Right-hander Ryan Webb, the Marlins' lone arbitration-eligible player, agreed to terms on a one-year contract before Friday's deadline to exchange figures.
Webb will earn $975,000, and can make an additional $10,000 if he appears in 67 games.
Acquired from the Padres as part of the Cameron Maybin deal before the 2011 season, Webb in 2012 made 65 appearances (60 1/3 innings) and went 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA. His ERA jumped from 3.20 (50 2/3 innings) in 2011, but many of Webb's peripherals improved.
His walks per nine innings dipped from 3.6 to 3.0 and his strikeouts per nine climbed from 5.5 to 6.6. In addition, Webb's FIP (fielding independent pitching) went down from 3.62 to 3.26 and his BABIP (batting average on balls in play) spiked 61 points to .350. Those numbers indicate the Marlins' defense didn't do him many favors and he had plenty of bad luck. Fifteen of the 72 hits (20.8 percent) Webb allowed did not leave the infield.
If the season started today, Webb likely would be the senior member of a bullpen that figures to be chocked full of young arms. Steve Cishek, the projected closer, has 122 2/3 career major league innings to his credit. Other emerging guys like A.J. Ramos, Chris Hatcher, Tom Koehler and Dan Jennings figure to get long looks this spring.
The Marlins also have some relievers with big-league experience signed to minor league contracts, including Scott Maine, Michael Wuertz and Jonathan Albaladejo.
Marlins, Webb agree to deal, avoid arbitration
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