State of Marlins update

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest addressed the local media on Thursday, advancing the upcoming Winter Meetings in Indianapolis.

Among the highlights were:

* Expect Marlins to be active in Indy.

* Eight internal candidates for five rotation spots: Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Sean West, Chris Volstad, Anibal Sanchez, Andrew Miller, Rick VandenHurk, Hayden Penn.

* Leo Nunez is the frontrunner to be the closer. Matt Lindstrom would have to win spot back.

* Team is prepared to lead off Chris Coghlan once again in 2010, although his speed isn’t prototypical for the position.

* Alfredo Amezaga remains slowed by his microfracture surgery to his left kneecap. The hope is Amezaga will be ready for Spring Training, but that is unclear right now.

* Cameron Maybin (shoulder), Cody Ross (wrist) and Jorge Cantu (ankle) are all progressing nicely from their end of season injuries.

* Without offering specifics, Beinfest didn’t dismiss the prospect of still trying to work out a multiyear contract with Josh Johnson.

— Joe Frisaro


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