CHOP SHOP: Braves bring back the gang for 2012

The Atlanta Braves made several moves last week, locking in all of their arbitration-eligible players for another crack at the playoffs. After agreeing to terms with Martin Prado and Jack Wilson on one-year deals, the team inked Eric O’Flaherty, Jair Jurrjens and Michael Bourn. The team also signed reliever Peter Moylan to a one-year, incentive-laden deal to avoid arbitration. Bourn, who will likely command big dollars following the 2012 season, was signed to a reported $6.845M deal.

The Braves acquired Bourn before the 2011 trading deadline for a handful of minor league pitchers and Jordan Schafer. He will hit leadoff and could provide Atlanta with speed on the base paths as well as a strong outfield glove. Bourn stole 22 bases in 29 chances with Atlanta last year and finished with 61, tops in the National League.

Jurrjens, meanwhile, will make $5.5M this year with another $150,000 available in incentives. Jurrjens began last year 12-3 but finished just 13-6 while missing most of August and September.


O’Flaherty and Moylan will both be back, which should help bridge the gap between the starters and closer Craig Kimbrel. O’Flaherty received a healthy raise to $2.49M this year, and the Braves control him for one more arbitration-eligible season in 2013. Moylan, meanwhile, was not tendered a contract immediately following the season but instead signed to a minor league deal. Moylan is recovering from arthroscopic surgery in September and hopes to be ready by spring training. His deal is worth $1M on a prorated basis for time in the majors, plus incentives.


Wilson appeared in 17 games with Atlanta, contributing just nine hits in 41 at-bats. He was acquired from Seattle, whom he had played for since 2009. Wilson hit .243 while making 61 starts one year ago. Former Brave Mark DeRosa agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals several weeks ago, eliminating a potential return for the once-popular Braves utility man. Also, the Baltimore Orioles signed Wilson Betemit to a two-year/$3.25M deal, though that contract was signed after Wilson re-upped with Atlanta. Betemit hit .285 with eight home runs and 46 RBIs in 97 games between Kansas City and Detroit last year. He is a career .269 hitter.

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