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Mike Foltynewicz loses arbitration hearing against Braves

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Right-hander Mike Foltynewicz lost his arbitration case against the Braves, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Saturday. Foltynewicz filed at $2.3 million and was met with a counteroffer of $2.2 million from the team.

This was Foltynewicz’s first year of arbitration eligibility. He’ll remain under team control through 2020 before entering free agency in 2021. The 26-year-old righty is coming off of his fourth year with Atlanta; he went 10-13 in 28 starts with a 4.79 ERA, 3.4 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 154 innings in 2017.

The Braves have now settled with all six of their arbitration-eligible players for the 2018 season, including right-handers Arodys Vizcaino ($3.4 million), Chase Whitley ($800,000) and Daniel Winkler ($610,000) and left-handers Rex Brothers ($1.1 million) and Sam Freeman ($1.075 million).

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.