Francoeur signs new contract

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- Outfielder Jeff Francoeur has agreed to a
$3.375 million, one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, avoiding
an arbitration hearing.
The two sides reached agreement shortly before midnight
Wednesday at the midway point between their two offers, just hours
before they were scheduled to fly to Arizona for a Friday hearing.
Francoeur also would receive a $25,000 bonus if he reaches 685
plate appearances.
The 25-year-old is hoping to bounce back from a dismal season in
which he batted .239 with 11 homers and 71 RBIs. He was even sent
briefly to the minors in hopes to working through his problems.

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