VIDEO: Vladimir Guerrero’s 15-year-old son is already mashing baseballs

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It’s not easy to follow in the footsteps of a nine-time All-Star, but as you’ll see in the video below, 15-year-old Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. is showing flashes of his dad.

No batting gloves. That swing. The apple, or baseball in this case, doesn’t fall far from the tree. By the way, the description of the video (written by Matthew Ball) says that he’s already listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. Not your average 15-year-old. Guerrero won’t be eligible to sign with a major league team until next summer, but he has already worked out for Yankees, Angels, and Blue Jays.

While Vlad’s son looks promising, we could hear from his nephew, Gabriel Guerrero, even sooner. The 20-year-old outfielder hit .307/.347/.467 with 18 home runs, 96 RBI, and 18 stolen bases over 131 games this season with High-A High Desert and participated in this July’s Futures Game.

Hat-tip to MLB Fan Cave for the link.

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.