Pitcher Wandy Rodriguez lost to the Houston Astros in salary arbitration yesterday, and will be paid $5 million this season instead of the $7 million he sought.
Arbitrators Richard Bloch, Elizabeth Neumeier, and Fredric Horowitz made their decision a day after hearing the case.
A 31-year-old lefthander, Rodriguez was 14-12 last season with a 3.02 ERA, ninth in the National League among qualifiers. He struck out a career-high 193, also ninth, and made $2.65 million. His 192 hits allowed also were a career high and 21 homers allowed were one shy of his worst.
Owners lead players, 3-2, with two cases pending. Angels catcher Jeff Mathis asked yesterday for a raise from $450,000 to $1.3 million, and the team argued that he should be paid $700,000. A decision is expected today. Lefthander Sean Burnett asked arbitrators for $925,000, and the Nationals argued for $775,000.
Aybar, Angels agree
Infielder Erick Aybar
and the Angels agreed to a $2.05 million, one-year contract that avoided a salary arbitration hearing.
Aybar batted .312 with five homers and 58 RBIs last season. He can earn an additional $100,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 575 and 625 plate appearances.
Aybar was seeking a $2.75 million deal after making $460,000 last year. The Angels countered with an offer of $1.8 million.
Chapman works out
The Reds opened spring training at their new facility in Goodyear, Ariz., with Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman
getting much of the attention. The hard-throwing lefthander worked out with the team for the first time since signing a six-year, $30.25 million deal in January. “He threw pretty good,’’ said catcher Ramon Hernandez
. “I’d heard he was a little wild, but I was impressed with what I saw.’’ . . . The Mariners have set Feb. 24 as the target date for lefthander Cliff Lee’s
first bullpen session of spring training. Lee is coming off of foot surgery, and his workouts have been limited . . . Pirates reliever Joel Hanrahan
will miss the start of the regular season because of an injured right elbow and there is no timetable for his return. An MRI taken last week showed inflammation but no structural damage. He’ll have another MRI Tuesday and then see Dr. James Andrews
Thursday for a second opinion . . . Nationals lefthander Ross Detwiler
will miss at least three months after undergoing surgery to repair torn right hip cartilage.
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