Luis Gonzalez reaches preliminary agreement on $2 million, 1-year deal with Marlins
MIAMI -- Free-agent outfielder Luis Gonzalez and the Florida Marlins reached a preliminary agreement on a $2 million, one-year contract.
Gonzalez must pass a physical for the deal to be completed, a person familiar with the negotiations said Thursday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team had not yet announced the agreement.
The contract includes $1 million in performance bonuses.
Florida also agreed to a one-year contract with infielder Dallas McPherson. A former top prospect in the Angels' system, McPherson missed the 2007 season after undergoing back surgery a year ago to remove a herniated disc.
Gonzalez hit .278 with 15 home runs and 68 RBIs last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played in 139 games but became a part-time player in the second half of the season.
He's a career .284 hitter with 346 home runs, including 57 for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. The Marlins will be his sixth team.
McPherson has a .247 career average with 18 home runs in 117 games over three seasons with the Angels. He was their second-round draft pick in 2001.
"I look forward to getting Dallas into camp and having some competition over at third base," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He's a left-handed hitter that has shown good offensive numbers, and he has some versatility in where he could play."
To make room on their 40-man roster, the Marlins designated left-hander Chris Seddon for assignment.
Marlins pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout in Jupiter on Feb. 18. The first full-squad workout will be Feb. 21.
AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York contributed to this report.
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