The Mariners made sure they won’t have any arbitration cases hanging over their heads this spring, agreeing to deals with pitchers Brandon League and Shawn Kelley, and left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas on one-year contracts.
By agreeing to terms with the three players, the Mariners have no remaining arbitration-eligible players.
League, 28, ranked third in the American League with 37 saves and was selected to play in his first All-Star Game. He went 1-5 with a 2.79 ERA in a team-high 65 appearances.
In two seasons with the Mariners, League is 10-12 with a 3.14 ERA (49 ER, 140.1 IP) and 43 saves in 135 appearances. His 135 appearances over the last two seasons are tied for seventh-most in the American League.
Vargas, 28, went 10-13 with a 4.25 ERA (95 ER, 201.0 IP) in 32 starts in 2011. The lefty set career highs in strikeouts (131), wins (10), innings (201.0) and starts (32). His deal is reportedly worth $4.5 million. In three seasons with the Mariners, Vargas is 22-31 with a 4.19 ERA in 86 appearances (77 starts).
Kelley, 27, saw limited action last season after coming back from partial Tommy John surgery performed on Sept. 1, 2010. In 10 Major League games, Kelley did not allow a run and scattered seven hits in 12.2 innings. In 15 minor league appearances with AA Jackson and AAA Tacoma, Kelley went 1-1 with a 1.53 ERA (3 ER, 17.2 IP).