The Atlanta Braves lefthander gets some unwarranted flak because of his 2023 injuries, but he’s historically provided both above-average production and performance

Fans of the Atlanta Braves have been pressing for the team to acquire a “frontline starter” this offseason, an acquisition that is easier said than done.

Not many of those supposed aces have been available this winter, with Aaron Nola re-signing with the Philadelphia Phillies (despite being reportedly offered more money by Atlanta) and both Shohei Ohtani (who won’t pitch in 2024) and Yoshinobu Yamamoto (who’s never pitched in MLB) signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

And some of the reason that fans have been asking for another frontline starter has been because one of their current aces, lefty Max Fried, is “injury prone” and can’t be counted on to be available for the postseason.

But is that really true? Is Max Fried really injury prone? Let’s dive into it.

Sep 29, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried (54) talks to starting pitcher Charlie Morton (50) in the dugout against the Washington Nationals in the third inning at Truist Park.

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