Minor, Braves talk salary

Friday, February 20, 2015
Chapel Hill's Mike Minor is in salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves.

ST. PETERSBURG,

Fla. (AP) -- Pitcher Mike Minor and the Atlanta Braves have argued their positions in salary arbitration, with the sides $500,000 apart.

The 27-year-old lefthander from Chapel Hill asked Mark Burstein, Gil Vernon and Dan Brent to award him $5.6 million, and the Braves argued during Thursday's session that he should be paid $5.1 million.

A decision is likely Friday.

Minor was 6-12 with a 4.77 ERA in 25 starts last year, when he missed the first month of the season because of shoulder soreness. He made $3.85 million.

He went 13-9 with a 3.21 ERA in 2013.

Many changes

Look for plenty of introductions when the Braves report for spring training Friday.

The team underwent a massive shake-up over the winter, trading away three of its top hitters -- Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gates -- and getting mostly prospects in return.

The 25-man roster that breaks camp in early April will probably include less than 10 players who were with the Braves at the start of the 2014 season.

"We can't look at whose gone," said third baseman Chris Johnson, one of the few holdovers.

"We've just got to look at who's here and what we need to do to win games."

While many expect the team to fade from its usual role of playoff contender this season, the overhaul has set up plenty of intriguing battles this spring.

Pitchers and catchers hold their first workout Saturday at the team's Disney World training complex in Kissimmee, Florida, with the first full-squad session set for Feb. 26.

New faces

The Braves must settle on starters at second baseman and left field, with both spots likely to be filled by some sort of platoon arrangement.