Max Fried wins arbitration case against Braves

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Braves ace Max Fried won his arbitration hearing against the Braves and will earn $6.85 million this season instead of $6.6 million, which was submitted by the team.

After being traded from the Padres in 2014 in the Justin Upton trade, Fried has been the club’s most consistent starter. Still only 28 years old, the southpaw put the league on notice in the shortened 2020 season but has continually improved each season.

In 2021, Fried pitched to the tune of a 3.04 ERA and 23.7% strikeout rate over 165.2 innings pitched. Those impressive numbers have carried over into 2022 as well. His 2.77 ERA and 23.7% strikeout rate are nearly identical, proving to be one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.

The Braves have always been a file and trial club when it comes to these arbitration cases. Despite some misconceptions, arbitration hearings are based solely on prior statistical performance. Now that Fried has won his case, he’ll be paid with retroactive pay to make up the difference. The $250K gap between the two sides may strike some fans as trivial, but this is a regular occurrence, and both sides have reasons to take such hard stances. It really is pennies considering what Fried will eventually garner when his contract is up in 2025.

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