May 28, 2024

Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves talked about extending his contract during the offseason.

The Atlanta Braves and star pitcher Max Fried reportedly discussed a potential contract extension prior to the 2023 season, but nothing came of the reports that surfaced on Tuesday.

The Atlanta Braves and star pitcher Max Fried reportedly discussed a potential contract extension prior to the 2023 season, but nothing came of the reports that surfaced on Tuesday.

The original report can be accessed through a link provided below, courtesy of MLBTradeRumors (subscription required).

Before the 2018 season began, the Braves and left-hander Max Fried had discussions about a contract extension, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Justin Toscano. Needless to say, no deal was made, and it’s unclear if the parties have since held any more discussions.

Due to the lefty’s approaching 30th birthday and impending entry into his final year of arbitration, the Braves may wish to resume contract negotiations during this offseason. The clock is probably running out to get something done because players typically dislike dealing with contract issues during the season.

Fried’s willingness to sign an extension or pursue free agency in the upcoming offseason is unknown at this time.

Injured for a large portion of 2023, Fried only pitched 77.2 innings. When he did pitch, he was 8-1 and contributed to the Braves winning the National League East, making for a very successful season.

He’s 62-26 in his lifetime across seven seasons. In the COVID 2020 season, he went a perfect 7-0, helping the Braves to win the 2021 World Series. He forms one of the greatest duos in baseball with Spencer Strider.

We’ll see what happens over the next few months, but Fried would probably be in line for a huge payday if he were to go on the open market after 2024.

 

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