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Braves avoid arbitration, re-sign Bourn, Jurrjens, O'Flaherty

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with outfielder Michael Bourn for $6.845 million, starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for $5.5 million and reliever Eric O'Flaherty for $2.49 million.

The agreements were reached just before teams and players exchanged figures for arbitration hearings.

Bourn, who got a raise from $4.4 million, was acquired from Houston in July just ahead of the trade deadline. He led the National League in stolen bases for the third straight year with 61 and provided the Braves with a much-needed leadoff hitter. Barring a long-term deal, he can become a free agent after the 2012 season.

Jurrjens, who made $3.25 million last season, was selected for his first All-Star game and went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. But he barely pitched in the second half because of a knee injury that required surgery, and he's been mentioned frequently in trade talks with the Braves having a surplus of top pitching prospects.

O'Flaherty is a key member of the bullpen with Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters. The left-hander received a significant raise from his $895,000 salary after the best year of his career, a dominating 0.98 ERA in 78 appearances.

With all arbitration-eligible players now under contract, the Braves are likely to have a payroll of around $80 million if they stick with the current roster. They also owe $10 million of Derek Lowe's salary, even though he was dealt to Cleveland, which means total obligations will be right around last season's $91 million.

That may leave room in the budget to bring back reliever Peter Moylan, who underwent rotator cuff surgery but hopes to be recovered by the start of the season. The right-hander is a free agent and has yet to sign with another team.