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Kim and Rockies argue first arbitration case of the year

2/1/2006 - MLB Sunny Kim Colorado Rockies + more

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.

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.