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January 16, 2015 at 2:16 PM

Mariners avoid arbitration with five players

The Mariners avoided salary arbitration with these five players, agreeing to contracts with them today.

  • Dustin Ackley, OF
  •  Charlie Furbush, LHP
  • Austin Jackson, OF
  • Logan Morrison, 1B
  •  Justin Ruggiano, OF

Of the Mariners arbitration eligible players, only pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen remains unsigned for the 2015 season. Aribration hearings don’t start till Feb. 2, so the team and Wilhelmsen have until then to reach an agreement. The Mariners usually don’t go to arbitration so it seems likely the two sides will settle on a number in betweent.

This TV reporter out of Mississippi has been tweeting out arbitration numbers all day, and per a baseball source, his numbers are spot on. Jon Heyman also has been tweeting out some numbers as well.

So here’s what they are making:

  • Furbush — $1.3 million with no performance bonuses (made $750,000 in 2014).
  • Morrison — $2.725 million. Bonus of $25,000 for 500 plate appearances and $25,000 for 600 plate appearances (made $1.75 million in 2014)
  • Ackley —  $2.6 million. Bonus $50,000 for 500 plate appearances (Ackley made $500,00o in 2014, plus $300,000 from his signing bonus)
  • Jackson — $7.7 million (made $6 million in 2014)
  • Ruggiano — $2.5 million. Bonus of $20,000 for 375 plate appearances. (made $2 million in 2014)

 

Also of note, Michael Saunders got $2.875 million with the Blue Jays. That’s important because the Blue Jays are picking up roughly the difference between what Saunders makes this season on the $6.7 million Happ is owed.  So the M’s are basically paying around $3.5 million for Happ this season.

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