2012 Contract Issues: Florida Marlins

The Marlins are next in our 2012 Contract Issues series.

Eligible For Free Agency (4)

  • Javier Vazquez's lost 2010 season with the Yankees allowed the Marlins to get him on a one-year deal.  Can he re-establish himself?
  • Omar Infante was a key component to the Dan Uggla deal.  A strong season could cement him as a regular and result in the best contract of his career.
  • Bench players Wes Helms and Greg Dobbs also project as free agents.

Contract Options (0)

Arbitration Eligible (9)

Not all of these players will make it to the point of being tendered a contract.  Coghlan and Hensley will still be affordable.  With Vazquez up for free agency, Sanchez will probably be retained even in the $6MM range.  Nunez might be a tough sell for the Marlins at a price exceeding $5MM.

2012 Payroll Obligation

The Marlins' 2012 payroll obligation is $45.75MM, according to Cot's Baseball Contracts, with Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson, and Ricky Nolasco leading the way.  With the new stadium the team's payroll could rise to $70MM, but arbitration eligible players could account for more than $15MM, leaving the team with less than $10MM to work with.  Of course $70MM is just one reporter's speculation, and trading or non-tendering Sanchez and/or Nunez would free up money.



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