Brandon League and the Seattle Mariners settled on a one-year contract Wednesday night for $1,087,500, avoiding an arbitration hearing.
The right-handed reliever was acquired from Toronto last month with minor league outfielder Johermyn Chavez for pitcher Brandon Morrow. League appeared in 67 games for the Blue Jays last season, going 3-6 with a 4.58 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 74 2-3 innings. He made $640,000.
League is 7-10 with a 4.09 ERA in 168 major league games over six seasons with Toronto.
He asked the Mariners for $1,325,000 when players and teams exchanged figures Tuesday, while Seattle countered at $900,000. The sides settled $25,000 below the midpoint.
The deal came one day before Seattle is expected to complete a $78 million, five-year contract for ace Felix Hernandez, who also filed for arbitration.
The team expects Hernandez to complete a physical Thursday that will finalize the contract.
First baseman Casey Kotchman is the only other Seattle player still in arbitration.
The 26-year-old League is the third Mariners reliever to sign and avoid arbitration this week, after Mark Lowe and closer David Aardsma.
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