NEW YORK -- The Mets are down to one potential salary arbitration case after they settled their case with their outfielder Ryan Church. The right fielder agreed to a $2 million salary for the 2008 season, an increase of $1,605,000 over the salary he earned with the Nationals last season.
Church had sought $2.45 million and the Mets' proposal had been $1.75 million. He is the fifth Mets player to settle among the six who exchanged numbers. Aaron Heilman settled before the proposals were announced. Endy Chavez, Pedro Feliciano and Jorge Sosa also settled, leaving Oliver Perez as the lone pending case.
The Mets, who have not gone to hearing in an arbitration case since 1992, submitted $4,725,000 as their proposal. Perez, represented by agent Scott Boras, is seeking $6.5 million.
Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.