Jun 17, 2022

Lopez in arbitration with Royals

Posted Jun 17, 2022 8:44 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas City infielder Nicky Lopez went to salary arbitration with the Royals, asking for $2.9 million instead of the team’s $2.55 million offer.

Melinda Gordon, Scott Buccheit and John Woods heard the arguments and are expected to issue a decision on Friday.

Lopez had career bests of a .300 average and 22 stolen bases in 23 chances last season, when he had two homers and 43 RBIs.

He made $597,500 and was eligible for arbitration for the first time.