Jason Heyward, Braves agree to two-year deal

By Michelle Kapusta,

Jason Heyward and the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement to keep the outfielder on the team through 2015.

According to CBS Sports, the two sides agreed to terms on Tuesday to a contract worth $13.3-million. By signing the 24-year-old to a new deal the Braves avoided arbitration.

The Associated Press reports that general manager Frank Wren said that Heyward’s injury-plagued 2013 season complicated the arbitration process and helped make the contract possible.

"Jason is an important part of our organization and we're glad that we were able to agree on a multiyear contract," the GM said.

The rightfielder was drafted by the team in 2007 and has started in the outfield since 2010. His career batting average is .259, with 73 HRs and 234 RBIs.

The Braves next have to concern themselves with the arbitration process of pitcher Craig Kimbrel and first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Atlanta won a weak N.L. East division last year, but was bounced out of the postseason by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS.



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