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Matt Treanor Signed

Mbaamin was the first to report, and actually the whole topic was covered very well by the FishStripers, in yesterday's Chum Bucket. The Marlins and Matt Treanor avoided arbitration with him accepting the Marlins offer.

Marlins catcher Matt Treanor has a new contract. Now, he hopes to open the season with a starting job.

Treanor and the Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $705,000 contract Thursday.

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The Marlins haven't said how they'll use Treanor in 2008, but he's expected to start more games than recently acquired Mike Rabelo.

"As far as playing time goes, I would hope I would be considered as a guy who would be able to catch every day for the Marlins,'' Treanor said at Roger Dean Stadium.

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"I didn't come up through the minor leagues being a backup catcher. I know it's been a few years since I've had an opportunity to catch every day, but it's something I have done before,'' said Treanor, who spent more than 10 years in the minors before making his debut in 2004.

"I don't want management to think that I'm coming in expecting a job. I'm coming in ready to earn a job," Treanor said.

First off, it doesn't surprise me that this didn't go to arbitration.  The Marlins, historically, make very fair offers to arbitration eligible players.  Which was the reason the Marlins and Dontrelle never had to go through the process.

Second, in the above part of the article is the first I've heard that Treanor is expected to get more time behind the plate than Rabelo.  And that suits me just fine.

Treanor has seniority and has turned himself into a pretty good catcher, defensively, on offense and maybe most importantly handling the staff.  He is also good with the fans, but I doubt that matters much to the front office.

Disclaimer: I am a Treanor fan, which should be taken into account.

Once again if you click on the link I am taking Joe's article out of the order it was written.

That leaves three Marlins players who are still arbitration eligible.

The Marlins have until noon today to reach contract agreements with their three remaining arbitration players: pitchers Sergio Mitre and Kevin Gregg and utility player Alfredo Amezaga.

If no deal is reached, the sides will exchange proposals and prepare for an independent arbitrator to decide the salaries.

If the Marlins and the players can't reach an agreement today then the club will stop negotiations and both sides will get ready for the hearing date.  Which normally isn't a big deal since the two sides are probably not that far apart.