Braves, Withrow avoid arbitration with one-year deal

Credit: Harry How

Credit: Harry How

The Braves and right-hander Chris Withrow avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Withrow, 26, sat out last season while recovering from back and elbow surgeries. He made 46 total relief appearances for the Dodgers in 2013 and 2014 and posted a 2.73 ERA over 66 innings with 71 strikeouts and 31 walks.

The Braves acquired Withrow as part of a six-player trade with the Dodgers in May. The Dodgers selected Withrow with the No. 20 overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Midland (Texas) Christian School.

Withrow and Braves right-hander Arodys Vizcaino were among 156 major league players to file for salary arbitration on Tuesday. The arbitration process involves the players and teams each submitting proposed salaries to an independent panel, with that panel deciding a salary to reward the player.