ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time All-Star Corbin Burnes and Kansas City Royals pitcher Brady Singer lost in salary arbitration Wednesday.
Burnes will receive $10.01 million from the Milwaukee Brewers instead of his $10.75 million request, Melinda Gordon, Jules Bloch and Keith Greenberg agreed one day after hearing the discussions.
Singer will receive $2.95 million instead of $3,325,000 from the Royals, according to the decision by Howard Edelman, Walt De Treux and Brian Keller.
The teams have a 5-3 lead in decisions.
Three players went to hearings Wednesday: Los Angeles Angels infielder Gio Urshela ($10 million vs. $8.4 million), St. Louis Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley ($3 million vs. $2.15 million) and Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Josh Rojas ($2.9 million vs. $2,575,000).
Five other players await pending decisions and four others have possible hearings.
Burnes, a 28-year-old right-hander, was 12-8 last year with a 2.94 ERA and made a career-best 33 starts, which tied for most in the major leagues. He led the National League with 243 strikeouts, second in the big leagues behind New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole with 257. Burnes earned $6.55 million.
He won the 2021 NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors with a 2.43 ERA. He went 11-5 for the Brewers that year.
A five-year veteran, Burnes is 35-19 with a 3.21 ERA. He is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series.
Singer, a 26-year-old right-hander, was 10-5 with a 3.23 ERA in 24 starts and three relief appearances last year when he had a salary of $726,250. He was drafted to Triple-A Omaha on April 28 and recalled on May 17.
Singer was eligible for arbitration for the first time.
All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta earlier, outfielder Kyle Tucker ($5 million) was batted away by Houston, and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle.
Southpaw Jesús Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat Miami, and reliever Jason Adam ($1,775,000) defeated Tampa Bay.
The 31-year-old Urshela hit .285 with 13 homers and 64 RBI last season for Minnesota, who traded him to the Angels Nov. 18 for minor league right-hander Alejandro Hidalgo. Urshela earned $6.55 million.
His case was heard by Fredric Horowitz, Jeanne Charles and Stephen Raymond.
Urshela is primarily a third baseman. He has a .275 batting average with 62 homers and 256 RBI in parts of seven seasons with Cleveland (2015, ’17), Toronto (2018), Yankees (2019-21) and Twins. He’s eligible for free agency after this year’s World Series.
Helsley, a 28-year-old right-hander, was 9-1 with a 1.25 ERA and 19 saves in 23 chances in 54 relief appearances, earning $722,450. He hit 94 and walked 20 in 64 2/3 innings. His case was heard by Bloch, Jeanne Vonhof and John Woods.
Rojas, also 28, set career highs with a . 269 average and 56 RBI, while hitting nine home runs. He earned $730,900. Rojas’ case was heard by Keller, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit.
Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe and infielder Luis Rengifo await decisions along with Rays pitchers Colin Poche and Ryan Thompson and Tampa Bay outfielder Harold Ramírez.
Seattle fielder Teoscar Hernández, Pittsburgh first baseman Ji-Man Choi, Cardinals lefty Génesis Cabrera and Philadelphia reliever Seranthony Domínguez have possible hearings this week.