The Atlanta Braves and Martin Prado officially submitted their numbers for a contract arbitration hearing, Jon Heyman reports. The move essentially ended any negotiations between the Braves and Prado.
Prado filed a $7.05 million contract request, while the Braves countered with $6.65 million. In arbitration, a third party will hear arguments from both sides and pick one of the submitted figures with no middle ground. Regardless, the player will remain under contract for one year.
The Braves usually adopt a "file and trial" strategy when it comes to arbitration, meaning that if an agreement isn't reached by the deadline – this one being 1 p.m. Friday – then they will go ahead and have the arbitration hearing, even with a fairly small difference of just $400,000 in this case.
Prado is the only arbitration-eligible Brave who remains unsigned. Christhian Martinez, Kris Medlen, Jason Heyward, Jonny Venters and Eric O'Flaherty all agreed to deals with the club earlier today.
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