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Sources: Foltynewicz loses arbitration case

Righty will reportedly receive $2.2 million salary for 2018 season
February 10, 2018

ATLANTA -- The Braves won their arbitration hearing against right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, according to sources. He will receive the team's $2.2 million salary offer instead of the $2.3 million figure he requested after the two parties ended negotiations last month.Though he lost the hearing, Foltynewicz is still receiving a

ATLANTA -- The Braves won their arbitration hearing against right-handed pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, according to sources. He will receive the team's $2.2 million salary offer instead of the $2.3 million figure he requested after the two parties ended negotiations last month.
Though he lost the hearing, Foltynewicz is still receiving a nice pay raise during his first arbitration-eligible season. The 26-year-old right-hander made $544,000 in 2017, as he went 10-13 and posted a 4.79 ERA over 29 appearances (28 starts).
As a file-and-trial club, the Braves ended negotiations regarding any one-year offers once they were required to exchange arbitration figures with Foltynewicz on Jan. 12. The two parties never seriously discussed a multi-year deal and thus ended up going to the hearing, despite there being just $100,000 separating their exchanged figures.

Foltynewicz has posted a 4.87 ERA over the 85 appearances (65 starts) made since he broke into the big leagues as an Astros reliever during the latter part of the 2014 season. The 26-year-old right-hander was traded to the Braves a few months later and has spent portions of each of the past three seasons in Atlanta's rotation.
While producing a 4.81 ERA over his 65 career starts, Foltynewicz has been frustrated by inconsistent stretches, within which he has shown his great potential and also provided the Braves a reminder he is far from a finished product.
Foltynewicz threw to a 3.30 ERA through his first 11 starts last season and then surrendered eight earned runs over 3 1/3 innings during a June 12 game at Nationals Park. He posted a 2.95 ERA over the next seven starts and then allowed at least five earned runs in four of the five starts that followed.