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Church, Mets avoid arbitration with $2.8M deal

Updated: January 20, 2009, 4:57 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- 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 ...

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