NEW YORK — Atlanta BravesBeat third baseman Austin RileyAnd the St. Louis CardinalsOutfielder who was defeated Tyler O'NeillWednesday, the first salary arbitration decision of the year.
Riley was paid $3.95million instead of the $4.25 million he requested. On Tuesday, the case was heard virtually online by Steven Wolf, John Woods and Richard Bloch.
O'Neill, who is a two time Gold Glove winner was instead awarded $3.4 million. John Stout, Brian Keller and Mark Burstein all heard the case on Friday.
Last season, Riley set career records with a.303 batting average, 33 homers, and 107 RBI. He was a Braves shortstop and played in 160 games. Dansby SwansonFor the NL lead.
Last year, Riley earned a salary of $590,000. He was eligible for arbitration. In 29 games, he is hitting.243 and has seven homers.
Statistics or evidence after March 1, except for salary and contract comparisons, which are the timing of the agreement between Major League Baseball (MLB) and the players' union, are not admissible.
O'Neill's career highs were set last season with a.286 batting average and 34 homers. He also had 80 RBI. This resulted in him finishing eighth in NL MVP balloting. This season, he is hitting.213 and has two homers.
O'Neill's fifth season has been a success with a.256 batting average and 57 homers. He also has 157 RBI. O'Neill made $604,700 last season and was also eligible for arbitration.
Decisions remain pending for Milwaukee right-hander Adrian HouserAnd Seattle second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier.
Arbitration hearings are scheduled for June 24, and sixteen additional players are eligible. Atlanta outfielder is one of the players scheduled to appear at hearings. Adam DuvallA pitcher Max FriedSwanson and New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, New York MetsPitcher Chris Bassitt, Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Minnesota catcher Gary Sánchez and PhiladelphiaPitcher Zach Eflin.
Arbitration hearings are usually held in the first three weeks February, but were delayed due to the lockout.