Braves: Several key players set to head to arbitration

dansby swanson sep 23 2020

Tuesday at 1 PM ET was the deadline for arbitration-eligible players to sign a deal with their respective teams. If they didn’t, they are subject to an arbitration hearing where a judge will determine their salary. Following the 2021 season, the Braves had ten arb-eligible players. Guillermo Heredia and Mike Soroka signed their deals early, trimming that number to eight before A.J. Minter, Tyler Matzek, and Sean Newcomb also agreed today to the contracts offered to them.

That means five Braves are heading to arbitration — Dansby Swanson, Adam Duvall, Max Fried, Austin Riley, and Luke Jackson.

This might sound like a negative thing, and while ideally, you’d love every player to accept the offer handed to them, that rarely ever happens. The Braves are a “file and trial” team, meaning there aren’t any negotiations. Differences are usually nothing more than a few hundred thousand dollars, which will be sorted out harmlessly in court. There are cases where relationships have been strained over arbitration, but it’s not very common, and I don’t believe that will be an issue in this case either.



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