Mike Pelfrey, Mets avoid arbitration

Updated: January 19, 2011, 2:56 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

Right-handed starter Mike Pelfrey has agreed to a contract with the New York Mets, avoiding salary arbitration.

The deal will pay Pelfrey $3.925 million during the upcoming season. He can earn another $50,000 in performance bonuses: $12,500 each for 200 and 205 innings, and $25,000 for 210.

Pelfrey, who turned 27 last Friday, made $3.3 million in 2009 as part of his original deal after signing as a first-round pick in 2005. But he did not yet have enough service time last offseason to be arbitration-eligible, so his salary dipped to $500,000 this past year.

He raced to a 9-1 start last season before a summer swoon, but nonetheless finished with a 15-9 record and 3.66 ERA while logging a career-high 204 innings. Pelfrey is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

Angel Pagan and R.A. Dickey also are arbitration-eligible and are due to exchange salary figures Tuesday for a February hearing if there's no settlement.

A source within the organization also said former San Diego Padres outfielder Scott Hairston is joining the Mets on a minor league deal.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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