The Miami Marlins avoided arbitration with reliever Mike Dunn on Sunday when they signed him to a two-year contract.
The deal will be worth $5.8 million over the next two seasons. There is also a chance for Dunn to earn an extra $100,000 via incentives. Without completing this deal, Dunn would have had his 2015 salary determined by an arbitration hearing this month.
When a deadline passed in January, Dunn submitted a request for $2.6 million while the Marlins countered with an offer of $2.355 million. Under this new contract, Dunn will actually earn less than both figures in 2015. Dunn's salary for next season is set at $2.35 million with an additional $3.45 million coming in 2016.
Dunn has been a member of the Marlins since the 2011 season after beginning his career with the Atlanta Braves. Over the past four seasons with the Marlins, Dunn has compiled an 18-19 record to go along with a 3.42 E.R.A. The veteran lefty has also managed to stay healthy and has taken part in more than 70 games three times in the last four years.
In 2015, Dunn figures to assume the same role he held last season and will likely be asked to pick up important outs in a setup role. The reliever could also work multiple innings on occasion if needed.
Last week, the Marlins beat Mat Latos in a hearing which leaves only David Phelps left in terms of arbitration. The pitcher who was acquired from the New York Yankees this off-season figures to be a part of the bullpen in 2015.
Pitchers and catchers are set to report to spring training on February 20th.