Delgado, Sele Seeking Raises
NEW YORK (AP) _ Toronto first baseman Carlos Delgado sought $6.5 million and Texas pitcher Aaron Sele wanted $6.25 million, the top asking prices Tuesday when 38 players and teams exchanged salary arbitration figures.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and Baltimore catcher Charles Johnson both wanted at least $5 million.
A total of 62 players filed for arbitration last week. There were 14 settlements Tuesday, led by Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte’s one-year deal for $5.95 million.
The 38 players who swapped figures _ down from 60 last year _ are believed to be the fewest since 1979. Players who do not settle will be scheduled for arbitration hearings during the first three weeks of February, but no more than 10 cases are expected to go that far.
Delgado made $2.4 million last year when he hit .292 with 38 homers and 115 RBIs. The Blue Jays offered $4.2 million this season.
Sele earned $2.85 million last year when he went 19-11 with a 4.23 ERA. The Rangers offered $4.8 million.
Jeter and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who each made $750,000 last season, are both guaranteed big raises. Jeter asked for $5 million and was offered $3.2 million, and Rivera sought $4.25 million and was offered $3 million.
Johnson, traded from Los Angeles to Baltimore in the offseason, asked for $5.1 million and the Orioles offered $3.6 million.
The figures for other top players: Houston closer Billy Wagner ($3.3 million-$2 million); San Diego pitcher Sterling Hitchcock ($4.75 million-$3.85 million); New York Mets second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo ($3.85 million-$2.5 million); St. Louis pitcher Darren Oliver ($4.15 million-$3.55 million) and Chicago White Sox second baseman Ray Durham ($4.3 million-$3.35 million).
Cleveland reliever Ron Villone had the smallest range, asking for $500,000 and being offered $425,000.