New York — When it came to salary arbitration, Keith Foulke was a lot more effective than John Rocker and Danny Graves.
On a day of decisions involving closers, Foulke won his arbitration case and the other two lost, leaving owners with a 5-4 lead this year.
Rocker will get $1.9 million this season rather than $2.98 million, arbitrators Jack Clarke, Jerome Ross and Elliot Shriftman ruled Wednesday.
Graves lost when arbitrators Dan Brent, Stephen Goldberg and Kenneth Perea gave him a salary of $2.1 million rather than $3,075,000. Graves made $400,000 last year, when he was 10-5 with a 2.56 ERA and 30 saves for Cincinnati.
Foulke was given a raise from $445,000 to $3.1 million by arbitrators Reginald Alleyne, Roger Kaplan and Alan Symonette. Chicago argued that Foulke should be paid $2.2 million. He was 2-1 with 34 saves.
Four players who had been scheduled for hearings settled their cases. Cincinnati second baseman Pokey Reese ($3.2 million), Boston catcher Jason Varitek ($1.8 million), New York Mets left-hander Glendon Rusch ($1.8 million) and Cleveland right-hander Steve Woodard ($1,325,000) agreed to one-year contracts.
Shortstop Gary DiSarcina, who had rotator-cuff surgery last year, won't be ready to play until May at the earliest.
Cal Ripken will miss up to a month of spring training because of a hairline fracture in his rib cage. The injury occurred while Ripken was working out at home in preparation for his 20th full major league season with the Baltimore Orioles.
Chicago White Sox
Commissioner Bud Selig and his staff probably will be the ones to settle the Mike Sirotka-David Wells trade. Sirotka was traded to the Jays on Jan. 14 as part of a six-player deal. Though he passed one Toronto physical, a second test showed a possible torn labrum so the Blue Jays sent him to Dr. James Andrews, a specialist, for an independent opinion. The Blue Jays said Andrews' examination showed Sirotka has a partial tear of the rotator cuff. The Jays seek compensation.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers settled a civil lawsuit with a fan in connection with a brawl in the stands at Wrigley Field in Chicago nine months ago. The team agreed to pay Ronald Camacho of Chicago an undisclosed sum to settle a suit that stemmed from a fight between players and fans.
New York Yankees
Yankee Left-hander Allen Watson, who had offseason shoulder surgery, will not be able to pitch in a game until at least May. Yanks pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre, who missed the postseason while undergoing treatment for multiple myeloma, joined the team Wednesday as pitchers and catchers reported for spring training. Stottlemyre underwent a stem-cell transplant as part of his cancer treatment.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Right-hander Delvin James and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays agreed Wednesday to a one-year contract.
James, the Devil Rays' 14th round choice in the 1996 amateur draft, went 8-12 with a 3.98 ERA in 28 starts last year for Class A St. Petersburg and Double-A Orlando.