Mets Avoid Arbitration, Sign Maine

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NEW YORK (AP) - Pitcher John Maine and the New York Mets avoided
salary arbitration, agreeing Friday on a $2.6 million, one-year contract.

The figure was the midpoint of the $3 million Maine sought and the $2.2 million the Mets offered. The right-hander can earn an additional $25,000 if he pitches 200 or more innings. He made $450,000 last season.

Maine was 10-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 25 starts and 140 innings last year, missing the final five weeks of the season because of a shoulder injury. He had surgery Sept. 30 to remove a lesion from the back of his right shoulder socket and is expected to be ready for spring training next month.

"I feel great and ready to go," Maine said in a statement issued by the team. "I have been throwing bullpen sessions for a month now and things couldn't be going better. I can't wait to get to spring training."

Reliever Pedro Feliciano is the last Mets' player in arbitration. He asked for a raise from $1.04 million to $1.95 million, and the Mets offered $1.35 million.

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