Eric O'Flaherty has earned a pay raise. The Atlanta Braves lefty agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.49 million contract to follow one of the most impressive seasons put forth by a Major League reliever and to avoid arbitration.
The deal nearly triples O'Flaherty's salary of $895,000 he made in 2011, when posted a ridiculous 0.98 ERA in 78 appearances. His ERA led all Major League relievers, and he became the first reliever in Major League history to make 70 appearances and keep his ERA under one.
Often underrated and overshadowed by the accomplishments of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel, O'Flaherty was not selected for the All-Star Game, but his contributions were not lost while filling in for the injured Peter Moylan. Moylan's absence thrust O'Flaherty into a setup spot with Venters in which excelled, holding opponents to a .221 averge and .283 on-base percentage.
This season is the second of O'Flaherty's three arbitration-eligible seasons.
The Braves have avoided arbitration with O'Flaherty and Martin Prado. Their only remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible players are Michael Bourn and Jair Jurrjens.
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