Orioles hire Rick Peterson, but not as pitching coach

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As expected, the Orioles hired former A’s, Mets, and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson, but he’ll fill the role of pitching development coordinator rather than pitching coach.

Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com says that’s actually a new position created by the Orioles, who’ll keep Rick Adair as their pitching coach and have Peterson work primarily with minor leaguers.

Peterson’s imminent hiring was first reported several weeks ago, but according to Ghiroli there was “a lengthy negotiation process in which Peterson was interviewed several times over a month-and-a-half period.”

Peterson was fired by Milwaukee following the 2010 season after Brewers pitchers ranked dead last among NL teams in ERA, so his reputation has certainly taken some hits since his days in Oakland.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 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.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.