- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2012

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration Tuesday, agreeing to one-year deals with outfielder Michael Bourn for $6.845 million, starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens for $5.5 million and reliever Eric O’Flaherty for $2.49 million.

Bourn, who got a raise from $4.4 million, was acquired from Houston in July just ahead of the trade deadline. He led the NL in stolen bases for the third straight year with 61 and provided the Braves with a much-needed leadoff hitter. Barring a long-term deal, he can become a free agent after the 2012 season.

Jurrjens, who made $3.25 million last season, was selected for his first All-Star game and went 13-6 with a 2.96 ERA. But he barely pitched in the second half because of a knee injury that required surgery, O’Flaherty, a left-handed reliever, posted a 0.98 ERA in 78 appearances.

Giants’ Lincecum asks for $21.5M in salary arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO — Giants ace Tim Lincecum has asked for $21.5 million in salary arbitration and been offered $17 million.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner’s request Tuesday neared the record amount sought in arbitration. Houston pitcher Roger Clemens asked for $22 million in 2005.

San Francisco’s offer was the highest in arbitration history, topping the $14.25 million the New York Yankees proposed for shortstop Derek Jeter in 2001.

Lincecum, the winning pitcher in the Game 5 World Series clincher at Texas in 2010, earned $13.1 million last season and completed a two-year deal worth $23.2 million.

Red Sox, Ellsbury reach terms on one-year deal

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox agreed to terms on Tuesday with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a one-year, non-guaranteed contract worth $8.05 million. Ellsbury, who played in just 18 games in 2010, was named the American League Comeback Player of the Year in ‘11 and finished second in AL MVP voting.

He batted.321 with career highs of 46 doubles, 32 home runs, 119 runs, 105 RBI and 52 walks in 158 games. He led the majors with 364 total bases and 83 extra-base hits.

• Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford had surgery on his left wrist and could miss opening day. Crawford had career lows with a .255 batting average and 18 stolen bases in 2011, the first season of his seven-year, $142 million contract with Boston.

Around the league

BREWERS: Milwaukee looked overseas to add depth to its outfield, signing Japanese star Norichika Aoki to a two-year deal with a club option for 2014. Aoki, 30, hit better than .300 in six of his seven full seasons and was a three-time batting champion in Japan’s Central League. He was the league’s 2005 rookie of the year and is a six-time golden glove award winner…. The Brewers and reliever Francisco Rodriguez agreed to an $8 million, one-year deal. He made 31 appearances for the Brewers, in 2010 going 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA.

PIRATES: Right-hander Jeff Karstens and Pittsburgh agreed to a $3.1 million, one-year contract, nearly triple his $1.15 million earnings last year. Karstens, 29, went 9-9 with a 3.38 ERA in 2011, posting career highs in wins, strikeouts (72), and innings (162 1/3).

REDS: Right-hander Homer Bailey agreed to a one-year, $2,425,000 contract with Cincinnati. Bailey was 9-7 with a 4.43 ERA in 22 starts with 106 strikeouts in 132 innings.

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