USA Today has an AP report on John Maine's one-year deal with the Mets. The club avoided arbitration with their right-handed starter, with a $3.3 million contract that includes performance bonuses that could elevate the deal to more than $3.5 million. Maine earned $2.6 million in 2009.
His disappointing 2009 was the worst season in his three years with the Mets. Battling shoulder woes, he made just 15 starts, winning seven against six losses. His ERA rose to 4.43 as his peripheral statistics dipped to subpar levels. Maine is expected to be a member of New York's pitching rotation behind Johan Santana, along with Mike Pelfrey and Oliver Perez.
Maine's signing was the first announced after yesterday's filing deadline, bringing the number of players whose cases are pending to 127. The Mets remaining arbitration eligible players include Pedro Feliciano, Jeff Francoeur, Sean Green, and Angel Pagan filed for salary arbitration, though the Mets are sure to try to sign each to a new contract before hearings begin. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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