Braves sign Eric Stults

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Add another name to the list of fifth starter candidates for the Braves. According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, Atlanta has signed left-hander Eric Stults to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Stults posted some decent numbers during his time with the Padres, with a 3.87 ERA across 79 starts and four relief appearances while showing good control. However, the 35-year-old had an 88 ERA+ in that timespan and only averaged 5.6 K/9. It’s hard to get too excited about that.

The Braves have a host of other candidates for the fifth starter job, including Manny Banuelos, Michael Foltynewicz, David Hale, Chien-Ming Wang, Wandy Rodriguez, and James Russell. For what it’s worth, Bowman now pegs Stults and Foltynewicz as the early front-runners, with Banuelos likely to get some more time in the minors.

Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz win arbitration cases

Jesús Aguilar
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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the players picked up three arbitration victories thanks to Jesús Aguilar, Brian Goodwin, and Aledmys Díaz. Each player was arbitration-eligible for the first time.

The players have now won four of 10 arbitration cases thus far. Historically, teams have won the majority of arbitration cases and that continues to be the case this year. However, at least today’s results move the needle back towards the middle.

Aguilar filed for $2.575 million while the Marlins countered at $2.325 million.

Goodwin filed for $2.2 million; the Angels $1.85 million.

Díaz $2.6 million, Astros $2 million.

There are three arbitration cases remaining, two of which belong to the Phillies (J.T. Realmuto, Héctor Neris). The Diamondbacks have the other with Archie Bradley.