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John Maine agrees to new deal with Mets

Jan 16, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

3924.jpgThe Mets and right-hander John Maine avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract on Friday. Maine, who turns 29 in May, could earn an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses based on number of starts.

Limited to just 15 starts last season due to shoulder problems, Maine
was 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP in 81 1/3 innings. His second
straight season hampered by shoulder issues, the numbers tell the tale
of his decline:

2007: 8.48 K/9, 3.53 BB/9
2008: 7.84 K/9, 4.31 BB/9
2009: 6.09 K/9, 4.20 BB/9

As of now, the Mets rotation consists of Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey,
Oliver Perez, Jon Niese (if healthy) and Maine. Of course, they won’t
begin the season that way, as the team has been connected to Joel
Pineiro, Jon Garland and Doug Davis in free agency and Bronson Arroyo
among potential trade targets.

  1. John Pileggi - Jan 16, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    If healthy (big if), Maine has been very solid. Pelfrey is all about confidence, as is Perez. Niese looked good before he got hurt. It is a very “iffy” group and can certainly use an additional innings eater.

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