Mariners agree with all remaining arbitration-eligible players
The Mariners have agreed to contracts with all of their arbitration eligible players. The deadline to do so was 11 a.m. Friday.
Seattle and shortstop Jean Segura agreed on Thursday evening a $6.2 million dollar contract, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. Segura, who is in his second year of arbitration eligibility, receives a considerable bump over the $2.6 million he earned with the Diamondbacks last year. The $6.2 million is over a million less than the MLB Trade Rumors estimate, however.
Entering Friday, the Mariners’ remaining arbitration eligible players were Leonys Martin, Danny Valencia, Jarrod Dyson, Drew Smyly, Evan Scribner, Nick Vincent and James Paxton. The reported contracts are as follows.
• Martin accepted a contract of $4.85 million, a slight raise from the $4.15 million he earned in 2016.
• Valencia will earn $5.5 million in his final year of arbitration, up from $3.15 million with the A’s in 2016.
• Dyson and the Mariners agreed on $2.8 million deal.
• Smyly comes in at $6.85 million, just $50,000 shy of MLB Trade Rumor’s estimate.
• Paxton, a Super Two, agreed to a $2.35 million contract.
• Vincent, in his first arbitration year, will earn $1.325 million.
• Scribner receives a slight bump from 2016, coming in at $907,500.
Earlier this offseason, catcher Jesus Sucre accepted a split major/minor deal with the M’s for $630,000.
The Mets and Red Sox had the most arbitration eligible players this year in baseball with 10. The Mariners, along with the Orioles, Rays and White Sox, were right behind with nine.
Players become eligible for arbitration after they acquire three years of MLB service. The top 22 percent of players just under the three-year mark, known as the Super Twos, also become eligible each offseason.