Marlins settle with Luzardo, 7 others; Arraez Chisholm, Scott heading to arbitration

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The Miami Marlins reached an agreement with left-handed pitcher Jesus Luzardo and seven of their 10 other arbitration-eligible players for the 2024 season ahead of MLB’s Thursday deadline.

But they could not come to terms with three of their other top arbitration-eligible players: Second baseman Luis Arraez, center fielder Jazz Chisholm Jr. and left-handed pitcher Tanner Scott.

For those three, team and player will submit salary figures that each believes the player should make for the 2024 season. Arbitration hearings will take place between Jan. 29 and Feb. 16. At those hearings, each side states its case to a three-person panel, and the panel decides which of the two salaries the player will earn.

Teams and players are allowed to continue negotiating ahead of arbitration hearings, but most work under a file-and-trial policy, an unofficial term that basically means they view the date to exchange arbitration figures as a hard deadline to make a deal.

Luzardo will make $5.5 million in 2024. The 26-year-old left is expected to be the Marlins’ ace in 2024 with Sandy Alcantara out while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Luzardo in 2023 set career highs in 2023 in starts (32), innings pitched (178 2/3) and strikeouts (208). He also posted a 3.58 ERA and held opponents to a .239 batting average.

The other seven the Marlins settled with on Thursday: Right-handed pitchers Anthony Bender and JT Chargois; catcher Christian Bethancourt; left-handed pitchers Steven Okert, A.J. Puk, and Trevor Rogers; and outfielder Jesus Sanchez.

Bender, 28, missed the 2023 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. His return provides the Marlins with a high-leverage right-handed reliever to complement their lefty-heavy bullpen. Bender has a career 2.90 ERA with 88 strikeouts over 80 2/3 innings in his first two big-league seasons. His salary has not been publicly disclosed.

Bethancourt, 32, hit .225 with a .635 on-base-plus-slugging mark, 11 home runs, 33 RBI and 49 runs scored in 104 games for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2023. The Marlins acquired him on Dec. 10 in a trade with the Cleveland Guardians. Bethancourt will make $2.05 million in 2024.

Chargois, acquired last offseason along with Xavier Edwards from the Rays for a pair of low-level pitcher prospects, was one of Miami’s primary high-leverage righty relievers last season. In 46 appearances, including five as an opener, Chargois pitched to a 3.61 ERA over 42 1/3 innings and struck out 35 batters while walking 18. Chargois will make $1.285 million in 2024.

Okert, 32, has spent the past three seasons with the Marlins, compiling a 3.51 ERA with 176 strikeouts against 65 walks over 146 innings in 158 appearances. This is Orkert’s first season being eligible for arbitration. He is under team control through the 2026 season. Okert will make $1.0625 million in 2024.

Puk, acquired late last offseason from the Oakland Athletics, began the 2023 season as Miami’s closer before moving to a set-up role shortly after the All-Star Break. He struck out 78 batters while walking 13 in 56 2/3 innings. Puk will make $1.8 million in 2024.

Rogers, 26, made just four starts in 2023 before his season was derailed by injuries, first his left biceps and then his right lat during a rehab assignment. He is two seasons removed from his stellar 2021 season (25 starts, 2.64 ERA, 157 strikeouts in 133 innings) that landed him as the runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year. Rogers will make $1.53 million in 2024.

And Sanchez, 26, set or tied career highs in 2023 in games played (125), hits (91), doubles (23), triples (three), home runs (14), RBI (52), runs scored (43), batting average (.253) and on-base percentage (.327). Sanchez will make $2.1 million in 2024.

Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez (3) makes his way back to the dugout in the second inning of an MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at loanDepot park on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in Miami, Fla. MATIAS J. OCNER/mocner@miamiherald.com
Miami Marlins second baseman Luis Arraez (3) makes his way back to the dugout in the second inning of an MLB game against the Milwaukee Brewers at loanDepot park on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, in Miami, Fla. MATIAS J. OCNER/mocner@miamiherald.com

The three heading to arbitration

Arraez, acquired last offseason from the Minnesota Twins for Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects, won his second consecutive batting title after hitting .354 with 10 home runs, 30 doubles, three triples, 69 RBI and 71 runs scored in 147 games.

Arraez filed for $12 million, while the Marlins filed at $10.6 million. MLB Trade Rumors projected Arraez to make $10.8 million in 2024, his third of four arbitration seasons.

Chisholm only played 97 games last season, missing time due to a pair of injuries (turf toe and oblique) but was one of the Marlins’ most dynamic players when on the field. He hit 19 home runs and stole 22 bases while posting a .250 batting average and .761 on-base-plus-slugging mark, 51 RBI and 50 runs scored. Chisholm also showed growth defensively in center field during his first season playing the position.

Chisholm filed for $2.9 million, while the Marlins filed at $2.625 million. MLB Trade Rumors projected Chisholm to make $2.8 million in 2024, his first year of arbitration.

Scott, 29, emerged as one of baseball’s best relievers in 2023. He struck out 104 batters in 78 innings over 74 relief appearances and converted 12 of 16 save opportunities.

Scott filed for $5.7 million, while the Marlins filed at $5.15 million. MLB Trade rumors projected Scott to make $5.8 million in 2024, his final year of arbitration.