Penny, Pavano agree to one-year deals

Updated: January 20, 2004, 9:10 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins agreed to terms with two key members of their rotation Tuesday, reaching one-year deals with right-handers Brad Penny and Carl Pavano.

With the signings, the World Series champions avoided going to salary arbitration with any of their players.

Penny, 25, won two games in the Series against the New York Yankees. He went 14-10 with a 4.13 ERA in 32 starts, and ranks second in team history with 40 career wins, two behind Ryan Dempster.

Penny will get $3,725,000, up from a $1.9 million salary last season.

Pavano, 28, split time as a starter and reliever during the postseason. He started Game 4 of the Series against Roger Clemens, and both pitchers got a no-decision.

Pavano went 12-13 with a 4.30 ERA and pitched 201 innings. he will get $3.8 million, more than doubling his $1.6 million salary in 2003.

Penny and Pavano will be part of a young, experienced rotation that will include World Series MVP Josh Beckett, 23, and Dontrelle Willis, 22. Lefty Michael Tejera will be given a chance to replace Mark Redman, who was traded to Oakland.

A.J. Burnett, 27, could be ready to join the team by the early part of the season after undergoing ligament surgery April 29.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press