Originally created 02/14/01

Millwood loses arbitration case



ATLANTA - Atlanta Braves pitcher Kevin Millwood lost his salary arbitration case Tuesday and will get a raise from $420,000 to $3.1 million rather than $3.9 million.

Arbitrators Richard Bloch, Stephen Goldberg and Alan Symonette made the decision Tuesday, a day after hearing the case in Phoenix.

Millwood's case was the first for the Braves since 1996, when Steve Avery won a $4.2 million salary.

Millwood's agent, Scott Boras, has lost his past seven arbitration cases and eight of nine since winning five in a row during 1995 and 1996.

"We thought everything in the room went well," Boras said. "We had three excellent arbitrators who I felt understood the substance of the case."

Boras said his argument revolved around Millwood's lack of run support last season.

"We argued that he had the equivalent of a 15- or 16-win season," he said. "We thought he was worthy of that."

Braves reliever John Rocker went before an arbitration panel Tuesday, and a decision is expected today.

Rocker, who made $290,000 last season, asked Jack Clarke, Jerome Ross and Elliot Shriftman for $2.98 million. The Braves offered $1.9 million.

The left-handed reliever was 1-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 24 saves.

The controversial Rocker, suspended for two weeks at the start of the season for disparaging comments in a Sports Illustrated article, struggled early and was sent down to the minors briefly before finishing with a strong second half.

Two other Braves are scheduled for arbitration hearings next week: outfielder Andruw Jones and second baseman Quilvio Veras.