Aardsma, League, Vargas agree to one-year deals
There’ll be no arbitration hearing drama for the Mariners this season as the club announced the signing of pitchers David Aardsma, Brandon League and Jason Vargas to one-year contracts Tuesday.
The Mariners last three arbitration-eligible players all agreed shortly after the Tuesday deadline for teams and players to exchange arbitration numbers.
Even if they hadn’t signed, chances are compromise deals would have been struck before the binding arbitration hearings in February. Very few teams and players choose to go all the way through with that process.
Larry Stone of the Seattle Times notes the last time the Mariners went to an actual arbitration hearing was 2003 with Freddy Garcia, when he won a $6.875 million case after the club offered $5.9 million.
No terms yet on today’s three deals, but the good news is the dealing is done and the Mariners are headed toward pitchers and catchers reporting Feb. 13 with no issues on the table.