Obviously the big news has been about Felix Hernandez and his contract extension. Felix was one of five players that were arbitration eligible for the Mariners, meaning the team and the players representatives could exchange contract numbers for a one-year deal this season.
The Mariners have inked two players thus far today.
Reliever Mark Lowe signed a 1-year, 1.15 million dollar contract. It's just about double the $418,000 he made last season. Lowe appeared in career-high 75 games, also posting career highs in innings pitched (80) and strikeouts (69). He was 2-7 with a 3.26 ERA and 3 saves.
Closer David Aardsma signed to a 1-year, 2.75 million contract. It's a healthy bump from last year's $419,000. But it was a deserved raise. Aardsma solidified the closer spot after Brandon Morrow fell apart. He notched 38 saves, thrid most in club history and fourth highest in the American League last season. Aardsma also posted career highs in appearances (73), innings pitched (71 1/3) and strikeouts (80).
“We are pleased to have David and Mark signed for 2010,” GM Jack Zduriencik said in a press release. “It was an important process to get to this point and avoid any distraction as we prepare for the upcoming season.”
That leaves just two arb-eligible players remaining - 1B Casey Kotchman and reliever Brandon League. Both players could be signed by the end of the day.