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).
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.