Braves avoid arbitration with Vizcaino, Krol

Braves avoid arbitration with Vizcaino, Krol

ATLANTA -- The Braves avoided this year's salary arbitration hearing process when they reached agreements with right-handed reliever Arodys Vizcaino and left-handed reliever Ian Krol just before Friday afternoon's deadline.

Vizcaino agreed to a one-year, $1.55 million deal and Krol agreed to a one-year, $900,000 deal. The Braves have now signed each of their arbitration-eligible players.

Agreements can be reached up until the start of a scheduled hearing, but having adopted the file-and-trial practice, the Braves have claimed they will not negotiate any one-year deals with their arbitration-eligible players after salary figures are exchanged. Thus, Vizcaino and Krol would have likely had their 2017 salary determined by a hearing had they not reached an agreement on Friday.

The Braves lost their arbitration hearing against Mike Minor before the 2015 season. That marked the first time they had experienced a hearing since opposing John Rocker's case in 2001.

This will be the second arbitration-eligible season for Vizcaino, who made $897,500 while converting 10 saves and posting a 4.42 ERA over 38 2/3 innings (43 appearances) for the Braves in 2016. The 26-year-old right-hander has compiled a 3.52 ERA over the 94 2/3 innings he has totaled since making his big league debut for Atlanta in 2011.

Vizcaino totaled just five big league appearances from 2012-14 as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He missed the first three months of the 2015 while serving a performance-enhancing-drug suspension and then capably served as the Braves' closer for the final two months of that season.

After posting a 1.53 ERA and converting six of seven save opportunities through his first 23 2/3 innings this past season, Vizcaino battled some fatigue in June and experienced two stints on the disabled list after the All-Star break. He is expected to be at full strength as he enters Spring Training projected to serve as closer Jim Johnson's setup man.

This was the first arbitration-eligible season for Krol, who has posted a 4.27 ERA through the first 139 innings (173 appearances) of his career. The 25-year-old southpaw produced a 3.18 ERA in 51 innings (63 appearances) for Atlanta last year.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.