Max Fried Arbitration Case Decision Revealed
The Atlanta Braves were scheduled for arbitration salary hearings with four key members from their 2022 World Series Champion roster. Austin Riley, Adam Duvall and Dansby Swanson all heard final decisions on their arbitration cases previously in the year.
Now, the Braves can rest easy that the final player headed for arbitration is resolved. Pitcher Max Fried has a decision on his 2022 salary, as reported on Wednesday.
Max Fried Arbitration
Fried won his arbitration hearing against the Braves. The ace pitcher will be paid $6.85 million, instead of the $6.6 million Atlanta initially filed at.
Fried is another puzzling example of the Braves battling with championship players over a relatively small figure. Riley and Fried only filed for a $250,000 difference in their respective salaries. Atlanta won the Riley case, but Fried takes this final decision.
The cases of Swanson and Duvall included a bigger gap. Swanson and the Braves battled over an $800K dispute, while Duvall filed for $1 million more than the Braves hoped to pay. Swanson won his case but the Braves topped Duvall in his decision.
Despite the contract disputes, the Braves cannot underestimate the importance of Fried in their starting rotation. The clear-cut ace of the staff, Fried owns a stellar 2.77 ERA in 2022, picking up seven wins across 14 starts. He's a career 3.25 ERA pitcher who strikes out 8.9 batters per nine innings.
Fried is arbitration eligible for two more seasons before hitting unrestricted free agency in 2025. Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees is the only remaining player yet to have his arbitration decision finalized.
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