Alfonzo, Meares Get Big Raises
Feb. 10, 1998
NEW YORK (AP) _ Edgar Alfonzo, who led the New York Mets in hitting last season, will get a 714 percent raise this season to $1.75 million.
Minnesota shortstop Pat Meares, who will get $2.5 million, also was among five players in arbitration who settled Monday. St. Louis utility player John Mabry agreed to $1.4 million, Detroit pitcher Bryce Florie to $600,000 and Seattle pitcher Felipe Lira to $415,000.
Twenty-five players remain in arbitration, with the first case scheduled to be argued today in Phoenix.
Alfonzo, a 24-year-old infielder, hit .315 last season with 10 homers and 72 RBIs. He made $215,000 and asked for $2.25 million in arbitration. New York countered with $1.25 million.
Meares was asking for $2.8 million, while the Twins were offering $2.25 million. He earned $1,425,000 last season, his fifth in Minnesota, while hitting a career-best .276 with 10 homers and 60 RBIs.
Mabry, who can play the outfield, first base and third base, hit .284 last season with five homers and 36 RBIs in 116 games. He had just one at-bat after breaking his jaw when struck by a line drive Aug. 19.
He was asking $1.95 million in arbitration after making $390,000 last season. The Cardinals offered $1.2 million.
Florie, a 27-year-old right-hander acquired by Detroit in the offseason, was 4-4 with a 4.32 ERA for Milwaukee in eight starts and 24 relief appearances.
Florie asked for $825,000 in arbitration and was offered $450,000. He made $200,000 last season.
Lira was 5-11 last season with a 6.34 ERA in 18 starts and 10 relief appearances. He made $285,000 last season, asked for $750,000 in arbitration and was offered $325,000.