|Feb. 16 8:13 AM PT9:13 AM MT10:13 AM CT11:13 AM ET11:13 ET16:13 GMT0:13 CST9:13 AM MST11:13 AM EST11:43 AM VEN20:13 UAE10:13 AM CT-Kimbrel and the Atlanta Braves avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $42 million, four-year contract. Kimbrel gets a $1 million signing bonus under Sunday's deal and salaries of $7 million this year, $9 million in 2015, $11 million in 2016 and $13 million in 2017. The Braves have a $13 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.
Analysis: Kimbrel can also earn a bonus of up to $3.5 million, payable at the end of the contract, based on a point system tied to All-Star appearances, MVP and Cy Young voting and games finished. Kimbrel saved 50 games with a 1.21 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 67 innings last year. In four seasons with the Braves, Kimbrel has 139 saves and a 1.39 ERA.