Orioles win arbitration case with RHP Lopez

BALTIMORE (Ticker) - The Baltimore Orioles won their arbitration case with Rodrigo Lopez on Wednesday, meaning the righthander will make $3.75 million in 2006.

Lopez, who made $2.375 million last season, was seeking a salary of $4.5 million.

The 35-year-old Lopez went 15-12 with a 4.90 ERA in 35 starts in 2005, establishing career highs in wins and innings pitched (209 1/3). A native of Mexico, Lopez owns a 51-43 record and a 4.56 ERA in 137 appearances in his career - all but six coming with Baltimore.

Lopez is the third player to lose his case this season. Righthander Sunny Kim was defeated by the Colorado Rockies and Alfonso Soriano was beaten by the Washington Nationals. Kansas City’s Emil Brown did win his case with the Royals.

The Orioles also announced that they have agreed to terms on one-year deals with pitcher Chris Ray and outfielder Nick Markakis. Ray, who went 1-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 41 games last year, is expected to open the season as Baltimore’s closer.

Also on Wednesday, pitcher-outfielder Brooks Kieschnick announced that he is going to retire instead of report to spring training and that pitcher Tyler Yates, who signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, is going to report to minor league camp.

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Updated Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006