Church Signs One-Year Contract with Mets

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Right fielder Ryan Church and the New York Mets avoided salary arbitration, agreeing Tuesday on a $2.8 million, one-year contract.

New York also struck a $575,000, one-year deal with reserve
outfielder Angel Pagan, who had been eligible for arbitration.

A pair of Mets remained in arbitration when players and teams
exchanged figures Tuesday: Starting pitcher John Maine asked for $3
million, with the club offering $2.2 million; and reliever Pedro
Feliciano requested $1.95 million, while New York proposed $1.35

Church made $2 million last season, his first with the Mets
after being acquired from Washington in a trade. He got off to a
strong start but was sidelined for months by a concussion, his
second of the year. He also sustained one during spring training.

The 30-year-old Church batted .276 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs
in 90 games. He can earn an additional $150,000 this season in
performance bonuses: $50,000 for 400 plate appearances; $30,000 for
450 plate appearances; $30,000 for 535 plate appearances; and
$40,000 for 550 plate appearances.

Pressed into regular duty early on because of injuries, the
speedy Pagan also got off to a fine start last year before a
shoulder tear ended his season on May 7. He finished with a .275
batting average and 13 RBIs in 91 at-bats.

Pagan, 27, is recovering from surgery to repair a torn left
labrum. He can earn $25,000 each for 200 plate appearances and 250
plate appearances.

Pagan made $401,500 last season.

The Mets also agreed to minor league contracts with left-handers
Tom Martin and Casey Fossum, and catcher Omir Santos. All three
were invited to spring training.

Argenis Reyes, an infielder who batted .218 in 49 games with New
York last season, agreed to a minor league deal and will report to
minor league camp.