Indians expect Fausto Carmona to miss spring training

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Odds are that Fausto Carmona, like Leo Nunez before him, won’t do any significant jail time for his arrest on false identity charges, but the pitcher now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia may have trouble securing a visa and the Indians believe he’ll miss spring training.

Manager Manny Acta spoke to the Associated Press, which is reporting that “the team is trying to speed up Carmona’s arrival.”

However, last week’s trade for Kevin Slowey was seemingly made to address the hole in the rotation that would be created by Carmona/Heredia not being cleared to return to America.

He was released from a Dominican jail Friday after posting a $13,000 bond and so far there’s been no talk of the Indians trying to void his $7 million contract despite the belief that Carmona/Heredia is actually 31 years old, rather than his listed age of 28. Another option is placing Carmona/Heredia on the restricted list, which may allow the Indians to keep him on the roster without having to pay him until he shows up.

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.