From a Valentine’s Day story by Peanut:
[Terry McGuirk said:] “Money is not going to stand between us and getting it done at this point because we are that close. I’m talking about [the] long term and short term. I’m talking about talent that is here and talent that isn’t here. When we are this close, we are going to try to push it over the top. But there is a lot of talent here.”
The Braves could use a portion of the $10-12 million they have remaining to spend this year on any needs that could arise between now and the Trade Deadline. But they will likely first attempt to use some of the funds to lock up some of their young talent.
The Braves are expected to attempt to buy out some of the arbitration years remaining for their prized right fielder Jason Heyward, who will make $3.65 million as a first-year arbitration-eligible player this year. His salary for this season could increase slightly if he agrees to a contract that would provide him insurance, and provide the team certainty beyond 2015 — his final arbitration-eligible season.
As of Thursday, the Braves had not yet approached Heyward about the possibility of a multi-year contract.