July 2010

Coghlan back in lineup

Out since the sixth inning on Saturday because of a sore lower back, Chris Coghlan is in the starting lineup for the Marlins on Wednesday.

The Marlins and Rockies play their third of four games at Sun Life Stadium. Ricky Nolasco is getting the start. Catcher Brad Davis is making his MLB debut.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Robertson designated for assignment

A day after his toughest outing of the season, Nate Robertson was designated for assignment.

Coming off a 10-0 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night, Robertson allowed a season most eight runs, with seven earned over five innings.

Robertson was 6-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 19 games, including 18 starts. He threw 100 1/3 innings.

The Marlins acquired Robertson from the Tigers for lefty prospect Jay Voss towards the end of Spring Training.

The Marlins also placed catcher Brett Hayes on the 15-day disabled list with a left wrist contusion.

Right-hander Jorge Sosa and catcher Brad Davis each had their contracts selected from Triple-A New Orleans.

– Joe Frisaro

 

2011 opener likely at home

Josh Johnson vs. Johan Santana.

The pitching matchup attracted 41,245 at Citi Field on Opening Day when the Marlins took on the Mets.

The two All-Star pitchers are fixtures on their respective teams. Chances are, they will be matched up again on Opening Day in 2011. This time in Miami.

Nothing is official, as schedules for next season have yet to be released, but indications are the Marlins will face the Mets in the ’11 opener. The game most likely will be on a Friday night.

The 2011 season will be the Marlins last at Sun Life Stadium, their home since their inaugural 1993 campaign.

Recently, the Marlins worked out a one-year lease extension to play at Sun Life Stadium in 2011.

There was some speculation a few weeks ago that the Marlins would open against the Mets, but with the series being played in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While the Marlins are expected to play three games in Puerto Rico in ’11, it won’t be their first series.

In 2012, the Marlins are moving into their new retractable-roof ballpark in the Little Havana section of Miami.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins-Rockies Tuesday

The Marlins go for their fourth straight on Tuesday when they face the Rockies at Sun Life Stadium. In a matchup of left-handers, Nate Robertson makes the start against Jeff Francis.

 

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1) Dexter Fowler, CF

2) Jonathan Herrera, 2B

3) Melvin Mora, LF

4) Ryan Spilborghs, RF

5) Chris Ianetta, C

6) Brad Eldred, 1B

7) Ian Stewart, 3B

8) Clint Barmes, SS

9) Jeff Francis, P

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, LF

2) Wes Helms, 3B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 1B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Nate Robertson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Internal talks underway to keep Uggla

Can the Marlins afford Dan Uggla?

Perhaps the bigger question is can they afford not to sign their power-hitting second baseman?

Mentioned in trade rumors for more than a year, Uggla remains a core player on the Marlins. The organization knows what it has in the gritty 30-year-old. They also are not in any rush to move him.

uggla.jpgWhile teams covet Uggla, the Marlins are not likely to trade him before the end of the season.

In fact, the front office already is talking internally about signing him to a multi-year contract this fall. They have yet to approach Uggla or his agent, Jeff Borris, about a long-term deal. But those conversations are underway.

The Marlins have tested the trade market on a number of players, including Uggla. What teams have offered in return for one of the top slugging second baseman in the game has not been worth making a move.

The Marlins could see themselves having Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson and Uggla signed to multi-year contracts when they head into their new ballpark in 2012.

For a team like the Marlins, who are overly cautious when signing multi-year contracts, they want to make as safe an investment as possible.

An argument can be made that since his rookie season in 2006, no other Marlin has been more consistent than Uggla. Once again he is on pace for 30 homers and 90 RBIs. Later this season, he will become the team’s all-time home run leader. He has 137, which is third highest. Mike Lowell holds the mark with 143.

Uggla is making $7.8 million this season, and his salary figure will jump again in 2011, his final season of arbitration. If the Marlins consider say, a three-year contract, they might be able to work something out in the $27 million range. That would average $9 million a season.

Now, if Uggla’s demands are well over $10 million a season, something likely won’t get done. But if there is willingness from both sides, something can be worked out.

It would seem in the best interest of both parties to make that happen. If Uggla is traded or signs as a free agent after 2011, he may have a limited market to play second base. Several clubs that have coveted him in the past — Rockies, Giants, Red Sox — all talked about moving him to third base, first base or left field.

From the Marlins standpoint, rewarding the two-time All-Star would show a sign of loyalty. Consider the bargain he was before he reached arbitration in 2009. From 2006-08, Uggla collected 90 homers and he drove in 270 runs. Over that span, Florida paid him $1.136 million.

By giving Uggla a minimum three-years means he and Ramirez would solidify the middle infield for the foreseeable future, as well as keep a power bat in the middle of the order. 

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins face Jimenez, Rockies

 Stephen Strasburg on Friday. Ubaldo Jimenez on Monday. The task doesn’t get any easier for the Marlins,w ho are looking to inch their way back into playoff contention.

