BREAKING NEWS: John Maine, New York Mets Avoid Arbitration

Eric SalomonContributor IJanuary 30, 2009

When pitchers and catchers report for duty in two weeks, John Maine will be among those arriving in Port St. Lucie, FL.  The 27-year-old right-hander signed a one year contract with the Mets today worth $2.6 million.

Only Pedro Feliciano remains eligible for arbitration.

Maine is slated to be the No. 2 guy in the rotation behind ace Johan Santana.  Mike Pelfrey is the only other pitcher with a virtual guarantee to be in the starting rotation.

Over the past two years, Maine has compiled a 25-18 record with a 4.02 ERA.  Those numbers, while not what they could be, have been fairly consistent.  Consistency is a trait the Mets hope to find in all of their talent this year.

Maine did undergo shoulder surgery after the disappointing conclusion of last season, but it is not expected to affect him.  Maine has been throwing in the offseason.

The three expected to compete for the final two spots in the rotation are Tim Redding, Jonathon Niese, and Freddy Garcia.  Recent talk about the possibility of seeing Pedro Martinez in a Mets uniform has attracted the attention of the baseball world, and could be a main talking point during the World Baseball Classic.  The Classic is scheduled for March 5th to March 23.