The Braves are next in our arbitration eligibles series.
- First time: None
- Second time: Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, Eric O'Flaherty
- Third time: Michael Bourn, Peter Moylan
Moylan had back surgery in May and returned in September, he'll have a low innings total for 2011. That should hold his salary at $2MM, and I think the Braves will retain him assuming they consider him healthy.
We've got Bourn down for a raise of nearly $3MM, up to $7.2MM. Jurrjens projects for a fairly modest raise to $5.1MM. He's tallied fewer than 300 innings over the last two seasons, and that hurts his arbitration earnings. Prado is looking at about $4.4MM and O'Flaherty could get $2.4MM.
Our total for the Braves' five arbitration eligible players is $21.1MM. Assuming Eric Hinske's option is picked up, the Braves would have about $88MM in commitments before accounting for minimum salary players. That's only about $3MM below this year's Opening Day payroll of $91MM, though they have exceeded $100MM twice in the last decade.
Matt Swartz contributed to this post.