Ryan Zimmerman is all alone now as Jeff Francoeur has reached a settlement with the Atlanta Braves.
Francoeur was set to fly to Phoenix this AM for his salary arbitration hearing, but instead reached a late night 1-year, $3.375 million agreement with the Braves Weds. night, thus avoiding salary arbitration.
Francoeur had been seeking $3.95 million while the Braves were offering $2.8 million, a difference of $1.15 million. His $3.375 million salary for 2009 is the mid-point between requesting and offering figures. He will also receive a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 685 plate appearances this year.
In his first year of salary arbitration eligibility, Francoeur will see a considerable pay increase. His $3.375 million salary for 2009 is a 634 percent increase from his 2008 salary of $460,000.
With Francoeur reaching settlement with the Braves, the lone remaining salary arbitration eligible player is third baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals. Zimmerman is seeking $3.9 million while the Nationals are offering $2.75 million, a difference of $1.15 million. The mid-point between the two figures is $3.325 million.
The Nationals have reached agreements with SP Scott Olsen (1-year, $2.8 million) and outfielder Josh Willingham (1-year, $2.95 million) while SP Shawn Hill won his salary arbitration hearing and was therefore awarded $775,000 over the Nationals offering figure of $500,000.
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