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Atlanta Braves Payroll In 2013 And Contracts Going Forward

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Tuesday, July.23, 2013

Craig Kimbrel is one of the best young closers in baseball. He has saved 27 games this season for the Braves and with only three blown saves. The hard-throwing righty has a 1.49 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 13 walks in 36.1 innings pitched. He has a WHIP of 0.99 and 14.1 SO/9. The opposition is just hitting .181 against him, and he is holding right-handed batters to a .140 average. He is holding opposing teams an average of just .129 when runners are in scoring position. They  fare a little better with runners on and two outs with a .176 average.

Craig Kimbrel is one of the best young closers in baseball. He has saved 27 games this season for the Braves and with only three blown saves. The hard-throwing righty has a 1.49 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 13 walks in 36.1 innings pitched. He has a WHIP of 0.99 and 14.1 SO/9. The opposition is just hitting .181 against him, and he is holding right-handed batters to a .140 average. He is holding opposing teams an average of just .129 when runners are in scoring position. They fare a little better with runners on and two outs with a .176 average.

By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner)

The Atlanta Braves have a comfortable lead in the National League East division with them ahead 6 ½ games on the Philadelphia Phillies. This division is having a down year, with no team a legitimate threat to catch Atlanta.

The Braves have a high-powered offense that only a few teams in baseball can match. They have the 3rd best offense in the NL with them scoring 425 runs this season.  Atlanta has a play style that is more suited to the American League than the NL.

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The Braves acquired a very talented outfielder in  Justin Upton just before the 2013 season. He started off the season, but has cooled off recently. He has a .258/.354/.812 triple-slash with 16 HRs and 46 RBIs in 341 at-bats. The one area of concern for him is that he has struck out 102 times already this season.

The Braves acquired a very talented outfielder in Justin Upton just before the 2013 season. He started off the season great, but has cooled off recently. He has a .258/.354/.812 triple-slash with 16 HRs and 46 RBIs in 341 at-bats. The one area of concern for him is that he has struck out 102 times already this season.

They strikeout plenty, as they lead the NL in strikeouts on offense with 847 whiffs. The Braves have also hit the most HRs this season by leading the Senior Circuit with 118.

The team does not like to move runners over either, and they rely on having a big inning to finish off their opponents.Atlanta also has a very good farm system with plenty of home grown talent making contributions for the team this season.

Atlanta Braves Payroll 2013 in Millions Signed Players:

Dan Uggla 2B: (13.0) (Signed through 2015 and will be a Free Agent in 2016.) He is one of their best power hitters on the team.

B.J. Upton CF: (12.4) (Signed a five-year extension with the club worth $75 Million, which will keep him part of the Braves until 2017.)

Brian McCann C: (12.0) (Signed through 2013 and will be a Free Agent in 2014.)

Justin Upton RF: (9.7) (Signed through 2015 and will be a Free Agent in 2016.)

Tim Hudson SP: (9.0) (Signed through 2013 and will be a Free Agent in 2014.)

Paul Maholm SP: (6.5) (Signed through 2013 and will be a Free Agent in 2014.)

Eric O’Flaherty RP: (4.3) (Signed through 2013 and will be a Free Agent in 2014.)

Jason Heyward OF: (3.6) Has another two years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2016.

Kris Medlen SP: (2.6) Has another two years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2016.

Chris Johnson 3B: (2.2) Has another three years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Reed Johnson OF: (1.7) (Signed through 2013 and there is a $1.6 Million club option for 2014, with a $0.15 Million buyout)

Jonny Venters RP: (1.6) Has another two years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2016.

Gerald Laird C: (1.5) (Signed through 2014 and there are performance bonuses of $50,000 for each 80, 90, 100, 110, 120 starts in 2013. He can make $0.1 Million each for 80, 90, 100, 110, and 120 starts in 2014.)

Luis Ayala RP: (1.0) (Signed through 2013 and will be a Free Agent in 2014.)

Cristhian Martinez RP: (750 K) Has three more years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Paul Janish SS-2B: (725 K) Has two more years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2016.

Craig Kimbrel RP: (655 K) Has three years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Freddie Freeman 1B: (560 K) Has three years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Ramiro Pena SS: (550 K) Has three years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Jordan Walden RP: (542 K) Has three years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Jordan Schafer OF: (512 K) Has three years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Brandon Beachy SP: (510 K) Has three years of Arbitration and will be a Free Agent in 2017.

Pre-Arbitration Eligible Contracts:

Mike Minor SP: (505 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2018.

Andrelton Simmons SS: (491 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

Cory Gearrin RP: (491 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

Luis Avilan RP: (491 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

Anthony Varvaro RP: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

Julio Teheran SP: (490K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

Evan Gattis C: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

Blake DeWitt 2B: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

David Carpenter RP: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019

Tyler Pastornicky SS: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019

Jose Constanza OF: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019

Cory Rasmus RP: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019

Joey Terdoslavich OF: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019

Alex Wood RP: (490 K) Arbitration Eligible in 2016, Free Agent in 2019.

The total for all these salaries brings the total payroll to $90.1 Million.

Thoughts Going Forward:

The Braves are in a division that will only improve in the next couple of years, and they have a core group of young players that gives the team a chance to remain competitive.

Atlanta has a great opportunity of making the playoffs this season with the team they have, and they could make a deep run in the postseason.

Mike Minor is one of the impressive young arms that Atlanta has in their starting rotation. He is already the best starter on the club this season with his nine wins and a 2.98 ERA in 20 starts this season. He has thrown 130 innings for Atlanta, while striking out 123 batters and just walking 28. The left-hander is holding the opposition to a .229 average, and lefties are only managing a .207 average against him. Minor is just as tough with runner in scoring position, as teams just .245 in that situation this season.

Mike Minor is one of the impressive young arms that Atlanta has in their starting rotation. He is already the best starter on the club this season with his nine wins and a 2.98 ERA in 20 starts this season. He has thrown 130 innings for Atlanta, while striking out 123 batters and just walking 28. The left-hander is holding the opposition to a .229 average, and lefties are only managing a .207 average against him. Minor is just as tough with runner in scoring position, as teams just .245 in that situation this season.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ”Lead Baseball Columnist and Minority Website Owner” Chris Lacey. Chris has been a fan of watching baseball since the age of 13. Now he does like all sports – but his favorites after baseball are hockey and basketball. 

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