Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that Heyward's deal will pay him $13.3MM over the next two seasons.

The Braves have issued a press release to announce the signing of right fielder Jason Heyward to a two-year contract. The contract, which covers the 2014-15 seasons, prevents Heyward and the Braves from going to an arbitration hearing. Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Braves.

Heyward, a client of Excel Sports Management, exchanged arbitration figures with the Braves last month. The 24-year-old former All-Star filed for a $5.5MM salary, while the Braves countered at $5.2MM. The gap between the two sides may seem small, but this is extension is still very notable, given Atlanta's stance as a "file and trial" team. The Braves have been said to have a strict team policy stating that once arbitration figures are exchanged, talks to avoid arb will end, and the two sides will go to a hearing. Heyward bucks that trend, giving the Braves and their fans hope that the potential cases for closer Craig Kimbrel and first baseman Freddie Freeman can be similarly avoided.