Former Braves, Red Sox reliever Anthony Varvaro becomes a police officer

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Remember Anthony Varvaro? Braves fans probably do. The righty reliever appeared in 153 games between 2011 and 2014, posting a  126 ERA+ in those seasons.

Following the 2014 seasons he was traded to the Red Sox, where he appeared in only nine games before being waived a month into the season and claimed by the Cubs. Who, in turn, returned him to the Red Sox after an MRI revealed that he had a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He’d gut through a few more minor league games in 2015 and 2016, but that was it for his career. He retired this past June.

But his second career is just getting underway. The police department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced over the weekend that Varvaro, who is from Staten Island, was one of 80 officers in its 2016 training class. The Port Authority police force, which consists of over 1,700 officers, patrols the trains, subways, seaports, airports in the New York area.

It stinks that his shoulder didn’t cooperate with his pitching career, but it’s nice to see someone find something to fall back on.

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.