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Mariners reach agreement with Kotchman

Club avoids arbitration hearing with new first baseman

02/03/10 5:27 PM EST

SEATTLE -- The Mariners and first baseman Casey Kotchman have reached agreement on a one-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

Kotchman, acquired from the Red Sox on Jan. 7 for utility infielder Bill Hall and cash, sought a $3.9 million contract through salary arbitration while the Mariners offered $3.135 million.

Details of the agreement have not been announced, but it is believed that the two sides split the difference and Kotchman will receive about $3.5 million in 2010.

The agreement, confirmed by the organization, means the Mariners settled on all six of their salary arbitration cases.

Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez signed a four-year, $20.5 million contract extension on Jan. 8; right-handed relievers David Aardsma and Mark Lowe signed on Jan. 19 for $2.75 million and $1.15 million, respectively; and, the following day, ace right-hander Felix Hernandez signed a five-year, $78 million contract extension and right-handed reliever Brandon League also reached an agreement.

Jim Street is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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