Mariners beat reliever Wilhelmsen in year's final arbitration case
FEB 22, 6:14a ET | AP
Rotowire: Feb 21 / 12:29p ET
News: Wilhelmsen lost his arbitration case and will make $1.4 million in 2015, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Impact: Wilhelmsen had proposed a $2.2 million salary figure, which would have been nearly five times as much as he made last season. The arbitration panel felt that number was too high even for a player who posted a 2.27 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 79.1 innings in 2014. However, Wilhelmsen is just in his first year of arbitration and should be in line for a big raise next winter if he's able to come close to repeating last year's numbers.
StatsLLC: Feb 21 / 12:00a ET
News: The Seattle Mariners have defeated Wilhelmsen in baseball's final salary arbitration decision this year.
Impact: Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Willemsen was awarded the team's $1.4 million offer rather than his $2.2 million request. The 31-year-old right-hander was 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA last season in 57 relief appearances and made $528,800. He saved 53 games in 63 chances the previous two years but had command problems and lost the closer's job.