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

holds.

Furbush has spent parts of three seasons with Seattle. He was

acquired in a trade with Detroit in July 2011.