Marlins agree to 1-year deals with Cantu, Hermida

Updated: January 19, 2009, 10:26 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins agreed to one-year contracts Monday with third baseman Jorge Cantu and right fielder Jeremy Hermida, avoiding salary arbitration with both players.

Cantu gets $3.5 million, and Hermida's deal is for $2.25 million. Neither agreement was publicly confirmed by the Marlins.

Cantu, who made $600,000 last year, had a comeback season, hitting .277 with 29 home runs and 95 RBIs.

Hermida batted .249 for the Marlins in 2008 with 17 home runs and 61 RBIs. He made $395,000 last season.

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