Melky, Braves avoid arbitration

Melky, Braves avoid arbitration

ATLANTA -- The Braves and Melky Cabrera have avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a one-year, $3.1 million contract.

Cabrera, who was acquired in the Dec. 22 trade that sent Javier Vazquez to the Yankees, has hit .269 with 36 homers and a .716 OPS in 569 career games. The 25-year-old switch-hitting outfielder batted .274 with 13 homers and a .752 OPS while helping the Bronx Bombers on their journey toward last year's World Series title.

Cabrera is entering his second arbitration-eligible season. He avoided arbitration last year by agreeing to a one-year, $1.4 million contract.

The Braves are working to complete their negotiations with Peter Moylan, who remains their only unsigned arbitration-eligible player. Matt Diaz agreed to a one-year, $2.55 million contract in December.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.