Red Sox claim Juan Francisco off waivers from Blue Jays

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Third baseman/first baseman Juan Francisco was placed on waivers by the Blue Jays and claimed by the Red Sox.

Francisco is arbitration eligible and projected to make about $2.2 million in 2015, so it’s possible that the Red Sox may still non-tender him before the December 2 deadline. In the meantime he gives them a potential fallback option in case they miss out on signing free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval.

He strikes out a ton and isn’t much defensively, but Francisco homered 43 times in 910 plate appearances from 2012-2014 and the left-handed hitter has a .786 career OPS versus right-handed pitching.

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.