ATLANTA (AP) -First baseman Mark Teixeira agreed to a $12.5 million, one-year contract with the Braves on Thursday, one of four Atlanta players coming to terms rather than going through arbitration.
Teixeira, who added power to the Braves lineup after being acquired from Texas just before the trade deadline, received a big raise over the $9 million he made last season.
He batted .317 with 17 homers and 56 RBIs with Atlanta. Overall, Teixeira had 30 homers, 105 RBIs and hit .306.
The more difficult negotiations with the slugger and agent Scott Boras will come after this season, when Teixeira is eligible for free agency.
The Braves also agreed to deals with relievers Mike Gonzalez and Tyler Yates, and infielder Omar Infante.
Gonzalez reached a deal for $2,362,500, basically the same salary he played for last season ($2.35 million). The left-hander pitched in only 18 games in 2007, going 2-0 with two saves and a 1.59 ERA before season-ending elbow surgery. He isn't expected to return until around the All-Star break.
Infante, acquired from the Chicago Cubs during the winter meetings to bolster Atlanta's infield depth, will play for $1.4 million this season, a raise of $100,000.
Yates got $800,000 after making $412,500 last season for the Braves. He was 2-3 with a 5.18 ERA and two saves.
Two other Braves filing for arbitration have yet to agree on deals: reliever Rafael Soriano and outfielder Matt Diaz.

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Orioles vs. Rays Prediction Are the Rays a solid runline play versus the struggling Orioles tonight at 7:10PM ET?
Thumbnail Rangers vs. Yankees Prediction Will the Rangers pull off a small upset tonight when they visit the struggling Yankees at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Twins vs. Indians Pick Which AL Central foe will come away with a win when the Cleveland Indianshost the Minnesota Twins...
Thumbnail Reds vs. Nationals Prediction Are the Nationals a safe runline play tonight when they host the Reds at 7:05PM ET?
Thumbnail Mets vs. Dodgers Prediction Will the Dodgers complete their four-game sweep of the Mets when the two teams meet at 10:10PM ET?

MLB Team Pages