Yankees release Nathan Eovaldi

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Yankees have released pitcher Nathan Eovaldi as well as pitchers Joe Mantiply and Nick Rumbelow. Eovaldi had been designated for assignment on November 20.

Eovaldi, 26, made 21 starts and three relief appearances before his season was ended in August due to a partially torn UCL and a torn flexor tendon. The right-hander posted a 4.76 ERA with a 97/40 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings.

Eovaldi is expected to miss the entirety of the 2017 season after undergoing surgery, but given his age and skills — his fastball velocity sat at 97.1 MPH on average — there will still be some teams willing to take a chance on him and wait out his rehab.

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.