The biggest name on the Braves arbitration list signed nearly two weeks ago, but just because they locked up Dan Uggla didn't let the Braves out of the woods. They had a quartet of players remaining who were eligible, and they nailed down deals with all of them today as the 1 pm eastern time deadline approached.
First on their list was starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens. Ken Rosenthal tweeted that he signed with the club for $3.25 million. Jurrjens battled injuries but made 20 starts for the Braves. His 4.64 ERA was the highest since he broke in with the Tigers in 2007. But Jurrjens represents established production levels and youth. At 25 (as of January 29th) he already has 92 starts and a career ERA of 3.52. His strikeout numbers are nothing to write home about, which may indicate his success could vanish quickly.
Martin Prado finally settled into a position after being a super-utility player over 2008-09. He made the NL All-Star team as a second baseman, but shifted back to third base when Chipper Jones went down for the season with a torn ACL. Prado finished the year with a batting line of .307/.350/.459 in 651 plate appearances. Ken Rosenthal further demonstrating his near-omniscience of baseball contracts tweeted the details of the deal. He made $440,000 in 2010 and gets a 604.6% raise to $3.1 million for next season.
Also coming to terms was Peter Moylan, who, per Dave O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will get $2 million in 2011. Moylan has been a steady hand in the Braves bullpen. In the last two seasons, he's averaged 86 appearances with an ERA of 2.90. His peripherals are somewhat middling, which worries one little with lefties. Moylan is a right handed pitcher.
Unlike Moylan, Eric O'Flaherty is a lefty reliever. His peripherals were solidly above average and not surprisingly, so were his results. He worked in 56 games for a total of 44 innings, putting up an ERA of 2.45. For that, he more than doubled his 2010 salary of $440,000 to $895,00. The AJC's Dave O'Brien had the contract details on O'Flaherty's deal as well.
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