The contract is expected to total well over $100 million -- largest in franchise history.


The Braves announced they've signed first baseman Freddie Freeman to an eight-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Terms were not disclosed but the contract is expected to exceed $100 million -- largest in franchise history.

The Braves scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier Tuesday, the Braves reached an agreement on a two-year, $13.3 million contract with outfielder Jason Heyward.

So In a single day, the Braves locked up two of three key players who were arbitration-eligible. The other is closer Craig Kimbrel.

The 24-year-old Heyward had an injury-plagued 2013 season. General manager Frank Wren said Tuesday those problems complicated the arbitration process and helped make the two-year contract possible.

Heyward hit .254 with 14 home runs and 38 RBIs in his fourth season with the Braves.

His season was shortened by two stints on the disabled list. Heyward had an appendectomy in late April and suffered a fractured jaw in August when he was hit in the face by a pitch.

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