For the second straight season, the Atlanta Braves and Max Fried entered an arbitration hearing to decide the left-handers compensation for the upcoming season. Last season, Max came out on top. This season, it was the team the arb panel sided with, setting Fried’s 2023 salary at the $13.5M figure the team filed instead of the $15M figure Fried’s camp filed.

Fried was coming off a dominant 2022 season, where he pitched 185 inning, posted a 2.48 ERA, a 2.70 FIP, and a 5.0 fWAR, maintaining his spot as the unquestioned ace of the staff.