Braves Avoid Arbitration With Melky Cabrera

The Braves avoided arbitration with outfielder Melky Cabrera by signing him to a $3.1MM deal for 2010, reports ESPN's Enrique Rojas.  Cabrera earned $1.4MM in '09, his first arbitration year.  He proceeded to hit .274/.336/.416 for the Yankees and was traded to the Braves this winter in the Javier Vazquez deal.  Cot's Baseball Contracts notes that the Yankees paid $500K toward Cabrera's 2010 salary.

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