Walden, Braves agree to $1.49M, 1-year contract

Reliever Jordan Walden and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a

$1.49 million, one-year contract that avoided salary

arbitration.

Walden would earn a $10,000 performance bonus under Thursday’s

deal if he has 30 games finished next season.

Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in November 2012, Walden

was 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA this year with 54 strikeouts in 47 innings.

He made $541,500.

Eight Braves remain eligible to file for arbitration next month:

right-handers Brandon Beachy, Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen;

left-hander Mike Minor; first baseman Freddie Freeman; infielder

Chris Johnson; and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan

Schafer.