Albert Hall of the Atlanta Braves lost his salary arbitration case Saturday, giving owners a 2-0 lead over players in cases decided so far.
Arbitrator Glenn Wong decided Hall will get $250,000, the same salary the outfielder made last year. Hall had asked for $310,000. Hall batted .247 last season with one homer, 15 runs batted in and 15 stolen bases.In the only other case decided so far, outfielder Dion James of the Braves lost.
Two players settled their cases Saturday, reducing the players in arbitration to 36.
Right-hander Mark Gubicza of the Kansas City Royals doubled his salary, agreeing to a one-year deal for $1.375 million. Gubicza went 20-8 last year, the third-most victories in the American League, and made $635,000.
He had a 2.70 earned-run average, the fourth-best in the league, and pitched 269 2-3 innings, second-most in the AL to Oakland's Dave Stewart. Gubicza struck out 183, sixth-most in the league.
He had asked for $1.425 million and the Royals offered $625,000.
Catcher Scott Bradley and the Seattle Mariners agreed to a one-year contract for $290,000, a raise of $130,000.
Bradley had asked for $330,000 and the Mariners had offered $225,000. He batted .257 last season with four homers and 333 RBI.
In addition to his base salary, Bradley can earn $30,000 in incentive bonus, $10,000 each for reaching three levels - 85 games played and 300 plate appearances, 100 games and 350 plate appearances and 130 games and 455 plate appearances.
No decisions were announced Saturday on two pending cases argued this past week, those of Seattle first baseman Steve Balboni, which was argued Thursday, and Houston first baseman Glenn Davis, which was heard Friday.