Marlins and Dan Uggla headed to arbitration

Updated: January 20, 2009, 5:19 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins agreed to one-year contracts with pitcher Ricky Nolasco, outfielder Cody Ross and utility player Alfredo Amezaga on Tuesday, avoiding salary arbitration with all three players.

Nolasco agreed to a $2.4 million, one-year deal and can earn $50,000 in performance bonuses. The 26-year-old right-hander had a breakout season in 2008, going 15-8 with a 3.52 ERA in 212 1-3 innings. He made the major league minimum $390,000 last year.

Ross gets $2.25 million next season with a chance for $25,000 in performance bonuses, and Amezaga agreed to a deal worth $1.3 million plus $100,000 in available bonuses.

Florida and All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla did not reach an agreement before players and teams exchanged figures Tuesday. The club said if the sides didn't strike a deal by Tuesday, the case would go to a hearing in February.

Uggla, who made $417,000 last year, asked for $5.35 million in 2009. The team offered $4.4 million.

Uggla hit .260 with 32 home runs and 92 RBIs last season. He made his second All-Star appearance, but committed three errors in the game and struggled mightily after the break.

Third baseman Jorge Cantu and outfielder Jeremy Hermida agreed to deals with the team Monday night.

Cantu gets $3.5 million in 2009 after making $600,000 last year, when he batted .277 with 29 home runs and 95 RBIs.

Hermida's deal is for $2.25 million. He batted .249 for the Marlins in 2008 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs, making $395,000.


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