Remember on the last day of the season how Jordan Zimmermann threw a no-hitter? And how the final out of that no-hitter came on a pretty nifty catch by center fielder Steven Souza? After that there was talk of Zimmermann getting Souza some sort of gift for the great effort. He mentioned a BMW once, but that was, apparently, a joke.
Here’s what he really got him:
On Wednesday, Souza revealed to MLB.com that Zimmermann gave him a Best Buy gift certificate. Souza declined to say how much the gift certificate was worth, but the present from Zimmermann helped Souza out big time.
“I cannot disclose the amount. He gave a gift certificate to help me out for my house. It was very thoughtful,” Souza said.
Depending on how generous Zimmermann was, Souza may now be the proud owner of an HDMI cable. And, perhaps — if he was super generous — an extended warranty on said HDMI cable. If he was less generous maybe he was able to snag a “Friends” DVD box set. Really, the possibilities are endless here. It’s Best Buy we’re talking about. They totally outfitted the 90s and they can outfit you too.
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.