Bullpen shaping up
Perhaps there is just one bullpen spot left to fill at Marlins camp.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez shed some light on some of the relievers who are moving closer to winning spots on the Opening Day roster.
The Marlins anticipate carrying 12 relievers, and Leo Nunez is locked in as the closer. The team anticipates carrying two lefties. They are expected to be Renyel Pinto and Dan Meyer. Both are out of options.
Also strong possibilities to make the team are right-handers Brian Sanches and Jose Veras, in camp on a Minor League contract. Burke Badenhop is a frontrunner to be the long reliever.
“This can change,” said Gonzalez, noting that other candidates may pop across the waiver wire.
If these five hold true, there will be one reliever spot open.
Candidates include Mike MacDougal, Seth McClung, Tim Wood, Chris Leroux and Scott Strickland.
The team may also decide to keep someone like Clay Hensley, who is in the mix for a rotation spot. If Hensley isn’t in the rotation, he could be an option in relief. The same would hold true for Rick VandenHurk and Hayden Penn, who are currently being used as starters.
— Joe Frisaro