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Braves Sign Veras for $3.9 Million

February 16, 2001

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) _ The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with Quilvio Veras on Friday by agreeing to a $3.9 million, one-year contract with the second baseman.

Veras, who was scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, batted .309 last season, second on the Braves behind Chipper Jones. Veras had 25 steals in 37 tries, five homers and 37 RBIs. He made $3 million.

He can earn an additional $50,000 in performance bonuses _ $25,000 each for 300 and 400 plate appearances _ which would raise his income to $3.95 million, the midpoint between the $4.5 million he had asked for in arbitration and the $3.4 million Atlanta had offered.

Outfielder Andruw Jones, the last remaining Atlanta player in arbitration, is scheduled to have his case heard Monday. Jones has asked for a raise from $3.7 million to $8.2 million, which would be a record amount for a player to receive in arbitration. The Braves have offered $6.4 million.

Atlanta also agreed to one-year contracts with 10 players who didn’t have enough service time to be eligible for arbitration: pitchers Winston Abreu, Derrick Lewis, Horacio Ramirez, Scott Sobkowiak, Billy Sylvester and Brad Voyles; infielders Wilson Betemit and Marcus Giles; and outfielders Cory Aldridge and George Lombard.

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