Patterson, Gregg argue salaries at arbitration

PHOENIX -- Washington pitcher John Patterson and Florida
reliever Kevin Gregg argued their salary cases in front of
arbitration panels Monday.

John Patterson Patterson

Kevin Gregg Gregg

Patterson, eligible for arbitration for the first time, asked
arbitrators Elliott Shriftman, Dan Brent and Stephen Goldberg for a
raise from $450,000 to $1.85 million. The Nationals offered
$850,000, less than half.

Patterson was 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA in eight starts last year
before season-ending surgery on his pitching arm.

Gregg, acquired in November from the Los Angeles Angels, also
was eligible for the first time and asked arbitrators Jack Clarke,
Stephen Goldberg and Elizabeth Neumeier for a raise from $365,000
to $700,000. The Marlins argued for a $575,000 salary for Gregg,
who went 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA in 29 starts and three relief
appearances last year.

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Beimel and Tampa Bay backup
catcher Josh Paul were the first two players who went to
arbitration this year and lost their cases Saturday. Beimel will
get $912,500 and Paul $625,000.

Eight players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through
Feb. 20.