Outfielder Brown beats Royals in arbitration

Updated: February 8, 2006, 1:57 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Emil Brown defeated the Kansas City Royals in salary arbitration Thursday and will get his request for $1,775,000 rather than the team's offer of $1.4 million.

Brown set career highs last season by hitting .286 with 31 doubles, 17 homers and 86 RBI for the Royals, who had the worst record in the major leagues at 56-106. He made $355,000 and became eligible for arbitration for the first time.

He played with Pittsburgh and San Diego from 1997-01, then spent three years out of the major leagues. Kansas City signed him in December 2004 as a free agent.

Brown's case was decided by arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Jack Clarke and John Sands, who heard the case Wednesday.

In the only other case argued this year, pitcher Sunny Kim lost to the Colorado Rockies and will make $600,000 rather than $800,000. Thirteen players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 20.

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