Deep Thoughts: the Diamondbacks’ plan is starting off a bit rocky

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This is not one of those posts where, after a week of games, I am actually wringing my hands and worrying about anything. Or, since I don’t really give a rip about the Dbacks, not pretending to worry about anything on behalf of their fans. It’s just one of those “huh, look at that” kinds of things. It will even out soon.

But the Dbacks traded a lot for Shelby Miller and they’re paying a lot for Zack Greinke, and so far, this is how it’s going:

Greinke’s first start: 4 IP, 9 H, 7 ER, 2K, 3 HR;
Greinke’s second start: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 8K, 0 HR;

Miller’s first start: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 2K, 3 HR;
Miller’s second start: 5 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 6K, 2 HR

Combined, that’s 31 hits, 21 earned runs and eight homers in 21 innings. Works out to a 9.00 ERA and a 1.81 WHIP. Which is not good.

It’ll get better. But hoo boy, it’s hard to see how it could’ve been worse.

Max Fried loses to Braves in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried lost to the Atlanta Braves in salary arbitration and will make $13.5 million in the upcoming season instead of his $15 million request.

Mark Burstein, Fredric Horowitz and Jeanne Vonhof issued their decision a day after hearing arguments.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year in arbitration instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal.

He followed former Atlanta teammate Dansby Swanson in going to a hearing in consecutive years. Swanson, a shortstop, lost in 2021 and won last year, then signed a seven-year, $177 million contract with the Chicago Cubs.

The last player to win hearings in consecutive years was pitcher Trevor Bauer against Cleveland in 2018 and 2019.

Fried, a 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.

In 2021, Fried pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.