Hensley, Sanchez agree to terms
The remaing two unsigned Marlins eligible for arbitration are now under contract.
Clay Hensley and Anibal Sanchez each avoided arbitration on Tuesday by reaching agreements on one-year contracts.
Hensley’s deal, according to a source, is worth $1.4 million. The right-hander can collect another $50,000 in incentives for 35 games finished.
A non-roster invite in 2010, Hensley became the team’s most versatile pitcher in 2010. He opened the season pitching in long relief before he become the primary eighth inning setup reliever. In September, he became the closer, and logged seven saves.
Hensley was 3-4 with a 2.16 ERA. In 75 innings, he struck out 77 while walking 29.
Sanchez, who turns 27 on Feb. 27, was 13-12 with a 3.55 ERA last year. The right-hander paced the team in starts (32) and innings pitched (195).
Now, Sanchez will be looking to build on his solid 2010. He was especially strong after the All-Star Break, posting a 3.44 ERA in 91 2/3 innings.
Sanchez made $1.25 million in 2010, his first year eligible for arbitration.
The Marlins have club control over Sanchez through 2012, the franchise’s first year in their new ballpark. The right-hander will be eligible for free agency in 2013, if he isn’t signed to a multiyear contract.
Hensley, meanwhile, earned $425,000 in ’10, and this is his first arbitration year.
When Spring Training opens on Feb. 18, Hensley projects to return to a setup role. However, he is a fallback option to close.
– Joe Frisaro