Woman says he paid her $40 for sex

Updated: January 31, 2005, 1:22 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Denny Neagle's grievance against the Colorado Rockies to overturn the team's termination of his contract will be heard on April 14-15 by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das.

Colorado terminated the pitcher's contract on Dec. 6, three days after he was issued a citation for solicitation. Neagle pleaded innocent last week to the charge, which stems from an allegation that he offered a woman $40 for sex.

Neagle, who has not pitched in a game since July 2003 because of injuries, agreed in December 2000 to a $51 million, five-year contract that called for him to be paid $10 million this year. In addition, the deal contains a $12.5 million team option for 2006 with a $9 million buyout, meaning he would be owed $19 million by the Rockies if Das rules in his favor.

In terminating Neagle's deal, Colorado cited the provision in the uniform player contract that states the team can end the agreement if the player shall "fail, refuse or neglect to conform his personal conduct to the standards of good citizenship and good sportsmanship."

The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance against the termination on Dec. 14.

Neagle, 36, has a 124-92 career record with a 4.24 ERA over 11 seasons, going 19-23 with a 5.57 ERA for the Rockies. The left-hander has had elbow ligament and shoulder operations since he last pitched.

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