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Nationals win arbitration case against Michael Taylor

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Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor has lost his arbitration hearing against the club. He will earn $3.25 million in 2019. Taylor had requested $3.5 million. Going to war over $250K is kinda weird, but nothing surprises me in 2019.

Taylor, a backup outfielder, had a down year in 2018, hitting .227/.287/.357 (OPS+ 69) with six homers in 385 plate appearances.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.