Arbitration Period Ends, Baseball Owners Win Most Cases

By: Asscociated Press
By: Asscociated Press

Friday Feb. 22, 2008
UNDATED (AP) -- Baseball's salary arbitration season has come to
a close with the owners having won six of the eight cases heard.
Pitcher Oliver Perez beat the New York Mets and will be paid 6.5
million dollars this year rather than the team's offer of 4
million, 725-thousand. The left-hander went 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA
last year, when he made less than 2.5 million. Los Angeles Angels reliever Francisco Rodriguez lost his case and will make 10 million dollars instead of his request for 12.5 million.

Despite the loss, Rodriguez ties the record for the highest
salary in an arbitration decision. He shares the mark with Alfonso
Soriano against Washington in 2006, and Ryan
Howard, who beat Philadelphia yesterday.

Rodriguez made 7.1 million dollars last year, when he tied for
second in the AL with 40 saves. He is eligible for free agency
after this season.
It's the 12th straight year the owners have beaten the players
in arbitration.

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