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Frazier of the Mariners and Benintendi of the Royals win arbitration cases

NEW YORK (AP) — Seattle second baseman/outfielder Adam Frazier and Kansas City outfielder Andrew Benintendi won their salary arbitration cases on Friday, giving the players a breakdown of the top four decisions.

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.

“I knew it was coming and I haven’t heard anything before,” Benintendi said of the team’s arguments against his case. “For me it was just trying to see it from all sides. It’s a shame it had to happen during the season, but the circumstances are what they are.”

Benintendi then hit a three-run homer and a triple RBI in the Royals’ 14-10 win at Colorado. He impressed manager Mike Matheny with how he handled the weirdness of battling in season for his salary.

“He’s hard between the ears,” Matheny said.

Benintendi will no longer have to worry about refereeing. He will be a free agent after the season.

“We’ll see what happens,” Benintendi said when asked if he would like to re-sign with the Royals. “There’s still a lot of season left and a lot of other things to worry about first.”

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 Sanchez 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. .