Yeah, Kelvim Escobar is hurt

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I took no joy in being the first guy to report a few weeks ago that Kelvim Escobar had more wrong with him than a mere “tired shoulder,” and I take even less joy in having that essentially confirmed by Adam Rubin this morning:

Kelvim Escobar
(shoulder) halted throwing even on flat ground. “When I tried to throw
last week it was weak. It didn’t feel right.”

The Mets will survive without Escobar, so the biggest question isn’t necessarily what they’ll do for a setup man. The biggest question is how much the Mets knew about the state of his shoulder when they signed him, and whether he really should have been pitching in the winter leagues this year.

Max Fried loses to Braves in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried lost to the Atlanta Braves in salary arbitration and will make $13.5 million in the upcoming season instead of his $15 million request.

Mark Burstein, Fredric Horowitz and Jeanne Vonhof issued their decision a day after hearing arguments.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year in arbitration instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal.

He followed former Atlanta teammate Dansby Swanson in going to a hearing in consecutive years. Swanson, a shortstop, lost in 2021 and won last year, then signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The last player to win hearings in consecutive years was pitcher Trevor Bauer against Cleveland in 2018 and 2019.

Fried, a 29-year-old left-hander, went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2021, Fried pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.