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Braves sign Jason Heyward to two-year, $13.3-million contract

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Smile, Jason Heyward: You just got paid. (USATSI)
Smile, Jason Heyward: You just got paid. (USATSI)

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The Braves have signed arbitration-eligible outfielder Jason Heyward to a two-year, $13.3-million contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The move marks a departure of sorts for the Braves and GM Frank Wren, who typically go to arbitration with any player who doesn't come to terms before the filing date.

As for Heyward, the 24-year-old is coming off a 2013 season in which he batted .254/.349/.427 (111 OPS+) with 14 homers and 22 doubles in 104 games (he missed significant time with a broken jaw, the result of his being struck in the face by a pitch). For his career, Heyward owns an OPS+ of 115 across parts of four major-league seasons. In addition to upside at the plate, Heyward also boasts a plus glove in the outfield and some speed on the bases.

Heyward is slated to be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, when this new contract will expire.

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