TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ AL stolen base champion Brian Hunter asked an arbitration panel Friday for a raise from $1.75 million to $2.45 million, and the Seattle Mariners argued he should be paid the same salary.

Hunter, a 28-year-old outfielder, hit .232 last season with four homers, 34 RBIs and 44 steals in 52 attempts. It was the fewest stolen bases for an AL champion since Baltimore's Luis Aparicio won with 40 in 1963.

Seattle acquired Hunter from Detroit on April 28 for a pair of minor leaguers. He began the year in a 13-for-55 slump with no RBIs and no steals in three attempts.

Arbitrators Roger Kaplan, Stephen Goldberg, Elliot Shriftman heard the case and were expected to make a decision by Sunday.