Posted January 17, 2012

Braves Ink Michael Bourn To One-Year, $6.845 Million Deal To Avoid Arbitration

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The Atlanta Braves have reached a one-year, $6.845 million deal with Michael Bourn to avoid arbitration, according to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

Bourn, 29, is in his final season of arbitration before he can become a free-agent next winter. The former All-Star led the National League in plate appearances and stolen bases this year while hitting .294/.349/.386 with 94 runs in 158 games between the Braves and the Houston Astros.

In 2010, Bourn was named to his first All-Star team after hitting .265/.341/.346 with 84 runs scored and 52 stolen bases in 141 games played.

The two-time Gold Glove award winner has led the National Leauge in stolen bases each of the past three years.