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Mike Dunn gets 2-year contract from Marlins, avoids arbitration

Left-handed reliever Mike Dunn avoided salary arbitration Sunday by signing a two-year contract with the Marlins for $5.8 million.

The deal calls for Dunn to receive $2.35 million in 2015 and $3.45 million in 2016.

With the deal, the Marlins bought out Dunn's final two arbitration years. The earliest he is eligible for free agency is after the '16 season.

Dunn, 29, the Marlins' lefty workhorse out of the bullpen, has appeared in 282 games for them since coming over from in the 2010 trade with Atlanta for Dan Uggla. Dunn has made 75 relief appearances in each of the past two seasons.

Last season, he went 10-6 with a 3.16 ERA.

Dunn had filed for a 2015 salary figure of $2.6 million while the Marlins had countered with $2.355 million, or close to the figure he'll receive this coming season with his new contract.

With Dunn and Mat Latos out of the way, the Marlins have only one remaining arbitration case. That is with pitcher David Phelps.

Dunn becomes the first player under this ownership regime to work out a deal after both sides had exchanged arbitration figures. The Marlins have a long-standing policy in the arbitration process, refusing to cut deals with players after both sides have exchanged figures -- but not unless the player agrees to their figure. Since Dunn's 2015 salary is $50,000 below the Marlins' filing figure, the two sides ironed out the two-year contract.

Dunn is represented by agent Tom O'Connell of O'Connell Sports Management.

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