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Expect Mariners to keep their arb-eligible arms

Colome, Elias posted strong seasons in 2018
November 28, 2018

SEATTLE -- The Mariners are expected to offer contracts to both of their remaining arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday's 5 p.m. PT non-tender deadline.Right-handed reliever Alex Colome and left-hander Roenis Elias are the Mariners' lone arbitration-eligible players after James Paxton and Mike Zunino were traded in the past two weeks.The

SEATTLE -- The Mariners are expected to offer contracts to both of their remaining arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday's 5 p.m. PT non-tender deadline.
Right-handed reliever Alex Colome and left-hander Roenis Elias are the Mariners' lone arbitration-eligible players after James Paxton and Mike Zunino were traded in the past two weeks.
The Mariners previously had outrighted relievers Justin Grimm and Ryan Cook to Triple-A Tacoma, while pitchers Erasmo Ramirez and Nick Vincent declined outrights and became free agents and catcher Chris Herrmann was claimed off waivers by the Astros. All would have been arbitration-eligible had they remained on the 40-man roster.
Colome earned $5.3 million in 2018 and is expected to get a significant raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility, but he remains a key piece in Seattle's bullpen plans -- or as a trade chip this offseason -- after posting a 2.53 ERA in 47 outings since being acquired from the Rays in May.
Elias earned just over the Major League minimum at $580,000 last season and is entering his first year of the arbitration process. The 30-year-old went 3-1 with a 2.65 ERA in 23 appearances, including four spot starts, after being re-acquired from the Red Sox in an April trade.
Teams have to tender contracts to all players on their roster by Friday's deadline or they become free agents. That's a routine procedure for players with less than three years of service time earning the MLB minimum. But clubs sometimes non-tender -- or don't offer contracts -- to arbitration-eligible players in the 4-6 year category who might be in line for significant salary increases that aren't consistent with their perceived value to the team.

Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB.