Clubs improve to 4-0 in arbitration hearings

PHOENIX -- Baseball teams improved to 4-0 in salary arbitration Tuesday when the Washington Nationals beat pitcher John Patterson and the Florida Marlins defeated reliever Kevin Gregg.

Patterson was awarded $850,000 -- less than half the $1.85 million he asked for -- by arbitrators Elliott Shriftman, Dan Brent and Stephen Goldberg, who heard the case Monday. Patterson was 1-2 with a 4.43 ERA in eight starts last year before season-ending surgery on his pitching arm. He made $450,000.

Gregg, acquired in November from the Los Angeles Angels, will get the Marlins' offer of $575,000 instead of his request for $700,000, arbitrators Jack Clarke, Goldberg and Elizabeth Neumeier decided. Gregg went 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA in three starts and 29 relief appearances last year and made $575,000.

Both pitchers were eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Beimel and Tampa Bay Devil Rays backup catcher Josh Paul were the first two players who went to arbitration this year and lost their cases Saturday. Beimel will get $912,500 and Paul $625,000.

Seven players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 20. Philadelphia pitcher Geoff Geary agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $837,500. He had asked for $925,000 and had been offered $750,000 after making $350,000 last year, when he went 7-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 81 relief appearances.