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Braves reach deals with 5 players

Updated: January 18, 2013, 8:07 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with five players Friday, including outfielder Jason Heyward, starting pitcher Kris Medlen and reliever Eric O'Flaherty.

Heyward agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.65 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility, a big increase from the $565,000 he made last season while batting .269 with 27 homers, 82 RBIs and 21 stolen bases.

Medlen, also up for arbitration for the first time, settled for one year at $2.6 million after earning ...

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