Mariners, Charlie Furbush agree to $750,000 deal
Left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and the Seattle Mariners
have agreed to a $750,000 contract for next season and avoided a
potential dispute over arbitration eligibility.
The Mariners announced the deal on Tuesday. Furbush’s
arbitration eligibility is dependent on New York Mets infielder
Ruben Tejada, who is one day short of three years of major league
service. If Tejada were to win a grievance and gain a day of
service time, Furbush (2 years, 121 days) would become eligible for
arbitration as among the top 22 percent by service time among
players with at least two years but less than three.
Furbush, 27, appeared in a team-best 71 games last season. He
was 2-6 with a 3.74 ERA and a .199 opponent batting average. The
left-hander tied for 10th in the AL in appearances and 13th with 20
Furbush has spent parts of three seasons with Seattle. He was
acquired in a trade with Detroit in July 2011.