The Mariners have reached agreement with right-handed closer David Aardsma for $2.75 million and right-handed setup reliever Mark Lowe for $1.5 million, avoiding salary arbitration in both cases.
“I’m very excited and happy,” Aardsma said. “Now I don’t have to worry about (salary arbitration). I can just go out there and get ready to play.”
Aardsma and Lowe were among the five Mariners who filed for salary arbitration and was to exchange salary figures with the team on Tuesday. The others are right-handed reliever Brandon League, first baseman Casey Kotchman, and ace right-hander Felix Hernandez, who reportedly has agreed to a multiyear contract.
The 28-year-old Aardsma was 38-for-42 in save opportunities and led the American League with 18 “quality” saves, defined as coming into a game with the tying run in scoring position or protecting a one-run lead for at least one inning.
— Jim Street