Pirates OF Jones loses arbitration, gets $2.25M

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Outfielder Garrett Jones has lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the final salary arbitration of the year.

Jones was awarded the team’s offer of a $2.25 million salary by a three-person panel on Thursday rather than his request of $2.5 million. Arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Dan Brent and Matt Goldberg made the decision one day after hearing arguments.

Jones hit .243 with 30 doubles, 16 homers and 58 RBIs last year, when he made $455,500. He played 90 games in right field and 34 at first base.

Teams finished with a 5-2 advantage in arbitration decisions this year, their 14th winning record in 16 years. Pirates third baseman Casey McGehee, who had been the last player scheduled for a hearing, agreed to a one-year deal for $2,537,500 — the midpoint between his request for $2,725,000 and the team’s $2.35 million offer.

McGehee hit .223 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs last season for the Milwaukee Brewers, who traded him to Pittsburgh on Dec. 12 for reliever Jose Veras.