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Marlins agree to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica

Jan 17, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

Leo Nunez celebrates

The Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica tonight, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.

According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Nunez will make $3.65 million plus performance bonuses based on games finished. Nunez earned $2 million last season while posting a 3.46 ERA, 71/21 K/BB ratio and 30 saves in 38 chances. He was removed from the closer role after a nightmare month of August, where he posted a bloated 9.38 ERA and blew three saves, but is expected to regain the ninth-inning gig in 2011.

Mujica was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 26-year-old right-hander was acquired from the Padres in November as part of the Cameron Maybin trade. He has a 3.80 ERA and 148/25 K/BB ratio over the past two seasons, but has enjoyed most of his success at the pitcher-friendly PETCO Park.

Interestingly, according to Rodriguez, Nunez will now be the highest paid reliever under Jeffrey Loria’s decade-long run as owner. The previous high was Armando Benitez, who earned $3.5 million with the club during the 2004 season.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Compare Nuñez’ implosive numbers last year with Benitez’ numbers in 2004, when he was just about the only really effective post-fifth-inning pitcher the Feesh had. This will place the idiotic $18MM-plus overpayment the Feesh made to catching mediocrity John Buck this offseason in a somewhat more consistent light. This is what happens when Scrooge McLoria’s accountant tells him he needs a loss leader? I think I liked his Alistair Sim impersonation better, horrifying as that sounds. And last August wasn’t a “nightmare;” most of it occurred while the few dozen fans at Joeprodolsharklife Stadium were wide awake, discussing the soon-to-open Dolphins’ training camp, even if Nuñez wasn’t awake himself most of the time.

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