PHOENIX (AP) Pitcher Jesse Chavez defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration, improving players to 3-0 this year in cases that went to hearings.
Chavez was awarded a $4 million salary on Saturday by arbitrators Mark Irvings, Steven Wolf and Edna Francis, who heard the case a day earlier. The Blue Jays argued the 32-year-old right-hander should be paid $3.6 million.
Tampa Bay pitcher Drew Smyly ($3.75 million) and Cincinnati reliever J.J. Hoover ($1.4 million) won the first two decisions earlier this week.
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Chavez was 7-15 with a 4.18 ERA and one save in a career-high 26 starts and four relief appearances last season for Oakland, which traded him to Toronto on Nov. 20 for right-hander Liam Hendriks.