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By CHRISTINA De NICOLA  |  Last updated 12/3/13
The Marlins announced that they non-tendered right-handed reliever Ryan Webb and outfielder Chris Coghlan by Monday's midnight deadline, making them free agents. It can then be assumed they did tender contracts to the other five arbitration-eligible players: slugger Giancarlo Stanton, first baseman Logan Morrison, closer Steve Cishek, lefty reliever Mike Dunn and outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Stanton, who is due for a large salary increase from 537,000, experienced a down year to his standards -- a .249 average, 24 home runs and 62 RBI. Despite this, Stanton remains one of the game's top threats at the plate. The 24-year-old right fielder has hit 117 homers and driven in 294 runs in 489 games since his 2010 call-up. From 2011-12, Stanton recorded consecutive seasons of 30-plus long balls and 80-plus RBI. Morrison, who has recently been the talk of trade rumors, batted .242 with six homers and 36 RBI in 2013. The 26-year-old missed the first two months of the season recovering from his second knee surgery in less than two years. Morrison hit .282 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 24 first-half games before tailing off. Cishek (4-6, 2.33 ERA) solidified his closer role after a rough start, finishing the season with a club record 29 consecutive saves. His 94.4 percent save percentage (34 of 36) was tied for the best in the majors. Dunn (3-4, 2.66 ERA) made the most appearances (75) by any Miami pitcher in 2013. The 28-year-old lowered his ERA to its best since 2010. Webb (2-6, 2.91 ERA), another valuable arm in the back end of the bullpen, was not tendered in his second year of arbitration (made 975,000 this year). The 27-year-old pitched in a career-high 66 games and set a personal best by striking out 54 batters in 80 13 innings. Ruggiano, projected in a reserve role, was second to Stanton on the team in homers and plays all three outfield positions. After his surprising 2012 season, the 31-year-old hit just .222 with 18 homers and 50 RBI. He fell four at-bats shy of setting the worst hitless skid in MLB history. Coghlan, hampered by injuries the past few seasons, was on the Opening Day roster the past two seasons. He was the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year. The 28-year-old can play all three outfield spots and the infield. He hit .256 with one homer and 10 RBI in 70 games in 2013. You can follow Christina De Nicola on Twitter @CDeNicola13 or email her at cdenicola13@gmail.com.
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