Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have worked out a deal with outfielder Angel Pagan to avoid salary arbitration. The deal will pay Pagan $1.45 million for 2010.
The Mets had offered him $1.275 million compared to the $1.8 million he had requested when the two exchanged figures on January 19th. Pagan's contract falls $87,500 below the exact midpoint between them, $1.5375 million. The deal still works out to a 152% raise from the $575,000 salary he earned in 2009 his final season before salary arbitration.
The 28 year-old outfielder was a part time player for the Mets, notably filling in for Carlos Beltran during his extended absence with a knee injury. Still Pagan only appeared in 88 games for the Mets last season, making 376 plate appearances and posting a line of .306/.350/.487. Pagan will be the likely opening day centerfielder for the Mets, as offseason knee surgery will cause Beltran to miss the spring training and the beginning of the year.
Pagan's signing reduces the number of players whose cases are pending to 12, seven of whom are eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this year. He was the only pending case for the Mets. Hearings will begin imminently for the remaining players like Wandy Rodriguez, Cody Ross and Corey Hart who have not come to terms with their teams. Please visit the salary arbitration figures page for more information.
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