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Atlanta Braves News: Arbitration cases, Mike Foltynewicz and more

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BRAVES NEWS

Braves avoid arbitration with three players.

Friday was the deadline for teams and arbitration eligible players to swap contract offers. The Braves avoided arbitration with Daniel Winkler and reliever Arodys Vizcaino. The team had already announced a deal for reliever Sam Freeman on Thursday.

Winkler received a one-year deal worth $610,000. Atlanta came to a $3.4 million agreement with Vizcaino while Freeman will receive $1.075 million.

The Braves however did not reach an agreement with starter Mike Foltynewicz and interestingly enough, the two sides were really close being just $100,000 apart. Foltynewicz asked for a salary at $2.3 million while the Braves settled at $2.2 million. If no deal is reached, an arbitrator will decide his salary for 2018.

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Cubs, Pirates have discussed Gerrit Cole trade

The Chicago Cubs are reportedly the latest team to hold trade talks with the Pirates in regards to starter Gerrit Cole. It looked like Cole was headed to Houston earlier this week but things cooled before a deal could be struck.