Marlins Plan To Tender Contract To Oviedo

MONDAY: The Marlins plan to tender a contract to Oviedo, president Larry Beinfest told reporters including Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post.

THURSDAY: Now that the Marlins have agreed to terms with Heath Bell, the club won't be tendering Juan Carlos Oviedo a contract, a source tells Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio (Twitter link).  Oviedo was projected to earn $5.8MM in arbitration this winter and would've almost certainly been non-tendered even if the Marlins hadn't signed a new closer.  The non-tender deadline is December 12.

Oviedo, 29, is currently facing legal charges following the revelation that his former "Leo Nunez" identity belonged to another person in the Dominican Republic.  The right-hander posted decent numbers last season (a 4.06 ERA, 2.62 K/BB ratio) but it's unlikely any team will pursue Oviedo until his legal issues are behind him.

51 Responses to Marlins Plan To Tender Contract To Oviedo Leave a Reply

  1. Who the hell is Juan Carlos Oviedo?? Was he in the minors?

  2. Marc LaRocco 4 years ago

    How many games did he blow last year?

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Nunez (or whatever) was burned out when he started blowing games. Same thing every year. The Fish constantly have been over using him and he just starts getting tired around mid August.

      This problem of his is not like some social lepers people seem to not mind, like roid head Ramirez the Rays signed, ARod etc… I would have no problem getting him..

      If you don’t wear him out he is a jam up reliever IMO.

  3. I like how Bowden sighted his “source.” Does he not know that everyone else knew this too? lol Good job sir. 

  4. joeybw 4 years ago

    I don’t like this name, he’s Leo Nunez and I liked him a lot as a MR/SU, he’s just not a closer. Especially not if you have a weak stomach. I wouldn’t mind the Rays signing him for MR at all, he’s got some nasty stuff. He also got overused with the Marlins.

  5. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    If he had just been honest instead of getting himself in this mess, he would’ve had the contract instead of Heath Bell. He probably would’ve pitched better too, not having his identity crisis hanging over his head.

  6. MacK Korris 4 years ago

    Jeez, I was like “Who’s this, and why is he projected to make $5.9M?!” Then I went to his baseball reference profile, and still had no clue, and was befuddled how such an avid fan like me could miss the Marlins closer for 3 years. Ah, Leo Nunez, you tricky S.O.B.

  7. He sounds like the future closer for my Mets

  8. Why not call him Juan Oviedo?

    • eyedessert 4 years ago

      Now that he’s no longer needed, he can change his name to J.C. Olvidado.

      • Notin J. Notin 4 years ago

        Or to J. Carlos Adioso

        • eyedessert 4 years ago

          Juan C. Yulater kinda has a nice ring to it.

          • Wainwrights_Curveball 4 years ago

            Or we could just keep calling him Leo Nunez.

  9. joeybw 4 years ago

    I’ll go for middle ground. I will call him the pitcher formerly known as Leo Nunez. This Juan Carlos Oviedo sounds fake, that last name is literally a pitcher in my minor league system who is of course, made up. He doesn’t sound real.

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      On MLB the Show?

    • Matt Moore 4 years ago

      Cause on MLB The Show there is a pitcher in the minors named Ozzie Guillen.

  10. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    im not a fan of the new disqus system.

    • Lastings 4 years ago

      I thought I was alone on that

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      Truer words were never spoken.

    • Tko11 4 years ago

      Is Disqus affiliated with youtube? Youtubes entire layout changed last night as well…But I agree, both are awful. I dont know why facebook and other sites keep changing stuff because they think it will be better but most of the time they just make it worse…just leave it alone!!! Ughh so irritating lol.

      • Jason_F 4 years ago

        Gosh, where do these free services I use get off all trying to improve themselves? I’m not giving them my money any more…oh wait.

        • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

          but they are making money off you though 

          • Jason_F 4 years ago

            Right, by me consuming their FREE product with my implicit approval for them to advertise to me.  

            This attitude that assumes you have a right to tell someone how to run a service that you, the end-user, gets free of cost is pretty damn narcissistic.  Do you really think they would be changing their product if they thought it would result in fewer people using it?  Have you even considered that change might be good in the long run?

          • vonhayesdays 4 years ago

            just a quick word of advice stand up in real life so u dont explode on disqus and read my comment over again and tell me where you came up with all this stuff

        • Tko11 4 years ago

          Keyword “trying” none of them actually improve they just become irritating to use. Why not just stick to simplicity and leave it alone.

          • Jason_F 4 years ago

            Then don’t use them.  Problem solved.

          • Tko11 4 years ago

            Its like saying you dont like pollution then dont drive a car…In order to be on this site and comment you need to use Disqus. 

          • Jason_F 4 years ago

            You’re confusing simplicity with simply being comfortable and used to the current version of whatever free service you are complaining about and, apparently, can’t live without.

          • Tko11 4 years ago

            No actually Im not…Have you seen the new youtube and compared the new facebook to the old? They added additional toolbars and status bars and other stuff that makes the pages look anything but simple. Free service which the company is making money off of, wouldnt necessarily call that free. By me and others using their service they are making big money, look at facebook… Anyway about this Leo Nunez guy…

  11. cookmeister 4 years ago

    i wonder how long it will take to sort out legal issues.  Plenty of teams should be in on him, i hope the Angels are one of them

  12. Twinkilling61 4 years ago

    Twins please. Maybe compete for the closer job.

  13. nats2012 4 years ago

    If Leo Nunez gets his legal troubles out of the way, he would be a solid pickup for a team.

  14. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I am now batting .167 in the free agent contest.. I feel like vernon wells.. I’m surprised I havent been booooo’d yet 

  15. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    Like this if you had no idea who this was 

  16. ludafish 4 years ago

    When his identity crisis is over, he could be a good pitcher. Good stuff, and when he isnt changeup happy he gets outs. It would have been great to keep him for cheap cause of the crisis.

  17. Zuidvogels 4 years ago

    I heard his real name is actually Keyser Söze.

  18. He’ll probably be traded.

  19. Tender and Trade I predict. I suppose he could set-up, but seems expensive.

  20. rsanchez1 4 years ago

    Good luck when he starts throwing all changeups.

  21. miamiroc 4 years ago

    The closer formerly known as Leo Nunez.

  22. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    the indians need to sign him and Lowe needs to pitch 8 innings and he closes and it will be all change up.

  23. Matt Moore 4 years ago

    Cant everyone just keep calling him that?

  24. Matt Moore 4 years ago


  25. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Cool story bro. (I don’t get it)

  26. I did not know, I´m not a Marlins fan, so take it easy…

  27. eyedessert 4 years ago

    Only if he gets some crappy symbol to go with that name.

  28. Notin J. Notin 4 years ago

    Only if we go back to referring to Santiago Casilla as Jairo Garcia…

  29. suffern 4 years ago

    Let me assist, I translate swa-stupid for a living:

    “I think that it would be an ultimate move if the Indians of Cleveland were to acquire Mr. Nunez/Mr. Oviedo’s services for the upcoming baseball campaign. I believe it would be intriguing to watch a combination of Lowe/Said Reliever combine to pitch a game, hurling the baseball at a median speed of 83-85 miles per hour.”

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