Braves renew contracts of Escobar and Hanson

After proving unsuccessful in their attempts to reach agreements regarding salary figures, the Braves were forced to renew the contracts of Yunel Escobar and Tommy Hanson. 
The Braves made this announcement on Wednesday afternoon while revealing that they had come to an agreement with each of their other unsigned players who have not yet recorded enough service time to have their salaries determined through the arbitration process.   

Financial details of the salaries assigned to Hanson and Escobar were not made available.   Their salaries for the 2010 season will be based on the scale the Braves utilize for each of their unsigned players, who have recorded anywhere from 0-3 years of service time at the Major League level.

“It’s just part of the game and something that we won’t even think about tomorrow,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said.  “It’s a procedural move that we make today to get everyone officially under contract and then we move forward.”  

Escobar, who has hit .301 and compiled an .801 OPS while serving as the Braves shortstop during most of the past three seasons,  said that he was not going to let this bother him.   He made $425,000 last year and will seemingly see a slightly higher figure this year.

“I’m not worried about my contract,” Escobar said with Martin Prado serving as his interpreter.  “I’m just worried about playing the game and helping the team make the playoffs.”  

Hanson, who was unavailable for comment, made the prorated portion of Major League Baseball’s minimum salary of $400,000.  After making his Major League debut on June 7, the 23-year-old right-hander went 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA.   His third-place finish in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting factored into the salary the Braves offered for this upcoming season.     

“It’s one of those situations where you wish you could come to an agreement, but at the same time, we like every other club have a salary scale for our 0-3 players and we feel like we reward them more than most, maybe not as much as some for their service and their performance,”  Wren said.  “We also have additional bonuses we pay for guys getting awards, awards votes and all of those kinds of things.”  


Both of these guys are the future of Braves baseball. They have performed above average they deserve a nice salary.

I know we don’t want to give away the farm to pay our players, but let’s make sure we reward success fairly, and keep the positive feeling our players have always had about being Braves. Far better to reward a player for what he’s done for us than to give millions to a free agent for what he did for someone else.

We will lose Hanson in the next couple of years and this is proof. Wren knows this guy is a stud, so why not go ahead and sign him to a six year deal a la Upton? I just don’t get it. Don’t expect to have the same opportunity once he has a big year. I hope the Braves don’t get so blinded by Heyward’s talent that they let another team steal Hanson away. Whether you believe it or not, this is the first step.

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