Players 3-0 in Arbitration
NEW YORK (AP) _ Baseball players are 3-0 in salary arbitration following Mark Lewis’ victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The shortstop, who argued his case on Tuesday, was awarded $670,000 Wednesday by arbitrator Roberto Creo, up from $190,000. Detroit had offered $450,000 to Lewis, who hit .339 with three homers and 30 RBIs in 81 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season.
Lewis, expected to replace Lou Whitaker at second base, was acquired by Detroit from Cincinnati following the season.
Creo did not decide the other case he heard Tuesday, which involved Montreal Expos pitcher Jeff Fassero.
Two players settled Wednesday, leaving 13 remaining in arbitration.
Right-hander Hipolito Pichardo and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a two-year contract worth $1,275,000.
Pichardo will get $575,000 this season and $700,000 next year. His 1997 salary could increase to as much as $900,000, depending on his 1996 performance. He was 8-4 with a 4.36 ERA in 44 relief appearances last season.
Pinch-hitter John Vander Wal and the Colorado Rockies agreed to a one-year contract worth $492,500, a raise of $192,500.
Vander Wal, who set a major league record last season with 28 pinch hits, had asked for $590,000. Colorado had offered $425,000. He hit .347 last season with five homers and 21 RBIs in 101 at-bats.