Pirates' Jack Wilson wins arbitration case

Updated: February 12, 2004, 4:58 PM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Shortstop Jack Wilson won his arbitration case Thursday, the first Pittsburgh Pirates player to beat the club in a salary hearing since second baseman Jose Lind in 1992.

The Pirates proposed a $1.4 million salary for Wilson, but arbitrators Dan Brent, Elisabeth Neumeier and I.B. Helburn chose Wilson's proposal of $1.85 million.

Wilson hit .256 last year with nine homers and 62 RBIss -- three more homers and four more RBIss than catcher Jason Kendall, who made $8.5 million. Wilson made $335,000 last season, his third as the Pirates' shortstop.

Wilson was the first Pittsburgh player to go to a hearing since third baseman Jeff King lost in 1993 and was paid $675,000, rather than his proposed $1,075,000. The year before that, Lind won his case and was paid $2 million, or $1 million more than the Pirates offered.

The arbitration loss was the first for the Pirates since they hired Pittsburgh lawyer Larry Silverman as vice president and baseball legal counsel. Silverman argued the Pirates' arbitration case Wednesday in Phoenix.

This story is from ESPN.com's automated news wire. Wire index

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