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Mets, Maine agree to terms on contract

Mets, Maine agree to terms on deal

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NEW YORK -- The Mets agreed to terms with John Maine on Friday evening, avoiding arbitration with the right-hander moments after he and four other Mets filed for the process.

Pedro Feliciano, Jeff Francoeur, Sean Green and Angel Pagan remain without contracts for next season. They will exchange figures with the Mets on Tuesday and will have hearings scheduled for the first three weeks of February, though the Mets can come to terms with any of them long before that time.

When Oliver Perez went to a hearing in 2008, it marked the first time the Mets had gone to arbitration with a player in 16 years.

Maine, 28, went 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA last season, spending much of it on the disabled list after offseason surgery to remove a bone spur from his right shoulder. He enters the 2010 season as the club's No. 3 starter.

Feliciano, 33, has been the team's top left-handed specialist since 2006. Last year, he broke his own club record by appearing in 88 games, posting a 3.03 ERA and holding opposing hitters to a .231 average.

Francoeur, 26, came to the Mets in a midseason trade for Ryan Church. Playing down the stretch with a torn ligament in his left thumb, Francoeur nonetheless hit .311 with 10 home runs in 75 games after joining the Mets. He and the team have been discussing a long-term deal.

Green, 30, was part of the deal that sent J.J. Putz from Seattle to Flushing last winter. A right-handed specialist, Green struggled in his first season with the Mets, posting a 4.52 ERA and leading many to speculate that the Mets would not tender him a contract after the season.

Pagan, 28, may well play an expanded role with the Mets after this week's revelation that regular center fielder Carlos Beltran will miss the start of the regular season recovering from knee surgery. Pagan, who has struggled through injuries over the past two seasons, performed admirably in Beltran's absence last year, hitting .306 with 14 steals and 54 runs in 343 at-bats.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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