Braves avoid arbitration with Bourn, Jurrjens and O'Flaherty

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The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with outfielder Michael Bourn for $6.845 million, starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for $5.5 million and reliever Eric O’Flaherty for $2.49 million.

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The agreements were reached just before teams and players exchanged figures for arbitration hearings.

Bourn, who got a raise from $4.4 million, was acquired from Houston in July just ahead of the trade deadline. He led the NL in stolen bases for the third consecutive year with 61 and provided the Braves with a much-needed leadoff hitter. Barring a long-term deal, he can become a free agent after the 2012 season.

Jurrjens, who made $3.25 million last season, was selected for his first All-Star game and went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. But he barely pitched in the second half because of a knee injury that required surgery, and he’s been mentioned frequently in trade talks with the Braves having a surplus of top pitching prospects.

O’Flaherty received a significant raise from his $895,000 salary after the best year of his career, a dominating 0.98 ERA in 78 appearances.

TIGERS: Slugger Victor Martinez could miss the entire 2012 season after injuring his left knee during off-season conditioning.

The Tigers said the 33-year-old Martinez tore his left ACL last week. An MRI on Monday in Lakeland, Fla., revealed the injury. The slugging designated hitter will be evaluated again next week, but the team fully expects Martinez to need surgery.

RED SOX: Outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist and could miss Opening Day.

General manager Ben Cherington said that Crawford is expected to resume hitting at some point in spring training and be ready early in the season.

• The team also agreed to terms with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract worth $8.05 million.

PHILLIES: Left-hander Cole Hamels and Philadelphia agreed on a $15 million, one-year contract.

DODGERS: Outfielder Andre Ethier agreed to a $10.95 million, one-year contact.

BREWERS: Infielder Craig Counsell, who won World Series titles with Florida in 2007 and Arizona in ’01, has decided to retire and join Milwaukee’s front office.

ASTROS: Starting pitcher J.A. Happ agreed to a one-year contract worth $2.35 million.

YANKEES: Relievers Joba Chamberlain ($1.675 million) and David Robertson ($1.6 million) agreed to one-year contracts.

GIANTS: Outfielder Melky Cabrera and San Francisco agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract.

METS: New York agreed to one-year contracts with pitchers Mike Pelfrey, Ramon Ramirez and Manny Acosta, and outfielder Andres Torres.

ROYALS: Kansas City agreed to one-year contracts with pitchers Jonathan Sanchez, a former Augusta GreenJacket, Luke Hochevar and Felipe Paulino along with reserve outfielder Mitch Maier, leaving outfielder Alex Gordon as the only remaining player in arbitration.


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