Marcus Stroman gets a six-game suspension

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Yesterday there was a report that Marcus Stroman wouldn’t get a suspension for throwing at Caleb Joseph’s head the other night. Thank goodness that report was wrong. Or, at the very least, thank goodness MLB changed its mind if that initial report did reflect the league’s thinking at the time:

Pitcher Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Caleb Joseph of the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Monday, September 15th game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Stroman’s suspension had been scheduled to begin tonight, when the Blue Jays are to continue their series at Baltimore. However, he has elected to appeal. Thus, his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

There’s no place for headhunting in Major League Baseball. Glad to see Major League Baseball agrees.

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.