The Braves won their arbitration case against starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz on Saturday, resulting in a difference in only $100,000 less than they would’ve paid if he’d won. He’ll make $2.2 million in 2018, a person close to the situation said. Making the outcome even less significant was this: Foltynewicz became a father earlier Saturday when his wife Brittany gave birth to their son, Michael Jett Foltynewicz. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, Foltynewicz announced in on his Instagram account, posting a picture of the baby. When the Braves and Foltynewicz swapped salary arbitration figures Jan. 12, the Braves filed at $2.3 million and Foltynewicz at $2.2 million, the smallest difference in any of the major league arbitration cases this year. Since the Braves, like a majority of teams, have a “file-and-trial” policy, it meant there would be no negotiating after the sides filed, even though they presumably could have met halfway and paid $2.25 million. The file-and-trial policy means once the sides swap salary-arbitration figures, the Braves will not negotiate before the arbitration hearing unless it’s for a multi-year deal. The Braves have no more arbitration cases, and pitchers and catchers report to spring training Tuesday and have their first workout Wednesday.
Foltynewicz loses to Braves after going to arbitration over $100K
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Feb 10