The Braves and LHP Max Fried failed to reach a deal ahead of Friday’s deadline, meaning the star pitcher will be heading to arbitration for the second year in a row. Here’s what you need to know:
Fried, 28, went to his arbitration hearing last year requesting $6.85 million and won the case.
He responded in 2022 with his best season, finishing second in Cy Young Award voting and making his first All-Star team.
Fried led all Braves starters in ERA and innings pitched last season.
What Fried is looking for
Fried was the only one of five remaining arbitration-eligible Braves who didn’t reach an agreement before Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline for teams to either settle on terms with their unsigned players eligible for arbitration or swap salary-arbitration figures in preparation for a hearing. A panel decides at each hearing which salary to award a player — either the figure that he asked for or the one offered by the team, but nothing in between.