Kurt Suzuki was in The Best Shape of His Life … last year

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Kurt Suzuki has added 15 pounds and talks to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle about how that extra muscle is going to help keep him from getting fatigued and stuff.  Is he … in the BSOHL?  No! That was last year:

Last year at this time, Suzuki felt he was in the best shape of his life, but he says now that that doesn’t always translate to his sport.

“Triathlon runners are in great shape, but it’s not baseball shape,” he said. “My body fat percentage was under 10, and now it’s 12 – they want it at 12 1/2-15 because I lose so much during the season. You can’t be skin and bones when you’re a catcher.”

So he’s been eating a lot of food in addition to hitting the gym.  The article includes the sentence “When I added carbs, I started seeing the weight coming.”

Don’t I know it, Kurt, don’t I know it.

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.