Braves avoid arbitration with Teixeira, Gonzalez, Yates, Infante

By: associated press
By: associated press

ATLANTA (AP) -- First baseman Mark Teixeira agreed to a 12.5 million dollar, one-year contract with the Braves today -- one of four Atlanta players coming to terms rather than going through arbitration.

Teixeira, who added power to the Braves lineup after being acquired from Texas just before the trade deadline, received a big raise over the nine million he made last season.

He batted .317 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs with Atlanta. Overall, Teixeira had 30 homers, 105 RBIs and hit .306.

The more difficult negotiations with the slugger will come after this season, when Teixeira is eligible for free agency.

The Braves also agreed to one-year deals with pitchers Mike Gonzalez and Tyler Yates and infielder Omar Infante.

Gonzalez reached a deal for $2,362,500, basically the same salary he played for last season ($2.35 million). The left-hander pitched only 18 games in 2007, going 2-0 with two saves and a 1.59 ERA, before season-ending elbow surgery. He isn't expected to return until around the All-Star break.

Infante, acquired from the Chicago Cubs during the winter meetings to bolster Atlanta's infield depth, will play for $1.4 million this season, a raise of $100,000.

Yates got $800,000 after making $412,500 last season for the Braves. He was 2-3 with a 5.18 ERA and two saves.

The signings left two players still facing arbitration hearings: closer Rafael Soriano and outfielder Matt Diaz.

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