The Atlanta Braves have made avoiding arbitration into an art-form. This year was no different. Jason Heyward, Eric O’Flaherty, Kris Medlen, Jonny Venters and Cristhian Martinez all signed one year deals with the Braves Friday. This move will help them avoid almost all of their arbitration eligible players going through the hearing process. The only one they couldn’t agree to at least a one year deal with was Martin Prado.
So what? Big deal? Well it actually could be a negative thing when looking at the potential for Martin Prado. It’s not like he was offered several million less than he was looking for. We’re talking about around four to five hundred thousand. That’s a ton of money to me but stacked up against seven million, it’s not a big deal. However, Prado still turned it down. He’ll either get the few more from the Braves that he wants or go through the hearing.
That isn’t the problem. Where the problem could lie is in Prado’s 2014 offseason. He will be a free agent after the season. A man with his talent level at so many different positions could bring a good payday on the free agent market. That is good news for Prado but not so great for Braves fans. Here’s hoping they can come to an agreement now as a good omen for being able to re-sign Prado next year.
I hate to say it but the move makes Prado look a bit stubborn. Hopefully it’s not a sign that he is going to be looking for the big pay day next year. If he does then his days in Atlanta are numbered, and that would stink. Maybe I’m over-speculating though. We will see I guess.