The deal would (the doctors for the insurance carrier have to sign off) save the Braves $6 million next year — his salary would go to $11 million from $17 million. The two option years, 2007 and 2008, will become guaranteed, but he was going to meet the option terms there anyway, and the salary for each of those years would go from $15 million to $11 million. You have to get something back or the union won’t sign off on these restructurings; Chipper gets an option for 2009 with terms that I’m guessing he’ll meet easily, and a $4 million signing bonus.
Now, will this actually allow the Braves to keep/get good players? Let’s hope so.