The odds that Jeff Francoeur and the Braves agree on a long-term deal "appear to be getting dimmer" says Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Instead, Francoeur seems to favor year-to-year deals followed by arbitration. Carroll adds,
"Players who are renewed might make $10,000 or so less than they would have had they reached a deal, but sometimes they do it to make a point in negotiations. Wren said another renewal wouldn’t negatively affect any future dealings with Francoeur."
This is standard procedure. Francoeur made $427,500 in 2007 and is eligible for a contract renewal any day now.
By Nat Boyle