Braves agreed to $2,425,000 deal with lefty James Russell

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year contract with left-handed reliever James Russell for $2,425,000.

The deal Thursday avoids arbitration with Russell, who went 0-2 with a 2.97 ERA and one save in 66 games while splitting last season between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta. He made $1,775,000.

Left-handed starter Mike Minor is the only Braves player in arbitration who has yet to agree to terms with the Braves.

The two sides would exchange figures Friday if an agreement is not reached.

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