Mets, Maine avoid arbitration with 1-year deal

Updated: January 15, 2010, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- John Maine and the New York Mets moved quickly to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing Friday to a $3.3 million, one-year contract that gives him a $700,000 raise.

Maine is coming off a disappointing season that was cut short by a shoulder injury. The right-hander went 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA last year, making only 15 starts that covered 81 1-3 innings.

Of the 128 major league players who filed for arbitration Friday, Maine became the first to settle. He can earn an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses: $50,000 for making 20 starts; and $25,000 each for 23, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 starts.

Maine, who turns 29 in May, had his best season in 2007, going 15-10 with a 3.91 ERA in 32 starts. He is 40-33 with a 4.22 ERA in six major league seasons with Baltimore and New York.

The Mets have four players remaining in arbitration: outfielders Jeff Francoeur and Angel Pagan; and relievers Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green.

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