The Astros’ George Springer has become a really fun player to watch. He’s good at the plate, as he has an .826 OPS with nine home runs to date, and he’s a good runner. Along with that, he plays solid defense in right field, as shown on Thursday night when he robbed White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu of a home run.
In the bottom of the first inning, Abreu hit a 1-1, 92 MPH Collin McHugh fastball for what looked to be an opposite-field solo home run. Springer took a loopy route, but found his way enough to time his leap and snag the ball to rob Abreu of a home run.
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If not for that meddling Springer, Abreu would have had his seventh home run.
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.