Marlins News Update
March 3rd, 2004
Beckett, Willis, and Cabrera Sign On for the 2004 Season
On Tuesday the Marlins resigned the final three remaining unsigned players on their 40 man roster. Josh Beckett signed a 1 year deal worth $1.5 million. Interestingly, Beckett earned $1.725 million last season which was the final year of the contract he signed after being drafted with the 2nd overall pick in the 1999 draft.
When asked about his 12.5% pay cut Beckett said. “I get paid to play baseball.” “I’m way overpaid for my service time.”
Beckett’s agent, Mike Moye followed up by saying “Josh understands it’s business and is simply looking forward to playing baseball and having a great season.”
Despite the apparent lack of respect the Marlins appear to be showing a player who helped carry them down the stretch and won the World Series MVP. Beckett will be among the highest-paid players in the major league with less than three years experience. Beckett is eligible for arbitration following the 2004 season.
The Marlins also signed two of their most important contributors in last championship season to new contracts for the 2004 season, pitcher Dontrelle Willis agreed to a one year deal worth $353,500 and RF Miguel Cabrera signed a 1 year deal worth $320,000. Both players contracts have stipulations regarding demotion to the minors.