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Braves Avoid Arbitration with Teixeira and Others

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The Braves now have only two remaining arbitration eligible players who have not been resigned: Soriano and Diaz.  Meanwhile, Teixeira, Infante, Gonzalez and Yates have all been resigned as of yesterday. While most of us in Braves Nation were hoping for a long-term contract for Teixeira, that's not what we got...at least not yet.  Instead, the Braves signed him to a 1-year $12.5 million contract for the 2008 season.  It's unknown whether the Braves will negotiate with him and his agent, Scott Boras (see here for an archived post with my thoughts on him), during the 2008 season for a long-term deal.  Of course, the obvious forecast given the "Boras factor" is that he'll demand a HUGE contract and threaten to test out the free agent market next fall if his demands aren't met.  That being said, I think Teixeira likes it here and that he has a mind of his own.  He'll obviously garner a sizeable contract no matter where he ends up in 2009 and beyond, but the question remains whether the Braves and their new owner will pony up the dough.  Recent moves (or lack thereof) make me optimistic that we have the cash to make this deal happen.  It'll just involve some jockeying with Boras along the way.  I think his ability to deal with Boras will say a lot about Frank Wren's abilities as Braves GM. Other avoiding arbitration were Omar Infante, who the Braves acquired from the Cubs in December.  He will make $1.4 million in 2008.  Unfortunately, he'll miss Spring Training due to the hand he broke recently in during winter ball. Mike Gonzalez will return in 2008 making $2.36 million.  He's scheduled to return from Tommy John surgery in June. Tyler Yates will see $800,000 in 2008, and hopefully we'll see a more consistent and effective reliever.

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