And then there was one.
Pedro Feliciano is the last Mets player still facing an arbitration hearing now that John Maine reached an agreement on a $2.6 million deal for the 2009 season.
Maine can also earn a $25,000 bonus for pitching 200 innings - a far cry from the incentives being handed out, even by the Mets who promised Freddy Garcia approximately $6 million in incentives for reaching a similar number of innings.
Maine earned $450,000 last season after the team renewed his contract, unable to come to an agreement.
UPDATE: Here's the official release from the Mets:
The New York Mets today announced that they have signed 27-year-old righthanded pitcher John Maine to a one-year contract at a salary of $2.6 million, avoiding arbitration.
The Mets have signed five of the six players who were eligible for arbitration: Duaner Sanchez, Ryan Church, Jeremy Reed, and Angel Pagan. Pedro Feliciano has yet to agree to terms.
“I feel great and ready to go,” said Maine. “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.”
Maine, who was 10-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 25 starts in 2008, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, last September 30. The 6-4, 200-pounder was fourth in the National League with a .226 opponents’ batting average against at the time of his last start (August 23).
The Mets acquired Maine from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade
along with righthanded pitcher Jorge Julio in exchange for righthanded pitcher
Kris Benson on January 21, 2006. In 84 major league games, 81 starts, Maine has a career 33-27
record with a 4.18 ERA.