MLB.com's Bill Ladson reports that the Washington Nationals have won their arbitration case against reliever Sean Burnett. He'll get the $775,000 salary Washington offered when the two exchanged figures on January 19th.
With the win, Washington ran its record in salary arbitration hearings for the year to 2 - 0 and 22 - 10 since 1974. Their 69 percent success rate is the best among major league clubs with at least 20 decisions since the inception of arbitration. The Nats were victorious over reliever Brian Bruney on Wednesday. The two wins saved Washington $500,000.
Burnett had sought $925,000. And though the midpoint was only $850,000, the two were unable to settle their differences prior to yesterdays hearing. Burnett still gets a 89.7 percent raise over the $408,500 he earned in 2009.
He split the year between Pittsbugh and Washington, arriving in the Nation's Capitol along with Nyjer Morgan at the end of June. For the season he had an ERA of 3.12 in 57.7 innings pitched. His stinginess giving up hits (a 5.6 H/9 IP rate) and good strikeout numbers overcame his occasional bouts of wildness.
With the win, only two players remain in the arbitration process. Angels catacher Jeff Mathis had his hearing yesterday. A ruling is expected momentarily. Cubs shortstop Ryan Theriot will have his hearing today, unless the two sides strike a deal. For more information please refer to the arbitration scorecard. Salary offers and demands for all the players who exchanged figures back on January 19th can be found on the arbitration figures page.
The victory increases the clubs overall edge to 284-209 since 1974 - a 57.6 percent success rate.
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