Ryan Howard asked the Philadelphia Phillies for
a $10 million contract in salary arbitration, and Los Angeles Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez requested $12.5 million when
players and teams swapped figures.
In all, 62 of the 110 players who filed for arbitration Tuesday
settled on terms before the swap of figures -- including 35 who
reached agreements early Friday.
The Phillies offered Howard, the 2006 NL MVP, a $7 million
salary. The $3 million gap between the sides was the largest among
the 48 players who exchanged proposals with their teams. Rodriguez
and the Angels were next at $2.5 million after the club offered him
Baltimore ace Erik Bedard asked for $8 million, while the
Orioles proposed $6 million. Houston reliever Jose Valverde, the
major league leader with 47 saves last season for Arizona,
requested $6.2 million and was offered $4.7 million by the Astros.
Hearings are scheduled for the first three weeks of February in
St. Petersburg, Fla.
Holliday, runner-up for the NL MVP award last season, agreed to
a $23 million, two-year contract - one of the few
arbitration-eligible players to get a multiyear deal. The left
fielder hit .340 with 36 homers and 137 RBIs, leading the Rockies
to their first pennant. He finished a close second to
Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins in MVP balloting.
Besides Holliday, Kansas City first baseman Ross Gload was the
only other player to get a multiyear deal Friday ($3.2 million over
The Diamondbacks agreed to one-year deals with five players:
All-Star second baseman Orlando Hudson ($6.25 million), catcher
Chris Snyder ($1,875,000), right-handed relievers Brandon Lyon
($3,125,000) and Chad Qualls ($1,312,500), and infielder Chris
Other players agreeing to one-year deals Friday included Seattle
pitcher Horacio Ramirez ($2.75 million), Colorado outfielder Willy
Taveras ($1,975,000), Texas catcher Gerald Laird ($1.6 million),
Florida pitcher Sergio Mitre ($1.2 million), Yankees infielder
Wilson Betemit ($1,165,000), St. Louis outfielder Rick Ankiel
($900,000), Boston reliever Javier Lopez ($840,000), Detroit
reliever Bobby Seay ($780,000), San Diego pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma
($620,000) and Dodgers outfielder Jason Repko ($487,500).
Also getting contracts were Angels first baseman Casey Kotchman
($1.45 million), Atlanta outfielder Matt Diaz ($1,225,000), Mets
reliever Aaron Heilman ($1.2 million), Angels third baseman Maicer
Izturis ($1.2 million), Florida pitcher Sergio Mitre ($1.2
million), Yankees infielder Wilson Betemit ($1,165,000), Pirates
reliever John Grabow ($1,135,000), Royals lefty Jorge De La Rosa
($1,025,000), Marlins outfielder Alfredo Amezaga ($945,000), St.
Louis outfielder Rick Ankiel ($900,000), Boston reliever Javier
Lopez ($840,000), Detroit reliever Bobby Seay ($780,000), San Diego
pitcher Wilfredo Ledezma ($620,000) and Dodgers outfielder Jason