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Parris Loses in Arbitration

February 11, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ While Ken Griffey Jr.’s trade to Cincinnati dominated baseball Thursday, his new teammate, Steve Parris lost his salary arbitration case against the Reds on Thursday.

Parris’ loss left players and owners with two wins each in arbitration. He will get $1.4 million instead of his request for $1,825,000.

The 32-year-old right-hander made $275,000 last season, when he went 11-4 with a 3.50 ERA _ all career bests _ in 21 starts and one relief appearance.

After failing to make the team during spring training _ he was the last pitcher cut _ Parris was brought up May 3 and became one of the Reds’ most effective starters.

Parris started and lost the wild-card tiebreaker playoff game against the New York Mets.

Arbitrators Richard Kaplan, Dan Brent and William Holley heard arguments in the case Wednesday.

Also Thursday, right-hander Mark Petkovsek avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Anaheim Angels.

Petkovsek, who was 10-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 64 relief appearances last season, was seeking a raise from $850,000 to $1.95 million. Anaheim countered with an offer of $1.3 million.

Two players argued their cases Thursday in Tampa, Fla., including Reds right-hander Scott Sullivan, who asked for a raise from $300,000 to $1.1 million. Cincinnati countered at $775,000.

Detroit left-hander C.J. Nitkowski asked for a raise from $300,000 to $950,000, with the Tigers countering at $600,000.

Sullivan’s case was heard by arbitrators Elisabeth Neumeier, Jeffrey Tener and James Gross, while Nitkowski’s was heard by William Holley, Stephen Goldberg and Tener.

Seventeen players remain in arbitration, with hearings scheduled through next week.

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