The Marlins are building a Jose Fernandez memorial

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According to a report by FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Marlins are working on plans to construct a permanent memorial to the late José Fernández.

No details have been released yet, only that the memorial will be “something wonderful,” per team owner Jeffrey Loria’s comments. Heyman speculates that it could be centered around a statue or a pitcher’s mound to honor Fernández’s contributions to the sport. As it stands right now, the Marlins have a makeshift memorial set up outside the ballpark that has drawn thousands of mourners since Fernández died in a boating accident on September 25.

This will be the latest in a series of posthumous honors for the pitching phenom, who was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year in 2016 and whose jersey number has been permanently retired by the club. While the coroner’s report found alcohol and cocaine in Fernández’s system following the fatal crash, it doesn’t appear that the findings will have any bearing on the team’s decision to press forward with the memorial.

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.