Dunn signs two-year deal, avoids arbitration hearing

Marlins left-hander to make $2.35 million in '15, $3.45 million in '16

Dunn signs two-year deal, avoids arbitration hearing

MIAMI -- The Marlins avoided an arbitration hearing with Mike Dunn on Sunday night by signing the left-hander to a two-year contract, according to his agent Tom O'Connell.

The primary lefty in Miami's bullpen, Dunn will make $2.35 million this year and $3.45 million in 2016. He has a chance to earn another $100,000 in incentives.

In his second season eligible for arbitration, Dunn initially was unable to reach agreement with the club by the Jan. 16 salary exchange deadline. Per team policy, when a deal isn't completed by the deadline, they resolve the salary dispute at an arbitration hearing.

The exception is when a multiyear deal can be worked out.

Dunn escapes a jam

Dunn initially filed at $2.6 million, while the Marlins countered at $2.355 million.

With Dunn locked up, the lone Marlins salary case is with right-hander David Phelps, who filed at $1.875 million. The team's offer is $1.4 million.

On Thursday, the Marlins won their arbitration case with right-hander Mat Latos, who will make $9.4 million instead of $10.4 million.

Dunn has been among Miami's more dependable relievers, making 75 appearances in each of the past two seasons. In 2014, he was 10-6 with a 3.16 ERA in 57 innings.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.