Report: Cubs’ scouts were at Yankee Stadium over the weekend

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George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Cubs had scouts in attendance at Yankee Stadium over the weekend to scout relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller, and Aroldis Chapman. The Yankees, who enter play Monday at 37-37 in fourth place, could move some players by the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, and that includes any of its deadly trio of relievers.

Chapman has 15 saves with a 2.70 ERA and a 31/3 K/BB ratio in 20 innings. He’s eligible for free agency after the season.

Andrew Miller has seven saves with a 1.10 ERA and a 60/3 K/BB ratio in 32 2/3 innings. He is under contract for $9 million per season through 2018.

Dellin Betances has a 2.97 ERA and a 66/8 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He will enter his first year of arbitration eligibility after this season.

The Cubs are no slouches when it comes to the bullpen — its aggregate reliever ERA of 3.64 is fifth-best in the National League — but it couldn’t hurt a seriously competitive team to add an impact reliever. The Royals’ recent success, which includes one AL pennant and one championship in the last two years, is owed in part to its lights out bullpen. As a result, many teams are mimicking the focus on the back end of the bullpen, which is great for teams like the Yankees who have it in spades.

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.