Braves avoid arbitration with everyone except Max Fried

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The deadline for arbitration eligible players to agree to deals is today. If they do not have a deal in place, their salary for 2023 will be determined in court. Thankfully, the Braves were able to avoid that with all of their arbitration eligible candidates, except for Max Fried, who will head to an arbitration hearing for the second consecutive year.

Each year when this day comes around, I have to remind fans not to panic. Most of the best players end up going to court to decide their salary. This isn’t typically a negotiation. The Braves propose their figure; Max Fried proposes his, and if they do not agree, they head to arbitration. It sounds silly that the Braves are going to court with the ace of their staff over what is probably a few hundred thousand dollars, but it’s the nature of the business. This doesn’t mean anything regarding a potential extension for the All-Star left-hander.

The good news is the Braves did potentially save some money with the deals they did make. MLB Trade Rumors generally does a terrific job at projecting these arbitration salaries. Minter was projected to make $5 million and will make $4.287 million. Lucas Luetge was projected $1.7 million and will make $1.55 million. Dennis Santana was projected $1.1 million and will make $1 million. The only player that will make more than MLB Trade Rumors’ predictions is Joe Jiménez. He agreed on a $2.765 million contract with the Braves and was projected $2.6 million.

Photo: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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