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Winker, Mariners avoid arbitration with $14.5M, 2-year deal

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SEATTLE All-Star Outfielder Jesse Winker and the Seattle Mariners avoided a salary arbitration hearing when they agreed to a two-year, $14.5 million contract on Thursday.

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Winker will receive $6.25 million this year and $8.25 million in 2023.

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In the second season, he can earn $400,000 in record bonuses: $100,000 for 500 and 550, and $200,000 for 600.

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He can also earn reward bonuses of $150,000 for MVP, $100,000 for World Series MVP, and $50,000 each for All-Star, League Championship Series MVP, Silver Slugger, and Golden Glove picks. He will receive $25,000 for an All-Star selection.

The 28-year-old was scheduled for a hearing next Wednesday.

“I don’t want to say that I really thought about it a lot. But I think that no matter who you are, it’s somewhere in your mind,” Winker said. But it’s good that you don’t have to think about anything else. I really like it here, and this is where I want to be. So I’m excited about it.”

When the proposed figures were exchanged in March, Winker demanded an increase from $3.15 million to $7 million, while Seattle offered $5.4 million.

Last year, Winker made his first All-Star for Cincinnati, posting a career high with a .305 batting average, 24 homers and 71 RBIs. In March, he was traded for a pitcher with third baseman Eugenio Suarez. Justin Dunnoutfielder Jake Frehleytop pitching prospect Brandon Williamson and right-hander Connor Phillips.

Winker has struggled for Seattle, hitting .214 with four homers and 24 RBIs and only occasionally this season with hard contact. He leads the AL with 38 walks.



Source: mlb.nbcsports.com

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