Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that reliever Mike Dunn has avoided arbitration with the Marlins. The two sides agreed on a two-year, $5.8 million deal, which buys out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility. Dunn will earn $2.35 million in 2015 and $3.45 million in 2016.
Dunn had filed for $2.6 million and the Marlins countered with $2.355 million. The average annual value of $2.9 million is slightly more than Dunn had asked for and about $500,000 above the midpoint of the two figures.
Dunn, 29, finished with a 3.16 ERA and a 67/22 K/BB ratio over 57 innings last season for the Marlins. The lefty has significantly reduced his walk rate in recent years while continuing to rank in the top-30 in strikeout rate among relief pitchers.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.