Mariners Sign Paul Abbott
SEATTLE (AP) _ Pitcher Paul Abbott, who had filed for salary arbitration, and the Seattle Mariners agreed on a one-year contract Monday.
The right-hander, who made $335,000 last season, asked for $1.9 million and was offered $1.5 million.
Abbott, 33, posted career highs in almost every category last year, his first injury-free season in the majors.
Abbott was 9-7 with a 4.22 ERA in 35 games, including 27 starts. In June, he went 3-0 in five starts and posted an AL-best 2.03 ERA.
In the postseason, he was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in two starts, including a 5-2 victory in Game 2 of the American League division series in Chicago.
``Paul proved last season that when he stays healthy, he can be successful,″ said Mariners general manager Pat Gillick. ``He’s a very versatile pitcher for us, pitching both in the rotation and out of the bullpen and we’re happy to get this worked out.″
The Mariners originally signed Abbott as a minor league free agent in January 1997. He has a major league career mark of 21-17 with a 4.29 ERA in 97 games.