Tigers Beat Hunter in Arbitration
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Detroit made it 5-0 for baseball owners in salary arbitration this year, beating outfielder Brian Hunter on Saturday.
Hunter was awarded the Tigers’ figure of $1.75 million by arbitrator Jerome Ross, who heard the case Friday, rather than his $2.75 million request.
Hunter made $562,500 in 1998, hitting .254 with four homers, 36 RBIs and 42 stolen bases in 54 attempts.
Owners have won all four of the decisions issued thus far. Nine players remain in arbitration, with their hearing scheduled for next week.
Montreal infielder Shane Andrews, Boston outfielder Midre Cummings, Kansas City outfielder Johnny Damon and Los Angeles infielder Mark Grudzielanek also lost their cases.