January 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm by Andrew Sisson under Atlanta Braves
The Braves were able to avoid arbitration with five of their six remaining arbitration eligible players. Coming into the off-season, the Braves had 10 players eligible. Since then, Jair Jurrjens and Peter Moylan have been non-tendered, Tommy Hanson has been traded and Paul Janish was signed to a deal earlier in the off-season.
All of the remaining players were signed Friday aside from Martin Prado. Here is the breakdown compared to the MLB Trade Rumors projected salaries.
Overall, the total package was a bit more than MLBTR had projected, fairly close though. Martinez number hasn’t been released yet, but it shouldn’t be too far off. I’ll update when figures are released.
According to Mark Bowman, Prado filed for $7.05M while the Braves offered $6.65M (average in table). All things considered, a 400K difference isn’t a wide gap (Chase Headley and Padres separated by more than $3M) and is actually a decent amount lower than projected. The Braves openly announce they have a “file and trial” policy, but it’s odd the Braves wouldn’t be willing to fork over an extra 400K. As always, it’s hard to know what goes on behind the scenes.
As for his future, at this point, a long-term deal seems unlikely. Prado will likely head into free agency after season’s end. You can understand where Prado is coming from, it seems he wants to stick and stay at one position. If the Braves cannot guarantee him that at the right price, he has surely earned the right to test the free agent waters. Like I said, we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes with Wren, Prado, and his agent, but things do appear tense. Maybe it is a carry over from the strong pursuit last off-season to trade him? Or maybe it is just business as usual. Lots of explanations and theories have already been thrown around Twitter, so feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section for discussion.