Braves sign Casey Kotchman to contract extension

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Feb. 2, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- Casey Kotchman and the Atlanta Braves have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,885,000.

Kotchman could earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses under the deal agreed to last week and announced Monday. He hit a combined .272 with 14 homers and 74 RBIs last season for the Braves and the Los Angeles Angels.

The first baseman, who turns 26 on Feb. 22, hit only .149 with no homers in his first 22 games after he was acquired by the Braves on July 29 in the trade that sent Mark Teixeira to the Angels.

Kotchman hit .305 with two homers and 15 RBIs in September. He has a .997 career fielding percentage with just eight errors in 357 games.

Atlanta remains in arbitration with second baseman Kelly Johnson and right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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