Kelley signs one-year deal to avoid arbitration hearing
Right-handed reliever Shawn Kelley signed a one-year contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration hearing and becoming the final player on the 40-man roster to come to terms for the upcoming season.
Kelley agreed to a base salary of $935,000, MLB.com has confirmed, with potential bonuses for being with the Major League team at 60, 90, 120 and 150 days that could raise that total to $1.1 million.
Kelley had asked for $1.2 million at the Jan. 18 arbitration deadline, while the Mariners offered $750,000.
Kelly, 28, made $600,000 in 2012 in his first year of arbitration-eligibility as a Super Two qualifier. He pitched 47 games for the Mariners, posting a 2-4 record with a 3.25 ERA in 44 1/3 innings during three separate stints with the club.
Kelley also made 14 appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, going 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in 20 innings.
If Kelley hadn’t come to an agreement, the two sides would have gone to a three-person arbitration panel in February. The Mariners haven’t had a player go to an arbitration hearing since Freddy Garcia in 2003.