Seattle Mariners’ Adam Frazier and Kansas City Royals’ Andrew Benintendi win pay arbitration lawsuits
NEW YORK — – Seattle second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier and Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi won their salary arbitration lawsuit on Friday.
Frazier was awarded $8 million rather than the Mariners’ $6.7 million offer by the panel of Margaret Brogan, Frederic Horowitz and Brian Keller, which heard the case on May 2.
“Excitement, of course,” said Frazier, who listened to the four-hour Zoom session when Major League Baseball and the Mariners clashed with Frazier’s rep and the players’ association. “My agent and the AP did a great job presenting the case. Obviously I’m going to make money anyway.”
Benintendi will receive $8.5 million instead of the $7.3 million offer from the Royals under the decision of Mark Burstein, Keith Greenberg and Steven Wolf, who listened to arguments on Thursday.
In the first two refereeing decisions on Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves beat third baseman Austin Riley and the St. Louis Cardinals beat outfielder Tyler O’Neill.
Frazier was an All-Star for the first time last year, when he hit .305 with five home runs and 43 RBIs in 155 games for Pittsburgh and San Diego, who traded him to the Mariners in November. He earned $4.3 million last year.
Benintendi hit 276 with 17 home runs and 73 RBIs last year, earning a Gold Glove in his first season with the Royals. He was acquired from Boston in February 2021 in a three-team trade that also involved the New York Mets. The 27-year-old earned $6.6 million last season and is eligible for free agency after this year’s World Series.
A decision remains pending for Milwaukee right-hander Adrian Houser.
Fifteen more players are eligible for arbitration, with hearings scheduled until June 24. Players slated for hearings include Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall, pitcher Max Fried and Dansby Swanson, as well as New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt, Minnesota wide receiver. Gary Sánchez and Philadelphia pitcher Zach Eflin.
Arbitration hearings usually take place during the first three weeks of February, but have been delayed by the lockout.
No statistics or evidence after March 1 are admissible other than contract and salary comparisons, the time set when Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed to the deal that ended the lockout. .