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Braves avoid arbitration with Dan Winkler, sign him for $1.6M

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Winkler broke out in a big way in 2018 after battling injuries early in his career.

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The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with right-handed reliever Dan Winkler on Friday as they agreed to a $1.61 million deal for 2019.

Winkler, who will be 29 next season, enjoyed a breakout season in 2018 as he battled back from a handful of injuries. The hard-throwing righty tossed 60.1 innings across 69 appearances, posting a strong 3.43 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 10.29 K/9 and 2.98 BB/9 while primarily working in the 7th and 8th innings. The heavy workload eventually took its toll on Winkler as his numbers fell off a bit down the stretch, although that was to be somewhat expected as it was his first full season in the majors.

MLBTR projected Winkler to get $1.6 million next season, so it seems to be a fair deal for both sides.

Winkler is projected to once again serve as a late-inning option for the Braves in 2019 assuming his health cooperates.

The Braves also reached agreements with Mike Foltynewicz ($5.5M), Arodys Vizcaino ($4.8M) Adam Duvall ($2.9M) and Charlie Culberson ($1.4M) on Friday.