The 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.
In a mailbag published on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post says he has spoken with Arenado and his agent from the Wasserman Media Group. Based on that, he says the Rockies have not broached the subject of a contract extension with the All-Star third baseman.
Arenado will enter his second of four years of arbitration eligibility after earning $5 million for the 2016 season. He’s due to a hefty pay raise and will continue on that track into free agency after the 2019 season. It may behoove the Rockies to get extension talks started sooner rather than later. Saunders, however, thinks that Arenado wants to see if the Rockies become contenders in the next two seasons before signing the dotted line.
Arenado, 25, enters Thursday’s action batting .293/.361/.567 with 40 home runs, 130 RBI, and 112 runs scored in 678 plate appearances. His 40 homers is best in the National League and the 130 RBI are best in the majors. He has an argument for winning the National League Most Valauble Player Award.
Agent Scott Boras eulogized client Jose Fernandez at his funeral on Thursday. Boras couldn’t even get through the first sentence without breaking down in tears. It was difficult to watch without wanting to sob myself, but it was a touching eulogy that spoke for a lot of people who were fond of Fernandez.