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Atlanta Braves, Freddie Freeman agree on $135-million deal

First baseman's eight-year deal comes after Braves lock up Jason Heyward with a $13.3-million, two-year contract.

February 04, 2014|Wire reports
  • First baseman Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves have agreed on an eight-year contract worth $135 million on Tuesday.
First baseman Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves have agreed on an eight-year… (Harry How / Getty Images )

The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday agreed to an eight-year contract with first baseman Freddie Freeman that is worth about $135 million.

The deal was confirmed by the team on Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, outfielder Jason Heyward and the Braves agreed to a $13.3-million, two-year contract. Heyward and Freeman had filed for salary arbitration last month.

The 24-year-old Freeman was an All-Star last year when he batted .319 with 23 home runs and 109 runs batted in. He matched his career high in home runs, set highs in batting average and RBIs, and finished fifth in National League most-valuable-player voting. He has topped 20 home runs in three straight seasons.

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Closer Craig Kimbrel is the Braves' only player left in arbitration.

Logan Morrison and the Seattle Mariners have reached agreement on a $1.75-million contract for the 2014 season and avoided arbitration.

This season will be Morrison's first with the Mariners after being acquired in a trade with Miami during the off-season.

Morrison's deal also includes up to $375,000 in performance bonuses based on plate appearances. Morrison had requested $2.5 million and was offered $1.1 million.

Morrison has not been able to match the power he showed during the 2011 season when he hit 23 home runs with 72 RBIs. Morrison had right knee surgery in September 2012 and missed the first two months of the 2013 season.

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