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Braves avoid arbitration with five, Prado still unsigned

The Braves entered Friday morning with six arbitration eligible players, and the team has come to terms on one-year deals for five of those six players.

Kevin C. Cox

Eric O' Flaherty, Jonny Venters, Jason Heyward, Kris Medlen, and Cristhian Martinez are the five that agreed to terms on one-year deals with the Braves, avoiding an arbitration hearing.

Third baseman/left fielder Martin Prado is the only Braves player that remains unsigned. According to a tweet from CBS Sport's Jon Heyman, the Braves filed at $6.65M, while Prado filed at $7.05M.

If the team and Prado cannot agree on a number in what is his final arbitration year, there will be a hearing in February to determine his salary for the 2013 season.

Atlanta has not had to go to an arbitration hearing with a player since it did with John Rocker in 2001.

In his final year of arbitration, O'Flaherty will earn $4.32 M, which includes award bonuses. The left-handed, who will be a free agent after this year, is coming off of a productive 2012 in which he posted a 1.73 ERA, 3.27 FIP, and held left-handed hitters to a .305 OPS.

Venters, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time this year, will earn $1.625M in 2013.

Also a first time arbitration eligible player, Heyward will make $3.65M in 2013 after a 2012 season that saw the 23-year old win a Gold Glove for his defense in right field while also putting together a 20-20 season at the plate. His deal also includes awards bonuses.

Medlen's breakout 2012 season earned him $2.6 M for 2013 in what was his first arbitration year as well. The right-hander posted a 1.57 ERA, 2.42 FIP, and was worth almost four wins above replacement according to Fangraphs.

The terms of Martinez's deal aren't available at this point.

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