Marlins reach agreements with four of seven arbitration-eligible players
The Miami Marlins agreed to 2015 contracts with four of their seven arbitration-eligible players prior to Friday’s 1 p.m. deadline, including closer Steve Cishek, All-Star right-hander Henderson Alvarez and All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon.
Cishek, the club’s closer since taking over duties for Heath Bell in 2012, settled for $6.65 million, according to reports. He has gone 15-14 with a 2.65 ERA and 91 saves in 252 outings. This past season — his fifth in the majors — the 28-year-old collected a career-high 39 saves in 43 opportunities, good for fifth in the National League.
Alvarez, who turns 25 in April, was up for arbitration for the first time. He agreed to a $4 million deal. He went 12-7 with a 2.65 ERA (sixth in the NL) in 30 starts. He tossed three complete game shutouts as the de facto ace with Jose Fernandez out. In 2013, Alvarez threw a no-hitter on Closing Day.
Gordon, up for arbitration for the first time, received $2.5 million plus $25,000 for his 2014 All-Star selection as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Gordon, who turns 27 in April, hit .289 with 24 doubles, a league-leading 12 triples, two homers and 34 RBI. He also paced the majors with 64 stolen bases.
Right-handed reliever Aaron Crow, whom the Marlins acquired from the Kansas City Royals in November, settled at $1.975 million, according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman. The 28-year-old went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 67 appearances in 2014, tossing 59 innings in his fourth major-league season. He was an All-Star as a rookie in 2011.
Three other Marlins will be heading to arbitration hearings. Since 1998, the Marlins have gone 3-7 and have lost four straight.
Setup man Mike Dunn bounced back from a rough start in 2014 to finish 10-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 75 appearances, which matched his career high set the season before. Dunn, who turns 30 in May, is the lone lefty remaining in a bullpen that dealt Dan Jennings. Over six big-league seasons, he is 20-19 with a 3.36 ERA in 311 games. In four years with the Marlins, Dunn has an 18-19 record and 3.42 ERA in 282 outings.
Righty Mat Latos, acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in December, put together a 5-5 record and 3.25 ERA over 16 starts (102 1/3 innings) because of injuries. In his previous two seasons the 27-year-old threw at least 209 1/3 innings. He is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.
Right-hander David Phelps, who comes to the Marlins from the New York Yankees via the trade involving Martin Prado, went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 32 games (17 starts) in 2014. Over three big-league seasons the 28-year-old has a 15-14 record and 4.21 ERA in 87 outings (40 starts).