« Marlins Take Third Baseman With Rule 5 Pick | Main | Marlins Sign Four, Extend Spring Training Invitations »

Marlins Non-Tender Alfredo Amezaga; Paulino Gets 1-year Deal for $1.1 million


(UPDATE: It's official. At 11:35 p.m. the Marlins announced they did not tender a contract to Alfredo Amezaga. They also avoided arbitration with catcher Ronny Paulino by agreeing to a one-year contract for $1.1 million, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. Not sure at this point if the contract includes performance incentives. The other eight arbitration-eligible players were tendered. They are Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Leo Nunez, Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Jorge Cantu and Renyel Pinto.)


No surprise here. The Marlins did not tender a contract to super utility player Alfredo Amezaga, who now becomes a free agent.

Still no word on the other nine arbitration-eligible players as the 11:59 p.m. deadline approaches.

    Amezaga's agent, Mike Nicotera, said he and his client were notified about 8:45 p.m. by Larry Beinfest and Mike Hill.

    "I think Alfredo told Larry, "I just want to thank you for allowing me to play in the big leagues with you guys,'" Nicotera said.

    Nicotera said the Marlins made it clear that "they have not closed the door" on Amezaga. But he said Amezaga would explore the market.

    Amezaga missed most of last season with a knee injury that required microfracture surgery. Through the arbitration process, Amezaga would have received a slight raise on his 2009 salary of $1.3 million, making him a risk the Marlins were not willing to take. The Marlins might be willing to sign Amezaga at a reduced price.

It's expected the Marlins will tender offers to all of their other arbitration-eligible players, though Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com tweeted earlier that the team was undecided about catcher Ronny Paulino.

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Dave

Marlins should go after the following non-tendered players:
3B Garrett Atkins
P Matt Capps
1B/OF Ryan Garko
P Clay Condrey

Atkins can be plugged in a 3B keeping Cantu at 1B where he started 2009. Capps can close or at least be the 8th inning guy.

marlininseattle

Somewhere Paolo is rejoicing.

Dave,
From what I read Atkins can expect to make upwards of 8 million. I doubt the Marlins would give hime half of that amount.

The comments to this entry are closed.