Braves reach 2-year deal with Heyward


The Sports Network

Atlanta, GA ( - The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday avoided arbitration with Jason Heyward, agreeing to terms with the outfielder on a two-year contract.

Heyward is coming off a 2013 season that was interrupted by two separate stints on the disabled list. He underwent an appendectomy in late April and suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit by a pitch thrown by the New York Mets' Jonathon Niese on Aug. 21.

The 24-year-old returned in time to help the Braves clinch the NL East title and finished with a .254 batting average, 14 home runs and 38 RBI over 104 games.

"Jason is an important part of our organization and we're glad that we were able to agree on multi-year contract," Braves executive vice president and general manager Frank Wren said in a statement.

Heyward, a former Gold Glove winner, has hit .259 with 73 homers and 234 RBI in 532 career games since debuting with the Braves in 2010.

Atlanta selected Heyward in the first round (14th overall) of the 2007 draft.

Read more Baseball Wires stories from the Miami Herald

  • Red Sox rally past Orioles

    Everything seemed to go the Orioles' way for 5 1/2 innings against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night at Fenway Park. But after an ESPN nationally broadcast returned from a commercial break for the bottom of the sixth, everything unraveled for the Orioles.

  • Brewers win wild one over Pirates

    PITTSBURGH - Put another memorable Easter Sunday game into the books for the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • Cards' gloves decide split vs. Nats

    After making moves, making strides, and making statements during spring about improving in the field this season, the Cardinals repeatedly experienced this weekend the cost of not making the plays a better defensive club must.

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category