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World champs renew contracts of Beckett, Willis, Cabrera

Postby WebHamster » Wed Mar 03, 2004 3:00 am

Jupiter, FL (Sports Network) - The World Series champion Florida Marlins renewed the contracts of three players Tuesday, including Fall Classic MVP Josh Beckett. Florida also extended the contracts of left-handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis and third baseman/outfielder Miguel Cabrera.

The 23-year-old Beckett, who will likely be the Marlins' opening day starter, went 9-8 with a 3.04 ERA last season. For his three-year career, the righty is 17-17 with a 3.32 ERA in 51 games -- 48 starts.

Beckett pitched a shutout during the decisive Game 6 of the World Series against the New York Yankees.

Willis, 22, was called up from Double-A Jupiter last season and joined the starting rotation shortly after. He finished 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA en route to capturing the National League Rookie of the Year award. Willis, who is known for his unusually high leg kick, struck out 142 batters in 160 2/3 innings.

The 20-year-old Cabrera, who was also called up from Jupiter last year, provided offensive spark to the middle of the lineup. He batted .268 with 12 homers and 62 RBI. Cabrera filled in for the injured Mike Lowell at third base while also playing the outfield last season.
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