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12 March 2009: Atlanta Braves' outfielder Jason Heyward watches his solo blast clear the fences during a Spring Training game against the Washington Nationals at Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida. The Braves defeated the Nationals 6-2 in the Grapefruit League matchup. ***** Editorial Sales Only ***** Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with five players Friday, including outfielder Jason Heyward, starting pitcher Kris Medlen and reliever Eric O'Flaherty. Heyward agreed to a one-year deal worth 3.65 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility, a big increase from the 565,000 he made last season while batting .269 with 27 homers, 82 RBIs and 21 stolen bases. Medlen, also up for arbitration for the first time, settled for one year at 2.6 million after earning 490,000 last season. He became the team's most dominant starter over the second half, finishing 10-1 with a 1.57 ERA. The right-hander also started the wild-card playoff for the Braves, pitching well in a season-ending loss to the Cardinals. O'Flaherty, the main setup reliever for closer Craig Kimbrel, received a 4.32 million deal. The lefty made 2.49 million last season, going 3-0 with a 1.73 ERA. Also agreeing to one-year deals were relievers Jonny Venters (1.625 million) and Cristhian Martinez (74...
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