Padres extend Andy Green through 2021

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Padres’ manager Andy Green has received a three-year contract extension, the club announced Sunday. The extension will take him through the 2021 season, bringing his tenure to a full six years since he joined the team in 2016.

It hasn’t been the smoothest path for San Diego’s skipper, who guided the Padres to a 68-94 record in 2016 and watched them struggle to a 51-65 mark entering Sunday’s series finale against the Dodgers. While they’re still in the thick of a lengthy rebuilding process, one that began well before Green was brought on board, the club could be ready to contend in the final years of Green’s new contract.

For Padres’ GM A.J. Preller, however, it’s Green’s managerial style that commands the most respect. He cited Green’s boldness and creativity, key components of his strategy despite occasionally leading to some less-than-ideal results. “Having Andy here and having people understand that he’s the guy that’s going to lead us, that’s really important,” the GM told reporters Sunday. “I think it sends a message to the industry, it sends a message to your team.”

First Wil Myers echoed the sentiment, calling Green one of the more intelligent minds in the game. “His knowledge of the game is very impressive,” Myers said prior to taking the field. “To be able to continue to play for a guy like that is very exciting.”

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.