Roundup: Howard, Phils $3 million apart in arbitration
Ryan Howard asked the Philadelphia Phillies for a $10 million contract in salary arbitration, and Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez requested $12.5 million when players and teams swapped figures.
In all, 62 of the 110 players who filed for arbitration Tuesday settled on terms before the swap of figures -- including 35 who reached agreements early Friday.
The Phillies offered Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, a $7 million salary. The $3 million gap between the sides was the largest among the 48 players who exchanged proposals with their teams. Rodriguez and the Angels were next at $2.5 million after the club offered him $10 million.
Baltimore ace Erik Bedard asked for $8 million, while the Orioles proposed $6 million. Houston reliever Jose Valverde, the major league leader with 47 saves last season for Arizona, requested $6.2 million and was offered $4.7 million by the Astros.
Hearings are scheduled for the first three weeks of February in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Holliday, runner-up for the NL MVP award last season, agreed to a $23 million, two-year contract - one of the few arbitration-eligible players to get a multiyear deal. The left fielder hit .340 with 36 homers and 137 RBIs, leading the Rockies to their first pennant. He finished a close second to Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins in MVP balloting.
Besides Holliday, Kansas City first baseman Ross Gload was the only other player to get a multiyear deal Friday ($3.2 million over two years).
The Diamondbacks agreed to one-year deals with five players: All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson ($6.25 million), catcher Chris Snyder ($1,875,000), right-handed relievers Brandon Lyon ($3,125,000) and Chad Qualls ($1,312,500), and infielder Chris Burke ($955,000).
Other players agreeing to one-year deals Friday included Seattle pitcher Horacio Ramirez ($2.75 million), Colorado outfielder Willy Taveras ($1,975,000), Texas catcher Gerald Laird ($1.6 million), Florida pitcher Sergio Mitre ($1.2 million), Yankees infielder Wilson Betemit ($1,165,000), St. Louis outfielder Rick Ankiel ($900,000), Boston reliever Javier Lopez ($840,000), Detroit reliever Bobby Seay ($780,000), San Diego pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma ($620,000) and Dodgers outfielder Jason Repko ($487,500).
Also getting contracts were Angels first baseman Casey Kotchman ($1.45 million), Atlanta outfielder Matt Diaz ($1,225,000), Mets reliever Aaron Heilman ($1.2 million), Angels third baseman Maicer Izturis ($1.2 million), Florida pitcher Sergio Mitre ($1.2 million), Yankees infielder Wilson Betemit ($1,165,000), Pirates reliever John Grabow ($1,135,000), Royals lefty Jorge De La Rosa ($1,025,000), Marlins outfielder Alfredo Amezaga ($945,000), St. Louis outfielder Rick Ankiel ($900,000), Boston reliever Javier Lopez ($840,000), Detroit reliever Bobby Seay ($780,000), San Diego pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma ($620,000) and Dodgers outfielder Jason Repko ($487,500).
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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