The Braves avoid an arbitration hearing with seven eligible players, including star player Mike Foltynewicz


After an audience with Mike Foltynewicz in anticipation of his star season, the Braves avoided reoccurring with the right-handed and their other six eligible players at the refereeing.

The team announced on Friday that it had reached an agreement on unsecured 1 year contracts before 1pm. HE delay.

Foltynewicz and the Braves have settled at $ 5.475 million, but they have also agreed on his compatriot Kevin Gausman ($ 9.35 million), his replacement Arodys Vizcaino (4.8 million), his teammate Adam Duvall (2.875 million) $), his opponents Dan Winkler ($ 1.61M) and Sam. Freeman ($ 1.575M) and the Charlie Culberson utility ($ 1.395M).

If none of these transactions is guaranteed, the Braves will still have the option of releasing one of these players during spring training, paying a pro rata portion of the time spent at the camp.

In February, Foltynewicz was only the fifth Braves player to be heard since 2001 – after Andruw Jones, Kevin Millwood and John Rocker in 2001 and Mike Minor in 15 – in front of a referee over $ 100,000. This is the smallest gap between player and franchise to have been heard since 1994, when the Yankees and Kevin Maas were separated by $ 65,000.

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This is something that Foltynewicz does not have to fear this time: he received $ 2.2 million, which earned him a big setback. He became the All-Star for the first time and earned the ninth best goal among all National League players at 3.9.

Gausman, who has one more year of service than Foltynewicz (4.151 years vs. 3.163), had some ups and downs in 2018 (4.23 ERA), but still scored 142 ERA + in his 10 starts after being acquired from the Orioles in July.

While the other big coin the Braves took on the trade deadline was tough after leaving the Reds with less than 5 OPS + in 33 games, Duvall was still a Gold Glove finalist in the left field. To this day, he remains one of the only Braves options in a corner field position alongside Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ender Inciarte.

The Braves' preference would be to offer another option before spring training, but Duvall's past – 30 consecutive races and a top-flight defense – at least has the notion that he could get his form back in Cincinnati.

Culberson was one of the biggest surprises during the NL 'Braves' title race with a 108 wRC + in 322 appearances at the plate while he had never gone over the average by 20 percent less than the average in the previous five seasons.

Despite the problems that affected the Atlanta newspaper during the last month of the season, while only the Marlins and the Nationals (both minus -0.8 FWAR) were worse than the Braves, Vizcaino, Winkler and Freeman have been among the main contributors of the year.

Vizcaino, in his last season before hitting the free goal, led the team with 16 saves despite spending 55 games on the disabled list with inflamed shoulder. Meanwhile, Winkler, whose career was undermined by injuries, threw 60 1 3 / innings and looked like a potential All-Star with a 1.80 FIP in May, and Freeman did not allow a run in the 10 2/3 innings. he participated in his last 14 appearances.

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