Rangers and 3B Beltre agree on 2-year extension through 2018

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ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star third baseman Adrian Beltre and the Texas Rangers have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension through the 2018 season.

The Rangers announced the extension after their 11-5 loss to Baltimore on Friday night, and scheduled a news conference for Saturday with the 37-year-old Beltre, general manager Jon Daniels and manager Jeff Banister.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the extension is worth $36 million. That person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team didn’t not reveal the financial terms.

Beltre is in the final season of the $96 million, six-year deal he initially signed with the Rangers as a free agent before the 2011 season. He is making $16 million this year.

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.