Rockies beat Kim in first arbitration case of year

Updated: February 2, 2006, 4:22 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Colorado Rockies defeated Sunny Kim on Thursday in the first salary arbitration case of the year, and the pitcher will earn $600,000 rather than the $800,000 he had asked for.

Sunny Kim

The decision was made by arbitrators Stephen Goldberg, Gil Vernon and John Sands, who heard the case Wednesday.

A 28-year-old right-hander, Kim went 6-3 with a 4.90 ERA in 10 starts and 14 relief appearances last year for the Washington Nationals and the Rockies. Colorado claimed him off waivers on Aug. 5.

Kim made the $316,000 minimum last year.

Also, catcher Yorvit Torrealba and the Rockies agreed to an $850,000, one-year contract, avoiding a hearing. The Rockies obtained Torrealba from the Seattle Mariners on Dec. 7.

Torrealba hit .234 with three homers and 15 RBI in 76 games with San Francisco and Seattle last season. He can earn up to $150,000 in bonuses based on starts as a catcher and plate appearances, getting the full amount with 115 starts at catcher and 425 plate appearances.

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