No ar­bi­tra­tion for Foltynewicz, 3 oth­ers

The Beaufort Gazette - - Sports - BY GABRIEL BURNS

The Braves avoided ar­bi­tra­tion with starter Mike Foltynewicz ($5.475 mil­lion), re­liever Arodys Viz­caino ($4.8 mil­lion), util­i­ty­man Char­lie Cul­ber­son ($1.395 mil­lion) and out­fielder Adam Du­vall ($2.9 mil­lion) be­fore the 1 p.m. Fri­day dead­line.

Foltynewicz, who lost in ar­bi­tra­tion a year ago, earned a raise of more than $3 mil­lion. A first­time All-Star, “Folty” pro­duced a 2.85 ERA with 202 strike­outs across 31 starts in 2018. He’s ex- pected to be the team’s Open­ing Day starter.

There were rum­blings that the Braves could non­tender Viz­caino, but they chose the safer route. De­spite in­juries, Viz­caino turned in a ca­reer-best 16 saves. The Braves hope to im­prove their bullpen, but Viz­caino is slot­ted as the team’s pri­mary closer for now.

Cul­ber­son was a god­send, plug­ging any po­si­tion nec­es­sary. The Rome na­tive hit .270 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 113 games. He’ll con­tinue his su­pe­rutil­ity role in 2019.

Du­vall at $2.9 mil­lion was a tick be­low MLB Trade Ru­mors’ $3.1 pro­jec­tion. He strug­gled with in­con­sis­tent play­ing time af­ter his trade to the Braves, but they want to give him spring train­ing to se­cure a role on the team.

The team’s re­main­ing ar­bi­tra­tion-el­i­gi­ble play­ers in­clude starter Kevin Gaus­man and re­liev­ers Sam Freeman, Jonny Ven­ters and Dan Win­kler. Gaus­man’s salary projects north of $9 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to MLB Trade Ru­mors.


Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz no longer has to worry about ar­bi­tra­tion. The team gave him a raise of more than $3 mil­lion to $5.475 mil­lion.

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