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Floyd Agrees to Marlins’ Contract

January 16, 1998

MIAMI (AP) _ Outfielder Cliff Floyd agreed Friday to a $500,000, one-year contract with the Florida Marlins, leaving the team with only one pending arbitration case _ All-Star catcher Charles Johnson.

Floyd, 25, made $390,000 last season, when he hit .235 in 61 games for Florida. He is expected to replace the departed Moises Alou in left field this year.

The Marlins will exchange salary figures with Johnson’s agent Monday. If the case goes to an arbitration hearing, it would be the first in the team’s six-year history.

Agent Scott Boras is thought to be looking for a salary in the $3 million range for Johnson, who has won three Gold Gloves in three major league seasons. He made $290,000 in 1997.

``We would much prefer to reach an agreement on every contract,″ said assistant general manager Frank Wren, who handles arbitration negotiations for the club. ``But this is why this process is here.″

The Marlins also agreed to one-year contracts with right-handers Blaine Mull and Brian Meadows, left-hander Jesus Martinez and outfielders Ryan Jackson and Julio Ramirez.

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