NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- The New York Mets kept their non-arbitration streak alive Sunday, signing newly acquired lefthander Shawn Estes to a one-year contract worth $6.2 million plus incentives.
Estes was asking for $7.1 million in arbitration while the Mets offered $5.8 million. He made $4.725 million in 2001.
"The last thing I wanted to do was go to arbitration with a new team," Estes said.
The Mets have not gone to arbitration with a player since 1992 with David Cone.
New York acquired the 29-year-old Estes from the San Francisco Giants for outfielder Tsuyoshi Shinjo and infielder Desi Relaford on Dec. 16.
Estes went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 27 starts last season, but won 15 games in 2000 and 19 in 1997. He is 64-50 with a 4.25 ERA in 160 major league starts -- all with San Francisco.
Estes was one of three major pitching acquisitions by the Mets in the offseason, joining Pedro Astacio and Jeff D'Amico.