At a hearing, a three-person panel chooses the salary proposed by the player or the team, nothing in-between. The Braves were scheduled for an arbitration hearing in 2013 with Martin Prado before trading him to Arizona on Jan. 24.
In 2009, they came to terms with Jeff Francoeur the night before a scheduled arbitration hearing. Soon after, the Braves adopted a policy of not negotiating a one-year contract with any player between salary-swap day and a hearing, a policy that continues under new president of baseball operations John Hart.
In 2013, Minor arguably was the Braves’ best starter, going 13-9 with career-bests in ERA (3.21), strikeouts (181) and innings (204 2/3).