The Braves have settled on their second one-year contract of the day to avoid arbitration. This time it’s with starting pitcher Kris Medlen. The two sides have reportedly reached a 1-year/$5.8MM deal.
Kris Medlen avoids arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8M deal with the #Braves
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 17, 2014
Medlen was really good last year in his first major league season as a full time starting pitcher. Overall, he went 15-12 with a 3.11 ERA in just under 200 innings pitched. With this deal, Medlen more than doubled his salary of last season, but let’s be honest, getting a starter of Medlen’s quality for less than $6MM a season is a steal. I had projected he would get around the $6MM mark and I am pleasantly surprised that he came in under that number.
The Braves still have Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Mike Minor and Craig Kimbrel (with the recently-announced Chris Johnson deal) left to get deals done with today to avoid their cases going to arbitration. Stay with us to be updated as soon as the news comes out.