A look at some of the contracts signed by current and former Braves this winter

With pitchers and catchers set to report to Spring Training on Monday, let’s look at specifics of some of the contracts signed by current and former Braves this winter.

B.J. UPTON -- 5 years/$75,499,794

Signing bonus — $3 million

2013  — $12.45 million

2014 — $13.45 million

2015  — $14.45 million

2016 — $15.45 million

2017 — $16.45 million

Potential bonuses:  MVP ($50K); All-Star ($50K); Gold Glove ($25K); Silver Slugger ($25K); World Series MVP ($50K); LCS MVP ($25K)…Also receives a hotel suite when the Braves are on the road.

JASON HEYWARD —  1 year/$3.65 million (first arbitration-eligible season)

Potential bonuses: MVP ($50K); All-Star ($50K); Gold Glove ($25K); Silver Slugger ($25K); World Series MVP ($50K); LCS MVP ($25K)

ERIC O’FLAHERTY — 1 year/ $4.32 million (Final arbitration-eligible season)

Potential bonuses: All-Star ($50K); Cy Young ($50K); Rolaids Relief Award ($50K); Gold Glove ($25K); World Series MVP ($50K); LCS MVP

($25K)

GERALD LAIRD  — 2 years, $3 million ($1.5 million annual base)

Potential bonuses for 2013: 80 games ($50K); 90 games ($50K); 100 games ($50K); 110 games ($50K); 120 games ($50K)

Potential bonuses for 2014: 80 games ($100K); 90 games ($100K); 100 games ($100K); 110 games ($100K); 120 games ($100K)

Potential award bonuses: MVP ($50K); All-Star ($50K); World Series MVP ($50K); Gold Glove ($25K); Silver Slugger ($25K); LCS MVP ($25K)

REED JOHNSON  — 1 year/$1,744,231 million with $1.6 million option for 2014 ($150K buyout)

Potential bonuses for 2013: 90 games ($50K); 110 games ($50K) 130 games ($50K)

These players avoided arbitration with straight one-year contracts without any potential bonuses:

KRIS MEDLEN ($2.6 million); CHRIS JOHNSON ($2,287,500 million); CRISTHIAN MARTINEZ ($749,750); JONNY VENTERS ($1.625 million)

Former Braves:

TOMMY HANSON  —  1 year, $3.725 million with the Angels

Potential bonuses: All-Star ($50K); Gold Glove ($75K); LCS MVP ($75K); WS MVP ($100K); Cy Young winner ($150K); Second or third in Cy Young Voting ($75K); Fourth or fifth in Cy voting ($50K)

MARTIN PRADO  — 4 years, $40 million with the D-backs

2013 — $7 million

2014-16 —  $11 million annually

Prado will receive $1 million each time he is traded during the life of this contract.  He will also receive a hotel suite when the D-backs are on the road.

9 Comments

Prado and Bourn sign for $88 million for 8 years between them. The Braves get the Upton brothers for $115 million for 8 years between them. Who got the short end of the stick?

You’re right. It’s a terrible idea to get younger and more athletic while still being 8-10 million under your teams payroll limit. Seriously, try making a thought out argument for once.

More athletic than Bourn? More versatile than Prado? And for only $27 million more? Such a deal!

A Frillies fan trying to complain about payroll. How funny is that? The have more high paid dead weight than a World’s Strongest Man competition.

lol… did you buy your Chad Durbin jersey yet?

You refer to Durbin as if he trash. He did a good job for the Braves last year. Didn’t he? Did you complain then?

Huh? I bring up Durbin because that’s who the phillies signed, and I do not think it begins to compare with signing the Upton brothers. You are the one talking trash about who the Braves signed… is it not fair then to compare the offseasons of both clubs? Do you think the Phillies have done a better job at fielding a competitive team for 2013 than the Braves? Does your brain have the capability of understanding any of these questions?

Bravesnyc or weaksnyc, or whatever your name is, we will have to see who has fielded a more competitive team this year. But the question remains, what is the smarter move Bourn and Prado for $88 million or the Upton Twins for $115 million? The heat at Turner Field this year will be dissipated by the fans at home plate. And, undoubtedly, the number of fans at homeplate will give the number of fans in the seats a run for their money.

You can ask that question all you want, but it’s a meaningless question as far as I’m concerned. I predict the Braves and Nats at the top of the division, and the Phillies trying to claw their way out of the basement. Try again in 2014.

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