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Jeff Francoeur - 01Despite his poor performance in the 2008 season, the Braves give Jeff Francoeur, nicknamed “Frenchy“, a big raise over his previous salary of $460,000, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,375,000 with the outfielder.

The deal, a compromise between their two offers, comes just hours prior to a scheduled salary arbitration hearing in Arizona.

Francoeur had been promoted by Atlanta on July 6, 2005. He was part of a group of rookie players, nicknamed the “Baby Braves,” that Atlanta called up from its minor league system during the 2005 season.