Marlins agree to $6.5M deal with Stanton, also avoid arbitration with Dunn, Cishek
The Miami Marlins reached agreements with slugger Giancarlo Stanton, left-handed pitcher Mike Dunn and closer Steve Cishek prior to Friday's 1 p.m. arbitration deadline.
Giancarlo Stanton has hit 117 home runs since breaking into the majors in 2010.
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By Christina De Nicola
The Marlins reached agreements with slugger Giancarlo Stanton, left-handed pitcher Mike Dunn and closer Steve Cishek before Friday's 1 p.m. arbitration deadline.
Stanton, who currently makes $537,000 a year, will see his salary jump to $6.5 million in 2014, according to FOX Sports MLB insider Ken Rosenthal. He will earn an additional $100,000 if he makes 600 plate appearances, a feat he has accomplished just once (601 in 2011) in his four seasons.
The 24-year-old doesn't become a free agent until the 2017 season, but could be traded before then if he elects to continue with one-year contracts rather than sign long term with the organization. Since breaking in as a rookie in 2010 (489 games), Stanton has knocked 117 home runs.
Dunn avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $1.4 million deal. He made $492,500 during a career season in which he went 3-4 with a 2.66 ERA. The 28-year-old appeared in a team and career-high 75 games, striking out 72 batters while walking just 28 in 67 2/3 innings. He led the team with 18 holds.
Cishek's salary will reportedly jump to $3.8 million after earning $505,000 in 2013. The 27-year-old completed his first season as closer with a 4-6 record, 2.33 ERA and 34 saves. He converted his final 29 opportunities to set a club record and finished second in the Majors in save percentage (94.4).
So glad to get this done! @andrewlowenthal and the #marlins both worked so hard and I'm thankful beyond belief. Phew... Let's get to work!
All three players were arbitration-eligible for the first time.
Earlier in the offseason, Miami didn't tender right-hander Ryan Webb's contract. Webb signed with the Orioles. The Marlins also traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano, who was up for arbitration, to the Cubs in December.