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Maine, Mets avoid arbitration with $2.6M deal

Updated: January 30, 2009, 5:14 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- 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. ...

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