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Mariners notebook: Furbush and Scribner reach deals, avoid arbitration

Lefty reliever Charlie Furbush avoided a possible arbitration hearing by reaching agreement Friday on a one-year contract.
Lefty reliever Charlie Furbush avoided a possible arbitration hearing by reaching agreement Friday on a one-year contract. AP

SEATTLE — The Mariners avoided the possibility of any potentially messy arbitration hearings Friday by reaching one-year agreements with relief pitchers Charlie Furbush and Evan Scribner.

Furbush will make $1.6 million, which represents a raise of $300,000 from his 2015 salary of $1.3 million. Scribner jumped to $807,500 from $512,500 in his first season of eligibility.

The two deals also came one day after the Mariners reached agreement with center fielder Leonys Martin, their only other arbitration-eligible player, on a one-year contract for $4.15 million.

Furbush, 29, and Scribner, 30, reached agreements just prior to the 10 a.m. deadline for the two sides to submit figures for salary arbitration.

Had either player not reached an agreement, a three-judge panel would have held hearings next month in Phoenix and rendered a decision.

Furbush had a 2.08 ERA last season in 33 games before suffering a season-ending biceps and rotator-cuff injury just prior to the All-Star break. He is expected to be fully recovered by spring training.

The Mariners acquired Scribner from Oakland in a Dec. 8 trade for minor-league pitcher Trey Cochran-Gill. Scribner was 2-2 with a 4.35 ERA last season in 54 games.

A year ago, the Mariners prevailed in an arbitration ruling over reliever Tom Wilhelmsen. The panel chose the club’s $1.4 million offer over Wilhelmsen’s $2.2 million request.

Wilhelmsen’s case marked the first time since pitcher Freddy Garcia won a 2003 hearing that a Mariners’ salary was determined through arbitration.


Three of the Mariners’ key off-season acquisitions — Steve Cishek, Chris Iannetta and Leonys Martin — are listed among the tentative participants for the 18th annual FanFest on Jan. 30-31 at Safeco Field.

The Mariners signed Cishek and Iannetta in the free-agent market to be their closer and starting catcher. They acquired Martin from Texas in a Nov. 16 trade to be their center fielder.

Others scheduled to appear include third baseman Kyle Seager and pitchers Taijuan Walker, James Paxton and Charlie Furbush.

Fans will also get a chance to meet new general manager Jerry Dipoto and new manager Scott Servais in addition to some of the organization’s top prospects: Drew Jackson, Tyler O’Neill, Braden Bishop and Boog Powell.

FanFest runs each day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Adult admission is $10, while those aged 14 and younger get in free. Tickets can be obtained in advance at and at Mariners Team Stores.

Parking for the event at the Safeco Field garage is $5 if purchased in advance and $10 at drive-up.

Bob Dutton: @TNT_Mariners