Kim and Rockies argue first arbitration case of the year

Updated: February 1, 2006, 7:39 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sunny Kim and the Colorado Rockies argued the first salary arbitration case of the year Wednesday, with the pitcher asking for a raise to $800,000 and the team offering $600,000.

Sunny Kim

The 28-year-old right-hander made the $316,000 minimum last year, when he went 6-3 with a 4.90 ERA in 10 starts and 14 relief appearances for the Washington Nationals and the Rockies. Colorado claimed him off waivers on Aug. 5.

His case was heard by arbitrators Stephen Goldberg, Gil Vernon and John Sands, and a decision is expected Thursday or Friday.

Twenty-four players remain in arbitration from the 100 who filed last month, with hearings scheduled through Feb. 20.

Only three cases went to hearings last year, the fewest since arbitration began in 1974. Owners went 2-1 -- their ninth straight winning record -- and lead players 265-198 overall.

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