Marlins, lefty reliever Dunn agree to 2-year deal, avoid arbitration

BY foxsports • February 8, 2015

The Miami Marlins and reliever Mike Dunn agreed to a two-year deal Sunday to avoid arbitration.

Dunn, who went 10-6 with a 3.16 ERA and 22 holds in 75 appearances (matching his career high) in 2014, is the lone returning left-handed arm in the bullpen after the Marlins dealt Dan Jennings to the Chicago White Sox. Over six seasons, Dunn is 20-19 with a 3.36 ERA in 311 games. Dunn, who turns 30 in May, has an 18-19 record and 3.42 ERA in 282 outings in four years with the Marlins.

Earlier this week, Miami beat right-hander Mat Latos by $1 million in an arbitration hearing. The Marlins must still come to terms or settle a case with right-hander David Phelps, who came to the club from the New York Yankees.

Miami usually doesn't negotiate with a player once the arbitration deadline passes. By signing Dunn to a two-year deal, the Marlins maintain continuity at the back-end of their bullpen with Dunn as well as righties A.J. Ramos and Bryan Morris under contract for multiple seasons. Closer Steve Cishek avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $6.65 million deal last month.

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