Pitcher Max Fried won his salary arbitration case Wednesday against the World Series champion Atlanta Braves and was given his $6.85 million request instead of the team’s $6.6 million offer.
Teams have a 9-4 advantage in decisions. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is the only player still scheduled for a hearing later this week. He is asking for $21 million and the team is offering $17 million.
Fried became the second Braves player to win, joining shortstop Dansby Swanson ($10 million).
Outfielder Adam Duvall ($9,275,000), third baseman Austin Riley ($3.95 million), and injured reliever Luke Jackson ($3.6 million) lost their hearings.
Fried, a 28-year-old left-hander, was 14-7 with a 3.04 ERA last year and was 2-2 in the postseason. After losing Game 2 of the World Series against Houston, Fried pitched six shutout innings in Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995. Fried made $3.5 million last year and is eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.
Fried is 7-2 with a 2.77 ERA this season. No statistics or evidence from after March 1 are admissible other than contract and salary comparisons, timing set when Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to the deal that ended the lockout.
Also winning were Seattle second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier ($8 million) and Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi ($8.5 million).
Angels send Reid Detmers to minors six starts after no-hitter
The Los Angeles Angels have optioned Reid Detmers to the minors just six starts after the rookie left-hander threw a no-hitter.
The Angels assigned Detmers to Triple-A Salt Lake a day after he made his sixth consecutive winless appearance since his no-hitter against Tampa Bay on May 10.
The 22-year-old Detmers became the youngest pitcher in Angels history to throw a no-hitter during that 12-0 victory over the Rays at Angel Stadium, and he did it in just his 11th career start.
But Detmers is 0-2 with a 5.67 ERA in his six starts since that historic night. He has allowed eight homers and yielded 13 walks over those 27 combined innings, his performance dipping along with the Angels’ lengthy team-wide slump.
Ex-Brewers outfielder Cain clears waivers, becomes free agent
Former Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has cleared waivers and is now a free agent.
Cain was designated for assignment by the Brewers on the same day he reached 10 years of major league service, enabling him to be fully vested in the players’ pension fund.
The 36-year-old Cain was batting .179 with one homer and nine RBIs in 43 games this season. He is in the last year of a five-year, $80 million contract he signed in January 2018.
When he was designated for assignment Saturday, Cain spoke as though his playing days might be over.
“It just got to a point where it’s probably time,” Cain said at the time. “I haven’t been performing like I would’ve liked, but the situation is what it is. I’ve had a great career. I can’t really be upset about anything, but, yeah, it’s time. I wish all my teammates the best, coaches, trainers, everybody that I’ve played with or met throughout my entire career, I wish them nothing but the best. It’s been a really fun ride for me, for sure.”
Cain made the All-Star Game and finished seventh in the NL MVP balloting in 2018 while helping the Brewers win their first NL Central title since 2011 and come a game away from their first World Series appearance since 1982. He won a Gold Glove the following year as the Brewers returned to the playoffs.
Cain helped Kansas City win the World Series in 2015, his first year as an All-Star.
Padres manager Bob Melvin cleared from COVID protocols
San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin returned after being sidelined by COVID-19 protocols for 11 games.
“I might be the healthiest guy that you might be around ever during this whole thing right now,” Melvin said during his media session before the series finale against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Melvin said he’s been asymptomatic for the last nine days. He went into the protocols in between games of a doubleheader on June 11. He said he felt a little scratch in his throat and tested positive. “The next day I had no symptoms. I’ve had no symptoms the entire time since.”
“It feels great to be back. That was very unsettling to sit around like that and have to watch games for that long and feeling the way I did. It’s a crazy world we live in,” he added.
Quality control coach Ryan Flaherty managed 10 games in Melvin’s absence and bench coach Ryan Christenson was cleared from protocols in time to manage Tuesday night. Christenson went into protocols the same time as Melvin.
The Padres went 6-5 in Melvin’s absence. They entered Wednesday’s play percentage points behind the Los Angeles Dodgers atop the NL West.
Bichette slam, Kirk HR as Blue Jays beat White Sox, avoid sweep
Bo Bichette hit a grand slam and Alejandro Kirk homered for the second straight game, leading Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays over the injury-riddled Chicago White Sox 9-5.
Bichette’s second career slam capped a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game series sweep.
“Bo and everyone else, it was great to see the mindset this morning,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “I wish you guys could have seen it. Like everyone said, ‘let’s go. Let’s turn the page.’ It’s not easy for young guys, but they did a good job of that.”
Kirk hit an RBI single in the first and a homer to center in the third. He tops All-Star fan voting for AL catchers and leads all qualified major league catchers in batting average (.307) and OPS (.857).
Kirk batted .364 (8 for 22) with four home runs and eight RBIs in five games against the White Sox this season.
Lucas Giolito (4-4) allowed seven runs on a season-high 11 hits in five innings. He has a 9.47 ERA in his last five starts.
“There’s no excuse for how I’ve been performing,’ Giolito said. “It’s pretty god-awful.”
Alvarez belts two homers as Astros get 5-3 win to sweep Mets
Yordan Alvarez homered twice as the Houston Astros dispatched the New York Mets with ease in a 5-3 win to complete a two-game sweep. Next up, a trip to the Big Apple to face the MLB-leading New York Yankees and slugger Aaron Judge, the only player who’s hit more homers than Alvarez this season ... Brad Miller hit a two-run single against his former team, with two outs after an error in the second, and Kole Calhoun also drove in two runs as the Rangers won 4-2 for their ninth win in a row over the Phillies since 2014 ... Freddie Freeman homered and drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak against Cincinnati this season to six games, beating the Reds 8-4. Freeman, who tied a season high with five RBIs in the series opener on Tuesday, has seven RBI in the series ... Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom hit two-run homers early and Alfonso Rivas added a grand slam off a position player late as the Chicago Cubs routed the Pittsburgh Pirates.