Friday, January 13, 2006

Pitching Notes

Mariners Sign Julio Mateo

The Seattle Mariners agreed Thursday to a $1,875,000, two-year contract with reliever Julio Mateo that avoided salary arbitration.

The 28-year-old right-hander made $390,000 last season, his fourth with Seattle. He was 3-6 with two blown saves, a 3.06 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 17 walks in a career-high 55 games. That likely would have been his third consecutive season with 50 appearances, had he not spent six weeks of 2004 on the disabled list with elbow tendinitis.

He is 8-8 with a 3.56 ERA, two saves, five blown saves, 181 strikeouts and 58 walks in 162 career games.

Mateo's deal, contingent on the successful completion of a physical, calls for a $150,000 signing bonus and salaries of $625,000 in 2006 and $1 million in 2007. Seattle holds a $1.5 million option for 2008 with a $100,000 buyout. Mateo could increase his 2008 base salary by $50,000 each for 55 appearances and 60 appearances in 2007 and another $100,000 if he appears in 65 games.

Brett Myers Sign with the Phillies

Brett Myers avoided arbitration, agreeing Thursday to a $3.3 million, one-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 25-year-old right-hander went 13-8 with a 3.72 ERA in 34 starts with two complete games for the Phillies last year. His 208 strikeouts were a career high and tied for third-most in the NL.

"Brett had a solid year in 2005, and we are hopeful that he will step up even further in 2006," assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Myers is 42-33 with a 4.47 ERA in four seasons.

Miceli Signs Two-Year Deal with Tampa

Reliever Dan Miceli agreed to a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Thursday.

Miceli was 1-2 with a 5.89 ERA in 19 appearances with Colorado last season. The 35-year-old right-hander has appeared in 598 major league games with nine clubs, posting a 42-50 record with 35 saves and a 4.51 ERA.

He will make $650,000 in each of the next two seasons. The deal also has a $1 million team option for 2008 that could escalate to $1.45 million. He would receive a $200,000 buyout if the team declines.

To make room for Miceli, the Devil Rays designated right-hander Franklin Nunez for assignment. Nunez made 13 relief appearances with Tampa Bay over the past two seasons.


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