The Yankees want the Pirates to pay more than $10 million of A.J. Burnett’s salary

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We’ve been tracking the Yankees-Pirates’  talks about A.J. Burnett. The Yankees want to unload him. The Pirates, for some reason, want him.  Earlier today we heard that the Pirates were willing to absorb as much as $10 million of the $33 million still owed to Burnett over the next two years.

One would think that’s enough.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post says that’s not the case, though: the Yankees want the Pirates to pay even more.

Seems excessive. A.J. Burnett is not worth more than $5 million a year over the next to years to a team like the Pirates.  The Indians, by point of comparison, are paying only $5 million of Derek Lowe’s contract for 2012.  That seems to be the market for dead weight with a shred of potential, no?

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.