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Marlins Win Nunez Arbitration Case

February 8, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Florida Marlins beat Vladimir Nunez in the second arbitration case of the year, and the pitcher will make $1.4 million this season instead of the $1.75 million he asked for.

Arbitrators Kenneth Perea, Jack Clarke, I.B. Helburn issued their decision Saturday, one day after hearing the case in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The 27-year-old right-hander, who asking for a raise from $360,000 to $1.75 million, was 6-5 with 20 saves and a 3.41 ERA for the Marlins last season and became eligible for arbitration for the first time.

In the first arbitration decision this year, Cincinnati beat pitcher Bruce Chen, who got a raise from $300,000 to $700,000 instead of the $830,000 he asked for. Chen and Nunez both are represented by Scott Boras.

Boras also represents four-time Cy Young Award winner Greg Maddux, the biggest name among the 16 players remaining in arbitration. Maddux has asked for $16 million, and the Braves have offered $13.5 million.

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