Friday was an important day on the MLB's offseason calendar, marking the official arbitration-filing deadline. 200 different arbitration-eligible players around all 30 clubs reached a settled contract figure for the 2023 season.
But, that left 33 players across 19 different teams hanging in the balance. By not settling on a contract figure by the deadline, the player and team then exchange respective contract figures (what they believe the player is worth for the upcoming year). The two sides can continue negotiating this figure with the hopes of reaching a deal, but this is a common start in the steps to official arbitration hearings.
The Atlanta Braves were unable to reach a final arbitration contract with one of the most notable names on this list.
Braves Arbitration Players
1. Max Fried, SP
Player Figure: $15 million
Team Figure: $13.5 million
Starting pitcher and staff ace Max Fried exchanged numbers with the Braves on Friday as the two sides could not work out a deal.
Considering how ugly arbitration hearings can get, the Braves fanbase will hope the front office can do whatever it takes to negotiate with their ace before things get to that point.
Fried was dominant, yet again, in 2022. The three-time Gold Glover earned his first All-Star appearance this past season by stifling hitters with a 2.48 ERA in 30 starts. As a dominant lefty arm, Fried is the staple in Atlanta's rotation and someone the club will want to keep happy until he reaches unrestricted free agency.
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