Marlins give Fernandez big raise


Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $2.8 million contract for 2016, a big increase over his salary of $651,000 last year.

The Marlins’ other five arbitration-eligible players also reached one-year deals, the team said Friday.

Fernandez returned from Tommy John surgery at midseason last year and went 6-1 with a 2.92 ERA in 11 starts. The Marlins have so far resisted trade overtures for him this offseason.

He will receive bonuses of $50,000 for making 23 and 25 starts, and $100,000 if he makes 27 starts.

Also reaching agreements were shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, and right-handers Tom Koehler, David Phelps, A.J. Ramos and Carter Capps.

Second baseman Dee Gordon avoided arbitration this week when he agreed to a $50 million, five-year contract. He’ll make $3 million this year, $7.5 million in 2017, $10.5 million in 2018, $13 million in 2019 and $13.5 million in 2020.

In Washington, Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals agreed Friday to a $10.4 million contract for next season, avoiding arbitration.

The Nationals also reached deals with infielders Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon, and outfielder Ben Revere.

Friday is when teams and players submit salary figures for arbitration. But Washington avoided the sometimes-contentious process with all five of its players who initially filed for arbitration on Tuesday, including catcher Wilson Ramos.

Strasburg gets a raise of $3 million from 2015, when he went 11-7 with a 3.46 ERA and was limited to 23 starts because of injuries.

In New York, Matt Harvey and the Mets reached a one-year deal for $4,325,000 on Friday, rather than go to salary arbitration.

The Mets also settled with four other players. They exchanged arbitration figures with first baseman Lucas Duda and three others.

Harvey made $614,000 last year while going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA in his first season back from Tommy John surgery. Harvey can make additional $25,000 for pitching 200 innings — he threw 189⅓ last year amid much talk about an innings limit — and $25,000 for winning the Cy Young Award.

Also settling with the Mets on one-year deals were shortstop Ruben Tejada and relievers Carlos Torres, Addison Reed and Josh Edgin.