Report: Dodgers first-round pick Walker Buehler needs Tommy John surgery

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After No. 35 overall pick Kyle Funkhouser announced earlier today that he elected to return to Louisville for his senior season, the Dodgers were able to sign No. 24 overall pick Walker Buehler. According to Jim Callis of MLB.com, Buehler will receive a $1.78 million bonus, which is $314,400 under the estimated slot value. Now we know why the Dodgers were able to get him at a discount:

The 20-year-old Buehler got a late start on his Junior season at Vanderbilt due to elbow soreness, but he still finished with a 2.97 ERA and an 81/25 K/BB ratio in 78 2/3 innings as the team’s No. 2 starter behind Carson Fulmer. Still, concerns about his size (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) and durability ultimately saw him fall in last month’s draft. The Dodgers are surely happy to have Buehler in the fold after missing out on Funkhouser, but Tommy John surgery could keep him from making his pro debut until 2017.

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.