Nunez agrees for $2 million

The Marlins on Tuesday reached agreement on a one-year, $2 million deal with closer Leo Nunez.

Nunez, 26, will head into Spring Training as the frontrunner to close. The right-hander is in his

first season of arbitration, and he collected 26 saves in 33 opportunities a year ago.

Acquired from the Royals for Mike Jacobs in 2008, Nunez appeared in 75 games and he finished 4-6 with

a 4.06 ERA. He tossed 68 2/3 innings, striking out 60 while walking 27. He was hurt by the long ball,

allowing 13 home runs.

When 2009 began, Nunez was in a setup role to Matt Lindstrom, who was traded to the Astros in

December.

Nunez made $414,500 in 2009.

– Joe Frisaro

 

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