday, when the former All-Star agreed to a two-year contract. The deal is worth $13.3 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Atlanta originally drafted Heyward with the 14th overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft. In four seasons with the Braves, he has batted .259 with 73 home runs and 234 RBIs. The 24-year-old also has scored 293 runs and accumulated 43 stolen bases in 532 games.

Heyward had an injury-plagued season in 2013. He needed to have surgery for an appendectomy in late April, and he broke his jaw when he was hit by a pitch from New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese on Aug. 21.

The Braves also avoided salary arbitration with first baseman Freddie Freeman on Tuesday, by agreeing to a new deal. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed.

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