Kansas City Royals win case in salary arbitration against Nicky Lopez, Infielder

Kansas City Royals win case in salary arbitration against Nicky Lopez, Infielder

NEW YORK — Kansas City infielder Nicky Lopez His salary arbitration case against the Royals was lost on Friday. He will now get $2.55 Million instead of his $2.9M request. This decision clinched management's third straight win record.

Teams lead 8-3 with three cases pending. New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, Atlanta left-her Max Fried and Miami Catcher Jacob Stallings. Hearings will continue through the week.

Melinda Gordon and Scott Buccheit made the Lopez case decision Friday, one day after hearing arguments.

Lopez's career highs included a.300 team average and 22 stolen bases in 23 opportunities last season. He also had two homers, 43 RBI and a.300 batting average. He was eligible for arbitration and earned $597,000. The 27-year-old second baseman and shortstop is hitting.214 this year with five RBIs and four steals.

Except for contract and salary comparisons, no statistics or evidence after March 1 is admissible. Major League Baseball and players' associations reached an agreement that ended the lockout.

In earlier decisions, Atlanta outfielder Adam Duvall Braves' third baseman (9,275,000), Austin Riley ($3.95M), Atlanta injured reliever Luke Jackson ($3.6 million), St. Louis outfielder Tyler O'Neill ($3.4 million), Miami right-hander Pablo Lopez ($2.45 million), Milwaukee right-hander Adrian Houser ($2,425,000) Cincinnati The pitcher Lucas Sims Their cases were dismissed for $1.2 million.

Atlanta shortstop Dansby Swanson ($10 million), Seattle second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier ($8 million) and Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi ($8.5 million) won.

Arbitration hearings are usually held in the first three weeks February, but were delayed due to the lockout.

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