No arbitration for Foltynewicz, 3 others
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.