Today, teams and players had a deadline of 1:00pm to decide on a deal to avoid arbitration or to exchange figures to go to an arbitration hearing. However, teams can still negotiate with players up until the day of the hearing, today's deadline simply is a deadline before figures must be exchanged.
Chris Johnson and the Braves have also agreed on $4.75 million deal to avoid arbitration, according to DOB's twitter account.
Jordan Schafer and the Braves agreed on a $1.09 million deal.
Mike Minor avoided arbitration, signing a one year $3.85 million deal.
In a rare occurrence for the Braves, Jason Heyward, Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman will all head to arbitration. This is the first time the Braves will head to arbitration in the past 12 years. Kimbrel doesn't come as much of a surprise considering we've never seen anything like him, so the likelihood of the two sides agreeing were more difficult than for most players.
The #Braves have offered Kimbrel $6.55M and he has requested $9M. Midpoint of $7.75M.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 17, 2014
As a reminder, the arbitrator doesn't pick his own number, he must pick either the player or the teams number in the hearings. So Kimbrel will either make $6.55M or $9M.
Wren: ""At the end of the day, we went well above the recommended salary arbitration numbers for all of our players." #Braves— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 17, 2014
Wren plans to go to a hearing w/ Kimbrel, Freeman and Heyward: ". "It’s not personal. It’s about the numbers." #Braves— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 17, 2014
The #Braves are offering Freeman $4.5M and he has requested $5.75M. Heyward is being offered $5.2M and requesting $5.5M.— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) January 17, 2014
Freeman was projected by MLBTR to make $4.9M in arbitration while Heyward was projected $4.5M. I thought the projection on Heyward was a bit low, so something around those figures seems more appropriate.