The Marlins’ acquisition of Heath Bell led many to conclude Juan Carlos Oviedo, the closer formerly known as Leo Nunez, would not be tendered a contract. President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest said the club did in fact plan to tender the arbitration-eligible Oviedo a contract before the Dec. 12 deadline. That came as somewhat of a surprise, considering Nunez could command upward of $6 million through arbitration.
“Everything has gone pretty well in terms of the paperwork and the process, but he still needs to go through the U.S. side of things,” Beinfest said. “All I can tell you is the immigration is up in the air and as of today we plan on tendering him.”
The Marlins placed Oviedo on the restricted list when it was revealed he’d been playing under an assumed identity.
Tendering Oviedo does not guarantee he’s going to play for the Marlins in 2012. If the Marlins could look to trade him. Nunez may not have a lot of value as a closer in this market place, but plenty of tea...