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February 7, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Atlanta's Extension Spree

by Daniel Rathman


Braves hope to secure extensions for Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran
General manager Frank Wren has been busy in recent days, locking up Jason Heyward through his arbitration years and Freddie Freeman to an eight-year, $135 million hitch that represents the largest outlay in franchise history. Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes that Wren isn’t done yet.

The Heyward and Freeman deals bucked the Braves’ file-and-trial philosophy, but the team would now like to lock up two other key homegrown players long before the sides need to exchange arbitration figures. With one year and 125 days of service time, Simmons is at least one year away from arbitration eligibility—this year’s Super Two threshold was 2.122—and Teheran (1.062) is in no danger of heading to a hearing until at least 2016. Still, with a relatively low-revenue television contract hindering the team’s spending, a little cost certainty could go a long way.

In the press conference addressing Freeman’s extension, Wren told reporters that the team’s move to Cobb County and the revenues associated with that development should help the Braves to retain their own players and continue to contend, even if the Nationals and Phillies—who signed a $2.5 billion television pact earlier this winter—outspend them. Long-term agreements with Simmons and Teheran might be the next steps toward making good on that promise.

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