Braves avoid ar­bi­tra­tion with Foltynewicz, and six oth­ers

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS -

The Braves have agreed to a $5,475,000, oneyear deal with Mike Foltynewicz, avoid­ing ar­bi­tra­tion with the Al­lS­tar right-han­der.

At­lanta also avoided ar­bi­tra­tion with its other six play­ers who were el­i­gi­ble, agree­ing with right-han­der Kevin Gaus­man ($9.35 mil­lion), re­liev­ers Sam Free­man ($1,575,000), Arodys Viz­caíno ($4.8 mil­lion) and Dan Win­kler ($1.61 mil­lion), in­fielder Charlie Cul­ber­son ($1,395,000) and out­fielder Adam Du­vall ($2,875,000).

Foltynewicz went 13-10 with a 2.85 ERA and 202 strike­outs last sea­son and was a big rea­son the Braves were the sur­prise NL East cham­pi­ons. His role as staff ace was clear when he was the choice of man­ager Brian Snitker to pitch Game 1 of the NL Di­vi­sion Se­ries against the Dodgers.

Du­vall hit only .132 with no homers in 53 at-bats af­ter com­ing to the Braves in a trade July 30. Even so, he is a strong de­fen­sive cor­ner out­fielder who hit more than 30 homers in both 2016 and 2017 with Cincin­nati.

Af­ter go­ing 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA in 21 starts with Bal­ti­more, Gaus­man pros­pered fol­low­ing a mid­sea­son trade to the Braves. He was 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 10 starts.

Viz­caino, who has bat­tled shoul­der prob­lems, shared save chances with A.J. Min­ter last sea­son. He fin­ished with 16 saves in 18 chances and a 2.11 ERA, and his health will be a key to bullpen plans for 2019.

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