Seven offseason signings costing $31.585 million
MIAMI — New revenue streams that will be generated from the Marlins new ballpark have resulted in the club dramatically raising payroll.
More contract details were obtained by MLB.com on Monday.
The seven players who have signed big league deals this offseason will cost the club $31.585 million for 2012.
The players are Edward Mujican ($1.625 million), Juan Carlos Oviedo ($6 million), Heath Bell ($6 million), Mark Buehrle ($6 million), Jose Reyes ($10 million), Greg Dobbs ($1.4 million) and Donnie Murphy ($560,000).
Oviedo’s playing status has not been resolved. His visa is still pending, and the right-hander seeks to be removed from MLB’s restricted list.
Oviedo’s contract is pending that he is eligible, and the Marlins may also seek to trade the reliever formally known as Leo Nunez.
Bell, meanwhile, will receive a $3 million signing bonus which is deferred without interest.
Buehrle’s contract includes a $4 million signing bonus which is deferred without interest.
Two more salaries will be added to the list in about a week. On Friday, Anibal Sanchez will have his arbitration hearing, while Emilio Bonifacio’s hearing is set for Feb. 7.
Sanchez is seeking $8 million, while the Marlins are countering at $6.9 million.
Miami and Bonifacio are $250,000 apart in their impasse. Bonifacio is asking for $2.2 million, compared to the $1.95 million being offered by the team.
The arbitration panel will decide either the high or low number for both players.
– Joe Frisaro