The Marlins entered Friday with five arbitration-eligible players and took care of all their business. Adam Conley, J.T. Realmuto, Miguel Rojas, Dan Straily and José Ureña each agreed to one-year deals for the 2019 season.
There was a 1 p.m. ET deadline for MLB teams and players to exchange salary figures. Historically, the Marlins have treated it as a hard deadline for negotiations, too (“file-and-trial” approach). Unresolved cases go before an independent arbitration panel, who rules in favor of either the player or the team. They’ll avoid that awkwardness this year after taking three players—Realmuto, Straily and Justin Bour—to hearings in 2018.
Here are the five settlements with links to the reporters who had the details first:
- J.T. Realmuto settles at $5.9 million ($3 million raise from 2018)
- Dan Straily settles at $5 million ($1.625 million raise from 2018)
- José Ureña settles at $3.2 million ($2.625 million raise from 2018)
- Miguel Rojas settles at $3.155 million ($1.865 million raise from 2018)
- Adam Conley* settles at $1.175 million
*It’s difficult to know exactly what Conley earned last season because of time spent in Triple-A, but this deal more than doubles his previous salary.
Realmuto can potentially boost his earnings by $150,000 through performance bonuses:
J.T. Realmuto 2019 bonuses :— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) January 11, 2019
Gold Glove 50K
All Star 50k
Silver Slugger 50k
Overall, the Marlins are adding $18.43 million to their Opening Day payroll. That’s almost precisely what MLB Trade Rumors had projected ($18.4 million).
So far this offseason, the Marlins have not inked a single major league free agent. Unless that changes, they’re on track for similar spending to the 2016 team ($77,715,306). Actually, it is more likely that the payroll goes down from here, not up. Realmuto trade negotiations are intensifying, and his new team would presumably absorb the All-Star’s full salary.
All five of these guys will be eligible for arbitration again in 2020, when you’d expect additional pay raises unless they are extended or released before then.