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Tigers’ Garcia Wins in Arbitration

February 2, 2000

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Outfielder Karim Garcia won his salary arbitration case against the Detroit Tigers today when a panel chose his $700,000 request instead of the team’s $470,000 offer.

It was the first time since 1996 a player won the first arbitration case of the season.

Garcia, 24, hit .240 last year with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in 288 at-bats and made $270,000.

The decision was made by arbitrators Robert Light, Richard Kasher and Jack Clarke, who heard arguments Tuesday.

Three other Tigers remain among the 34 still in arbitration: shortstop Deivi Cruz, left-hander C.J. Nitkowski and catcher Gregg Zaun.

Two players in arbitration settled Tuesday, with St. Louis shortstop Edgar Renteria getting a $20 million, four-year contract and Texas right-hander Esteban Loaiza getting a $2.65 million, one-year deal.

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