Baseball

Mets, Maine agree to 1-year deal

The New York Mets avoided salary arbitration with pitcher John Maine after the two sides agreed to a one-year, $2.6-million US contact on Friday.

The New York Mets avoided salary arbitration with pitcher John Maine after the two sides agreed to a one-year, $2.6-million US contact on Friday.

The amount was a compromise on the $3 million Maine asked for and the $2.2 million the Mets offered.

Maine, who earned $450,000 last year, can also make another $25,000 if he pitches 200 or more innings in 2009.

The right-hander went 10-8 with a 4.18 ERA in 25 starts and 140 innings last year. A right shoulder injury sidelined Maine for the remaining five weeks of the 2008 season. Maine underwent surgery Sept. 30 to remove a lesion from the back of his right shoulder socket, but the team expects him to be ready for spring training.

"I feel great and ready to go," Maine said in a statement. "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."

With files from the Associated Press