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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Outfielder Hunter Renfroe went to salary arbitration with the Los Angeles Angels on Monday in the first case to be argued this year.
Renfroe, who turned 31 on Saturday, requested a raise from $7.65 million to $11.9 million and the Angels asked arbitrators Melinda Gordon, Scott Buchheit and John Stout to pick $11.25 million. Renfroe's hearing was the first in person since 2020, just before the pandemic, and followed two years of Zoom arguments.
A decision will be held and released after later hearings.
Renfroe hit .255 with 29 homers and 72 RBIs for Milwaukee last season, down from a .259 average, 31 homers and 96 RBIs for Boston in 2021. He was acquired by the Angels in November for right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero, and minor league lefty Adam Seminaris.
Twenty-eight additional players are scheduled for hearings through Feb. 17.
Teams have won the majority of decisions for three straight years and lead players 334-251 since salary arbitration started in 1974.
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Updated January 30, 2023