ESPN runs an unsigned AP report that Seattle has agreed on a one-year deal with recently acquired reliever Brandon League to avoid a salary arbitration hearing. The one year contract will pay League $1,087,500 for 2010. League had requested $1.325 million compared to Seattle's offer of $900,000. The deal is $25,000 less than the two sides splitting the difference for the deal, which would have been $1,112,500. League earned $640,000 in 2009.
League was acquired from Toronto in January along with minor league outfielder Johermyn Chavez in exchange for Brandon Morrow. He posted a 3-6 record in 67 relief appearances, averaging just over a strikeout an inning.
League's signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 36. The Mariners have one case pending with an arbitration eligible player. They'll have until hearings begin in February to sign Casey Kotchman. Please visit the salary arbitration figures page for more information.
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