Author: Bob Bagley, contributor on baseball betting
The New York Mets are having good success at signing arbitration-eligible players this off-season. The team has six players who could submit salary proposals and ask for hearings today, Tuesday, January 21st. As of this writing four of the six have reached agreements with the team and have avoided arbitration. The four players are:
1. Reliever Duaner Sanchez has agreed to a one-year contract for $1,687,500. Sanchez is 29 years old and has played 3 years for the Mets. He has yet to pitch a full season due to injuries sustained in a 2006 taxi accident. He did not pitch in 2007. Last season he was utilized as a setup man. He made 66 appearances, had a 5-1 record and a 4.32 ERA in 58+ innings. He was credited with 21 holds, 9th in the NL. His salary last season was $950,000.00 including bonuses.
2. Reserve outfielder Jeremy Reed, acquired from the Mariners, signed a one-year deal for $925,000. He bats left-handed and fields respectably. Last year he earned $405,000.
3. Outfielder Ryan Church got an $800,000 raise after playing for $2 million last season. He batted .276 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs in only 90 games in ’08.
4. Outfielder Angel Pagan signed for $575,000 after a salary of $401,500 last year. He is recovering from surgery for torn cartilage in his shoulder.
The Mets had gone 16 years without holding arbitration hearings until last winter, when they forked over $6.5 million to Oliver Perez. With the signing of the four players above, they must sign the two arbitration-eligible players left to start their streak anew. The two remaining players are:
1. Pitcher John Maine earned $450,000 in 2008. He was 10-8 with a 4.18 ERA and 122 strikeouts.
2. Relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano was 3-4 last season with a 4.05 ERA. He yielded 57 hits and 26 walks while striking out 50 in 56 innings.
Hopefully, the Mets can avoid arbitration with these two remaining hold-outs.