Monday, October 3, 2022

Miami Marlins sign left-handed pitcher Richard Bleier to contract extension

MIAMI –The Miami Marlins today signed LHP Richard Bleier to a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season with a club option for 2024.

Bleier, 34, enters his third season with the Marlins after he was acquired on August 1, 2020, from Baltimore in exchange for a player to be named later (INF Isaac De Leon). He was 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA in a career-high 68 appearances in 2021. Bleier became just the sixth relief pitcher in Major League history to pitch at least 58.0 innings and allow six walks or less while maintaining an ERA less than 3.00. He joined Dennis Eckersley (1990), Mariano Rivera (2008), Wilton Lopez (2010), Edward Mujica (2013) and Pat Neshek (2017).

Across six Major League seasons, the South Plantation High School product and Miami Beach native is 12-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 253 games (249.0 IP). Bleier is one of just 16 pitchers in Major League history to pitch in at least 250 games, maintain a career ERA less than 3.00 and have a BB/9 less than 1.5, a list headlined by Cy Young.

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