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South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

Mitre, Marlins avoid arbitration

By Juan C. Rodriguez




11:44 AM EST, January 18, 2008


The Marlins and right-hander Sergio Mitre agreed on a one-year, $1.2 million contract Friday morning, avoiding arbitration.


Mitre can earn an additional $25,000 for totaling 180 innings and $25,000 for making the All-Star team.


Right-hander Kevin Gregg and infielder Alfredo Amezaga are the Marlins' two remaining arbitration-eligible players. If deals aren't agreed upon before figures are exchanged later today, the Marlins will leave it up to the arbitrators to decide their 2008 salaries.

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MIAMI - The Florida Marlins today announced they have reached agreements on 2008 contracts with Alfredo Amezaga, Kevin Gregg and Sergio Mitre, avoiding arbitration with all three players. On Thursday, the Marlins reached an agreement with Matt Treanor on a 2008 contract. The announcements were made by Marlins President of Baseball Operations Admin Beinfest.




Amezaga appeared in 133 games last season, making appearances at seven different positions. He hit .263 (105x400) with 14 doubles, 46 runs and 13 stolen bases. He was signed by the Marlins as a free agent on Nov. 22, 2005.




Gregg led the Marlins with 32 saves (36 opps.) and his 88.9 save percentage ranked third in the NL among pitchers with 30+ saves. He made a career-high 74 appearances and had a 3.54 ERA with 87 strikeouts in 84 innings. Gregg was acquired by the Marlins from Los Angeles (AL) on Nov. 20, 2006 in exchange for RHP Chris Resop.




Mitre was 5-8, 4.65 in a career-high 27 games, all starts. He had a 2.85 ERA prior to the All-Star break and did not allow an earned run over three consecutive starts, May 25-June 5 (16.2 IP). Mitre was acquired in a four-player trade with the Cubs on Dec. 7, 2005.




Treanor batted .269 with 46 hits, including four homers, in a career-high 171 at bats. He made 50 starts at catcher, matching his career-high, and was voted the Charlie Hough ?Good Guy? winner by the S. Florida chapter of the BBWAA. He was acquired by the Marlins from the Royals in 1997.




Additional information on the 2008 Marlins is available on the team?s website, www.floridamarlins.com. Full statistics on the players in today?s transactions are available on MLB.com.

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i thought olivo's big thing going for him was that he was the strongest player on the team.... i could be wrong


I think that was more speculation than fact. Personally I would have to believe Willingham, Uggla, Olivo, and Cabrera were the strongest guys out there. But it's close... Hell, Uggla could easily be the strongest guy on the team. Dude looks like Zach Thomas at second base.

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