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Braves, Kotchman agree at $2,885,000

Updated: February 2, 2009, 6:23 PM ET
Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Casey Kotchman and the Atlanta Braves avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,885,000.

Kotchman could earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses under the deal agreed to last week and announced Monday.

He hit a combined .272 with 14 homers and 74 RBIs last season for the Braves and the Los Angeles Angels.

The first baseman, who turns 26 on Feb. 22, hit only .149 with no homers in his first 22 games after he was acquired by the Braves ...

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