Royals hire Guardians’ Brian Sweeney as pitching coach

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Royals hired Guardians bullpen coach Brian Sweeney as their new pitching coach and Nationals minor league coordinator Jose Alguacil as their infield coach, filling two of the spots on new manager Matt Quatraro’s staff.

The 48-year-old Sweeney spent five seasons on the Guardians staff, including the last three overseeing the bullpen. He also spent time in the Phillies’ player development system after an 18-year playing career career that spanned time with Seattle and San Diego to three years pitching in Japan and time with Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

Alguacil had spent 15 years in the Giants organization before spending last season in Washington. He worked in various roles in San Francisco, including infield coordinator, minor league manager and big league first base coach, after a nine-year playing career and beginning his coaching career with the Expos and Nationals.

Quatraro, who was hired to replace the fired Mike Matheny in Kansas City, had previously announced the addition of former Tampa Bay major league field coordinator Paul Hoover as his bench coach.

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.