Joe Frisaro is reporting that the Marlins have tendered contracts to all five arbitration eligible Fish before tonight’s 11:59pm deadline. That means Steve Cishek, Casey McGehee, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, and Mike Dunn will all be retained by the Marlins.
This prevents all five players from walking as free agents; the tender means the Marlins will have them signed to a contract but the amount of their salaries as of yet have to be determined.
The biggest arby-eligible player for the Marlins was, of course, Giancarlo Stanton, who re-signed with a 13 year deal worth $325M.
Of the remaining players, Cishek estimates to take home the biggest payday; estimates are up in the $6-7M range. McGehee will also see a significant increase, from about $1.1M last season to $3.5 this upcoming season. Alvarez made significant strides and was the de facto ace of the staff after Jose Fernandez went down which means he will also see a significant increase, percentage-wise, from his modest rookie salary around $500K. Expect similar money for Eovaldi who, despite his inconsistencies, still logged a staff high 199.2 IP last season. Dunn should see his pay double after another consistent relief campaign in 2014, logging over 70 appearances for the second straight season.
This does underscore the Marlins’ commitment to winning. They should definitely work and retain the players they have developed and brought on board to help create stability and build a sustainable winner. The cost will go up, as that is what happens when value increases. Then again, that also means wins should increase, too.