Pirates get victory in arbitration case against first baseman Jones

Rob Biertempfel
| Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

An MLB arbitration panel Thursday sided with the Pirates in their case against first baseman Garrett Jones. The team also came to terms with infielder Casey McGehee, avoiding an arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday.

The three-person panel chose the Pirates' figure of $2.25 million instead of Jones' requested $2.5 million. This was the first time Jones, 30, was eligible for salary arbitration. He made $455,500 last year.

McGehee and the team settled on a one-year deal worth $2.54 million, which was the midpoint of their arbitration salary figures. McGehee had requested $2.725 million, and the Pirates had offered $2.35 million. He made $468,000 in 2011.

With spring training set to begin Sunday — players report Saturday but do not practice — all of the Pirates' arbitration-eligible players are under contracts.

The Pirates a 1-1 in arbitration hearings under general manager Neal Huntington. Last year, the club lost its case against right-hander Ross Ohlendorf. Despite winning just one game in 2010, Ohlendorf was awarded $2.025 million by arbiters.

Ohlendorf missed most of last season due to injuries and was non-tendered. Ohlendorf yesterday agreed to a minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox.

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