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Jorge Sosa avoids arbitration, re-signs with Braves

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SPJohn Smoltz8,000,000
SPJohn Thomson4,750,000
SPTim Hudson4,000,000
SPHoracio Ramirez2,200,000
SPJorge Sosa2,200,000
RPChris Reitsma2,750,000
RPOscar Villarreal462,500
RP?327,000
RP?327,000
RP?327,000
RP?327,000
RP?327,000
CBrian McCann327,000
CTodd Pratt850,000
1BAdam LaRoche500,000
2BMarcus Giles3,850,000
3BChipper Jones  11,000,000
SSEdgar Renteria6,000,000
IFWilson Betemit327,000
IFPete Orr327,000
OFAndruw Jones13,000,000
OFJeff Francouer327,000
OFKelly Johnson327,000
OFRyan Langerhans327,000
(?)  ?327,000

The Braves and pitcher Jorge Sosa avoided arbitration and agreed to a $2.2M, one-year contract Saturday, which will increase to $2.25M if Sosa pitches 205 innings (he pitched 134 last year). Sosa was the last of the Braves' arbitration-eligible players, none of whom actually relied on an impartial arbitrator to settle their 2006 salaries.

This brings the Braves 2006 payroll, counting Hampton's and Renteria's salaries only partially (the portions paid by the Braves), to right at $66M. (Friends from alt.sports.baseball.atlanta-braves estimate that the Braves will only pay about $3M of Hampton's contract; insurance will cover the rest.) A more accurate number will be available when the final numbers for all 26 roster spots, including Hampton's on the DL, are known. For now, the estimated actual payroll is about $66M, while the official payroll for luxury tax purposes is right at $80M. The bullpen If the question marks confuse you, they should. At this point, there are at least five unfilled bullpen spots, and a sixth if Bobby Cox chooses to go with 13 pitchers for a couple of weeks as he has in recent years (but I suspect a backup first-baseman could make the roster instead). Relievers vying for those 5-6 bullpen spots include: Jose Ascanio, Brad Baker, Jeff Bennett, Blaine Boyer, Lance Cormier, Kyle Davies, Joey Devine, John Foster, Chuck James, Anthony Lerew, and Macay McBride. The three names I've emphasized in bold type are those who I believe are most likely to be in the majors on opening day. The Bench Betemit's and Orr's roster spots are not guaranteed, and perhaps Johnson's isn't either. Other players on the Braves' 40-man roster vying for a shot at the majors include: catcher Brayan Peña (not likely); infielders Luis Hernandez, James Jurries, Tony Peña, Martin Prado, and Scott Thorman; and outfielders Josh Burrus and Matt Diaz. Plus, there are 14 non-roster players who also will be competing for roster spots.
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