The Marlins and Rockies open a four-game set at Sun Life Stadium on Monday. Anibal Sanchez takes the mound for Florida. Colorado is going with Jimenez, who carries a 15-1 record into the contest.

 

 

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1) Seth Smith, LF

2) Jonathan Herrera, 2B

3) Carlos Gonzalez, CF

4) Jason Giambi, 1B

5) Miguel Olivo, C

6) Brad Hawpe, RF

7) Ian Stewart, 3B

8) Clint Barmes, SS

9) Ubaldo Jimenez, P

 

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1) Emilio Bonifacio, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Petersen recalled from Triple-A

The Marlins added a left-handed bat off the bench on Sunday morning, recalling outfielder Bryan Petersen from Triple-A New Orleans.

The 24-year-old has been called up and sent down a couple of times previously this season. He’s appeared in 12 games for the Marlins this season. He’s 1-for-16 with Florida, with his lone hit being a pinch-hit single in his first big league plate appearance.

Petersen, who was batting .259 at New Orleans, replaces the roster spot vacated when infielder Mike Lamb was designated for assignment.

Petersen is capable of playing all three outfield positions, and he also is a pinch-run options. He addes some outfield depth at a time Chris Coghlan is dealing with a lower back strain.

Coghlan left Saturday’s game after the fifth inning due to back discomfort.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins second round pick signs

At least part of the Marlins future is getting a head start now.

The organization is in the process of signing some of their 2010 First-Year Player Draft picks. The highest choice to date has now signed — second rounder Rob Rasmussen. The 21-year-old left-hander attended UCLA. He reached agreement on Thursday, making him the sixth player in Florida’s top 10 to sign.

Still unsigned is top pick, left-handed hitting outfielder Christian Yelich.

All Draft picks have until Aug. 16 to sign. If they don’t, by league rule, the team would receive a compensatory pick in the same slot in the 2011 Draft.

Yelich was picked 23rd, and indications are he will eventually sign.

As a fallback plan, Yelich has a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Miami.

– Joe Frisaro
 

Marlins-Nationals lineups

Strasburg vs. Nolasco.

It’s one of the best pitching matchups of the season, and it gets underway in the first game of the second half for the Marlins.

Ricky Nolasco has won four straight for the Marlins, who draw the Nationals on Friday night. Rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg, with his 100 mph fastball, takes the mound for Washington.

The lone lineup change the Marlins are making is swapping Dan Uggla with Jorge Cantu. Uggla will bat fourth, with Cantu sliding to fifth.

 

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1) Nyjer Morgan, CF

2) Cristian Guzman, 2B

3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Josh Willingham, LF

6) Ivan Rodriguez, C

7) Roger Bernadina, RF

8) Ian Desmond, SS

9) Stephen Strasburg, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

McKeon: Steinbrenner a winner

On the night the Marlins celebrated one of their greatest victories, George Steinbrenner was gracious in defeat.

When it was all over on that October night at Yankee Stadium in 2003, outside the press room, away from the view of the media, Steinbrenner congratulated Jack McKeon following Game 6 of the World Series.

“He was always good. When we won the World Series in New York, he came down and congratulated me,” McKeon said on Tuesday. “He said we deserved it, and he was happy for me.”

It was just another example of Steinbrenner giving praise to those deserving.

The passing of Steinbrenner on Tuesday brought back memories of the legendary Yankees owner.

McKeon, now a Marlins special advisor, had a long history dealing with Steinbrenner. When McKeon was the general manager of the Padres in the 1980s, he swung several trades with Steinbrenner’s Yankees.

One of them was trading Dennis Rasmussen to the Yankees for third baseman Craig Nettles, a move that helped the Padres reach the World Series in 1984.

In another deal, McKeon dealt John Montefusco to New York as part of a trade that brought second baseman Edwin Rodriguez to the Padres.

Rodriguez had a brief playing career with the Yankees and Padres. Now, at age 49, he is the Marlins manager, and first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history.

For more than three decades, McKeon has had great respect for Steinbrenner.

“I got a number of telegrams on my office wall where he congratulated me,” McKeon said. “I still take a lot of pride in the 1984 World Series, he sent me a telegram saying, ‘Congratulations, you took me to the cleaners many times, in trades.’ “

Steinbrenner also sent his wishes when McKeon was named NL Manager of the Year with the Reds in 1999.

McKeon recalled a time when he was in the Reds system, working for then Cincinnati GM Jim Bowden. McKeon was in the office of former Yankees GM Gene Michael discussing a possible trade.

“When I was working with the Reds, and I was Bowden’s assistant, we were trying to make a deal, and I was in Gene Michael’s office,” McKeon said. “I was talking to Gene and George walked into the room and he said to Michael, ‘Hey, watch this guy, he will try to pick your pocket.’

“George was a warrior and he was a winner. Regardless of what it cost or what, he was going to win.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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