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The Atlanta Braves extended seven critical members of their team including general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez this month. Now the question looms who is the next one to receive a long-term contract? If it’s this year, the likely answer to that is starting pitcher Mike Minor.

David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution predicts that Minor will be the next Braves player to receive a long-term deal. He cites that the southpaw, based on last year’s growth and performance in the postseason, is surely the guy Atlanta was hoping for when they made him their first-round pick in 2009.

Minor had his best season in 2013 as he won a career-high 13 games and posted a career-low 3.21 ERA in 32 starts and 204.2 innings pitched. One of the main reasons we saw growth from him last year was that he lowered his walks per nine…

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