The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $42 million, four-year contract with All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, avoiding arbitration with the 25-year old. The Braves also hold a $13 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.

Kimbrel has 138 saves in the last three seasons, including 50 saves with a 1.21 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 67 innings last year.

Elsewhere:

A.J. Burnett and the Philadelphia Phillies have finalized a contract that guarantees the pitcher $15 million for 2014 and $22.5 million over two seasons. Burnett revived his career with Pittsburgh the last two seasons, pitching to a 3.31 ERA and winning 26 games.

— Outfielder Josh Reddick and the Oakland Athletics avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a $2.7 million, one-year contract. The 26-year-old hit .226 with 12 homers and 56 RBIs in 114 games last year, when he went to the disabled list twice because of a sprained right wrist that required offseason surgery.

Boston Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster says he's taking this season off but is leaving open the possibility of playing in 2015. The 36-year-old right-hander says he is stepping away for physical reasons and to spend more time with his family.