WTVY  | Dothan, AL  | News, Weather, Sports

Braves Ink Closer

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have avoided arbitration with
closer Mike Gonzalez by agreein to a $3.45 million, one-year
contract.

Gonzalez was successful in 14 of 16 save chances last year after
returning June 18 from elbow ligament-replacement surgery. He was
0-3 with a 4.28 ERA.

The 30-year-old, who made $2,362,500, converted 39 consecutive
saves before the streak ended Sept. 9.

Atlanta also announced its one-year agreement with outfielder
Matt Diaz. That deal, agreed to last week, is worth $1,237,500.

Three other Braves remain in arbitration: right fielder Jeff
Francoeur, second baseman Kelly Johnson and first baseman Casey
Kotchman.


WTVY-TV 285 N Foster Street Dothan, AL 36303 334-792-3195
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 37843849 - wtvy.com/a?a=37843849