ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Colorado Rockies defeated
Sunny Kim on Thursday in the first salary arbitration case of the year,
and the pitcher will earn $600,000 rather than the $800,000 he had
The decision was made by arbitrators Stephen Goldberg, Gil
Vernon and John Sands, who heard the case Wednesday.
A 28-year-old right-hander, Kim went 6-3 with a 4.90 ERA in 10
starts and 14 relief appearances last year for the Washington
Nationals and the Rockies. Colorado claimed him off waivers on Aug.
Kim made the $316,000 minimum last year.
Torrealba hit .234 with three homers and 15 RBI in 76 games
with San Francisco and Seattle last season. He can earn up to
$150,000 in bonuses based on starts as a catcher and plate
appearances, getting the full amount with 115 starts at catcher and
425 plate appearances.