Brown hit .286 with 17 home runs, 86 RBI in 2005

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Emil Brown and the Kansas City Royals argued Tuesday in the second salary arbitration hearing of the year, with the outfielder asking for $1,775,000 and the team offering $1.4 million.

Brown set career highs last season by hitting .286 with 31 doubles, 17 homers and 86 RBI for the Royals, who had the worst record in the major leagues at 56-106. He made $355,000 and became eligible for arbitration for the first time.

He played with Pittsburgh and San Diego from 1997-01, then spent three years out of the major leagues. Kansas City signed him in December 2004 as a free agent.

Brown's case will be decided by arbitrators Margaret Brogan, Jack Clarke and John Sands. A ruling is expected Wednesday or Thursday.

In the only other case argued this year, pitcher Sunny Kim lost to the Colorado Rockies and will make $600,000 rather than $800,000. Thirteen players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 20.