Marlins and Dan Uggla headed to arbitration
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.
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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