Even though he's been outspoken in his multi-year contract demands for Josh Johnson, the Marlins can't say agent Matt Sosnick won't deal with them. On Thursday, another of Sosnick's clients -- right-hander Ricky Nolasco -- avoided arbitration with the Marlins by agreeing to a one-year deal for $3.8 million.
Nolasco got off to a horrendous start last season and was demoted to the minors. But he ended strongly, going 7-2 after the All-Star break and finishing with an overall mark of 13-9 and 5.06 ERA.
The Marlins now have seven arbitration-eligible players remaining: Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, Leo Nunez, Dan Uggla, Renyel Pinto, Cody Ross and Jorge Cantu.
NOTE: Travis "Gookie" Dawkins, a shortstop for Triple A New Orleans last season, has received a 50-day suspension by the commissioner's office for violating the league's substance-abuse policy a second time.