Glenn Davis asked for a record $3,625,000 from the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh's Barry Bonds, Doug Drabek and Bobby Bonilla also sought more than $3 million in salary arbitration yesterday.
Of the 138 players who traded figures with teams, 62 want at least $1 million. Tom Candiotti, Kelly Gruber and Gary Gaetti are among the 11 asking for $3 million, and 19 others are in the $2 million range.
Last year 135 players exchanged numbers. Three wanted $3 million, eight others $2 million and 45 asked for $1 million. Only 24 cases wound up being decided by an arbitrator, with players winning 14.
Pitchers Bobby Thigpen, Randy Myers and Mitch Williams are among 14 players who agreed to contracts yesterday. Thigpen, who set a major league record with 57 saves, got a $9 million, three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox.
The Orioles agreed to two-year deals with outfielder Joe Orsulak and reliever Mark Williamson. Orsulak, the team's leading hitter last season at .269, signed a $2.4 million contract, while Williamson's contract is worth $1.58 million, the team said. Both had been eligible for arbitration.
In addition, the Orioles filed arbitration figures for second baseman Bill Ripken and pitcher Jeff Robinson.
Davis, obtained this month in a trade with Houston, is seeking an increase from last year's salary of $1,985,000. The Orioles offered $2.9 million.
Bonds, the National League MVP, is seeking the biggest salary increase -- $2.4 million. Bonds, who made $850,000 last season, asked for $3.25 million. The Pirates offered $2.3 million.
Drabek, who made $1.1 million last season as the Cy Young Award winner, wants $3,335,000; the team offered $2.3 million. Bonilla, who made $1.25 million, is seeking a raise to $3,475,000; the Pirates submitted $2.4 million.
World Series MVP Jose Rijo of Cincinnati is seeking a boost from $700,000 last year to $2.9 million.
Arbitration hearings take place the first three weeks of February.