Injured Arizona RHP Miller wins in arbitration; players 2-0
PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Shelby Miller won his salary arbitration case on Thursday against Arizona after missing most of last season because of a torn elbow ligament, a decision that gave players a 2-0 record this year.
Miller was awarded a $200,000 raise to $4.9 million by arbitrators Robert Herzog, Gary Kendellen and Sylvia Skratek, who heard the case Wednesday. The Diamondbacks argued he should be paid the same salary as in 2017, when he lost in arbitration after asking for $5.1 million.
Houston closer Ken Giles and Miami first baseman Justin Bour went to hearings Thursday. A decision also is pending for Miami catcher J.T. Realmuto, whose case was heard Wednesday.
A 27-year-old right-hander, Miller was 2-2 in four starts last year. He left an outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 23, and Arizona said four days later he had a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He had surgery May 10.
Miller became an All-Star with Atlanta in 2015. He had a 3.02 ERA but went 6-17 and led the major leagues in losses.
He was traded after the season to Arizona in the deal that brought highly regarded infielder Dansby Swanson to the Braves along with outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitcher Aaron Blair. He then went 3-12 with a 6.15 ERA for the Diamondbacks.
All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts beat the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday and will get a raise from $950,000 to $10.5 million instead of the team’s $7.5 million offer.
Giles asked Phillip LaPorte, Andrew Strongin and Skratek for a raise from $555,100 to $4.6 million – $400,000 more than Houston’s offer. He had 34 saves in 38 chances and went 1-3 with a 2.30 ERA last year for Houston. While the Astros won their first World Series, Giles had an 11.74 ERA in the postseason and 27.00 ERA in a pair of World Series appearances, when he allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Bour asked arbitrators James Oldham, Steven Wolf and Mark Burstein for a raise from $552,500 to $3.4 million. Miami offered $3 million to the 29-year-old, who hit .289 last year with 25 homers and 83 RBIs.
Realmuto requested a raise from $562,500 to $3.5 million from Elizabeth Neumeier, Allen Ponak and Strongin, and the team offered $2.9 million. He hit .278 with 17 homers and 65 RBIs in his third full season.
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