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Beltran, Ibañez file for arbitration
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01/17/2003 5:15 pm ET 
Beltran, Ibañez file for arbitration
Both players among top offensive performers in 2002
By Robert Falkoff / MLB.com

Carlos Beltran was one of just six Major League players who appeared in all 162 games last year. (Ed Zurga/AP)
Salary arbitration figures

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals submitted numbers Friday for possible arbitration hearings with outfielders Carlos Beltran and Raul Ibañez. But they hope hearings won't ultimately be necessary for a couple of their 2002 offensive leaders.

Beltran is asking for $6.95 million and the Royals are offering $6 million. Ibañez asked for $3.4 million and the Royals are offering $2.75 million. A meeting to schedule possible hearings will take place next week and the sides will have a negotiating window to make a deal until those hearing dates.

The Royals have long maintained that avoiding arbitration hearings is the best course of action if it's fiscally prudent. By avoiding a hearing, the club is spared from having to argue against its own player.

"Yes, that's the goal," Royals' assistant general manager Muzzy Jackson said. "You look at a mid-point, but you don't do a deal just because it's in the middle. It has to make sense with regards to the payroll."

    Carlos Beltran   /   CF
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 225
Bats/Throws: S/R

More info:
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Stats
Splits
Hit chart
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Beltran, who has two more years of arbitration eligibility, made $3.5 million in 2002. He was one of just six Major League players who appeared in all 162 games last year. The 25-year-old Beltran hit .273 with 29 home runs, 35 steals and 105 runs batted in.

The Royals recently explored the possibility of signing Beltran beyond his arbitration years, but Beltran turned down about $25 million over three seasons and doesn't want to give up a year of free agency.

General manager Allard Baird has since said he doesn't think he can sign Beltran long-term at this juncture and thus the "untouchable" label has been lifted. But the Royals have also made it clear that they aren't about to overreact and won't trade Beltran for anything less than full market value that would address both short-term and long-term needs.

"We still have him under control for two more years," Jackson said. "Nothing is imminent."

Baird said Friday he has had a few preliminary discussions regarding Beltran, but added that he isn't actively shopping him and nothing is warm.

"Our focus right now is that he's our starting center fielder," Baird said.

  Raul Ibanez   /   DH
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: L/R

More info:
Stats
Splits
Hit chart
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Ibañez made $800,000 last year. He hit .294 with 24 home runs and 103 runs batted in. He was the Royals' Player of the Month in July and August. Last year, the Royals went into the offseason with seven arbitration-eligible players, but only Neifi Perez wound up having an arbitration hearing. Kansas City offered $4.1 million and Perez asked for $5 million, with an arbitrator selecting the Royals' figure.

The Royals would prefer zero hearings this year.

"Ideally, we'd like to be able to sign both players (Beltran and Ibañez)," Baird said.

Robert Falkoff is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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