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Amezaga agrees with Dodgers

One of the most versatile players to wear a Marlins uniform in recent years has found another job.

Alfredo Amezaga has reached agreement on a Minor League deal with the Dodgers. The 31-year-old utility player has an invitation to big league camp.

If Amezaga makes the Dodgers, he will earn $650,000, and if he meets all his incentives, he can earn another $800,000.

The 31-year-old has been with the Marlins since 2006. A switch-hitter, Amezaga has a career batting average of .251 with a .311 on-base percentage. A knee injury limited him to 27 games last year, and over the summer he underwent microfracture surgery after experiencing a bone bruise.

He was cleared to run in January, and worked out recently for four clubs. 

The Marlins maintained interest in bringing Amezaga back. While Amezaga enjoyed his tenure with Florida, he felt this was his best opportunity.

Because Amezaga is recovering from microfracture surgery to his left knee, the Marlins felt it was too risky to tender him a contract in December. A natural middle infielder who is an above average defensive center fielder, Amezaga made $1.3 million this past year and he appeared in just 27 games.

At the Winter Meetings in December, the Dodgers and Cubs explored acquiring Amezaga in a trade. But Amezaga wasn’t medically cleared at that time.

A natural middle infielder, Amezaga saw substantial time in center field. And he played every position but pitcher and catcher as a Marlin.

Emilio Bonifacio is the frontrunner to assume Amezaga’s utlity role.

— Joe Frisaro




Amezaga cleared to run

Alfredo Amezaga has been cleared to start his running program.

The versatile veteran, who was not tendered an offer by the Marlins in December, is slated to work out for teams next week. After that, he will start entertaining offers.

The Marlins remain interested in Amezaga, but being a free agent, he is exploring all his possibilities.

Amezaga is recovering from microfracture surgery to his left knee. The bone bruise forced him to miss almost all of 2009.

Amezaga is one of the top super utility players in the league. A natural middle infielder, he’s also a solid defensive outfielder. In his tenure with the Marlins, he’s played every position except pitcher and catcher.

— Joe Frisaro



Richar signs Minor League deal

If Alfredo Amezaga opts to sign with another club, the Marlins have another possible all-purpose utility replacement.

The Marlins recently signed Danny Richar to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training. The 26-year-old is signed for a basic Minor League contract. He will make $12,000 a month if he is in the Minor Leagues, and $410,000 if he makes the big league club.

A natural middle infielder, Richar is versatile enough to also play third base and outfield.

In 2009, he appeared in seven games for the Reds, and he has 79 big league games of experience over three seasons. In 2007, he saw action in 56 games with the White Sox.

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins non-tender; Paulino agrees

It was a difficult decision, but one the Marlins felt they had to make because the risk was too high.

On Saturday night, the club opted to non-tender versatile Alfredo Amezaga, making the 31-year-old a free agent.

With less than 30 minutes before the 11:59 p.m. ET tender deadline, the club announced it reached contract agreement with catcher Ronny Paulino for the 2010 season.

The Marlins tendered their remaining eight arbitration-eligible players — Josh Johnson, Cody Ross, Ricky Nolasco, Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla, Leo Nunez, Renyel Pinto and Anibal Sanchez.

Amezaga has yet to begin running after undergoing microfracture knee surgery over the summer. The uncertainty over his knee made tendering him a contract too risky. So the Marlins are cutting ties with one of the top utility players in the big leagues.

Knee problems limited Amezaga to 27 games and 69 at-bats in 2009. The veteran made $1.3 million this past season, and if he were tendered a contract, his salary would again have exceeded $1 million.

The hope is that he will be ready for Spring Training, but there still is a medical risk for the natural middle infielder, who also is an above average fielding outfielder.

The Marlins can still try to re-sign Amezaga, but now he is on the open market.

— Joe Frisaro


Aribitration-eligible Marlins

Working with a tight budget, the Marlins will have to make some tough choices regarding which of their arbitration-eligible players they will look to bring back.

In all, the team has 11 players from the 2009 roster in their arbitration years. The list includes a number of big names, including Josh Johnson, Dan Uggla, Ricky Nolasco and Jorge Cantu.

Not all are expected back, and already the Marlins have fielded inquires about Uggla and Cantu. Now, that doesn’t mean the team couldn’t one or both back.

The Marlins also are expected to make a push to signing Johnson to a multiyear contract.

Basically, players with three to six years of MLB service time are in their arbitration years. Once they reach six years, they can qualify for free agency.

Here’s a look at the service time (years and days) of the Marlins up for arbitration:

Alfredo Amezaga, 5 years, 97 days

Jorge Cantu, 5.036

Josh Johnson, 4.026

Matt Lindstrom, 3.000

Ricky Nolasco, 3.142

Leo Nunez, 3.108

Ronny Paulino, 3.112

Renyel Pinto, 3.083

Cody Ross, 4.058

Anibal Sanchez, 3.099

Dan Uggla, 4.000

— Joe Frisaro

Sanchez gets called up

Miami native Gaby Sanchez is joining the Marlins in San Diego.

The Marlins announced on Tuesday that Sanchez is being called up to replace Andrew Miller on the roster.

The left-handed Miller was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans after Monday’s 3-2 win over the Padres. The team has yet to announce who will be brought up.

Sanchez, 25, entered Spring Training as the frontrunner to win the Marlins first base job. But he struggled in the spring, and opened the season at New Orleans, where he’s been a productive middle of the lineup hitter.

Sanchez is batting .284 for the Zephyrs with nine home runs and 39 RBIs in 60 games.

For more than a month, Sanchez has played third base. He is a first base/third base option.

The Marlins offense has struggled of late, and Sanchez could provide a spark. The question is, where will he play?

Emilio Bonifacio has been the starting third baseman all season. Bonifacio has had his ups and downs at the plate and in the field.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez could platoon Sanchez and Bonifacio. Bonifacio also could be used in a utility role, which the team has been missing with Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list for the rest of the season.

The Marlins carried 13 pitchers on Monday. Bringing up Sanchez makes it once again 13 position players, which gives Gonzalez more options off the bench.

— Joe Frisaro


Amezaga season over

All-purpose Alfredo Amezaga, one of the top utility players in the big leagues, will undergo microfracture surgery on his left knee on Monday and he will miss the remainder of the season.

Amezaga has been one of the most versatile Marlins since he joined the team in 2006. But the 31-year-old infielder/outfielder has been on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee.

The team revealed on Wednesday that Amezaga will have the season-ending surgery performed by Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Co.

Amezaga last played on May 16, and he’s appeared in 27 games this season, batting .217. A switch-hitter, he has a .251 career batting average, but his value to the club has been his ability to play above-average defense in the infield and center field.

The Marlins initially placed Amezaga on the 15-day disabled list on May 21, retroactive to May 17. On Thursday, he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list, and infielder Andy Gonzalez had his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans.

Amezaga played in the World Baseball Classic for Mexico, but he suffered a right knee injury in the first round.

Last week, Amezaga had an initial visit to Dr. Steadman.

— Joe Frisaro



Lindstrom throwing, Kiko close

Friday was an active day for Marlins pitchers on the disabled list.

Closer Matt Lindstrom threw off flat ground for about 10 minutes. It’s the first time the right-hander is tossing a ball since he went on the DL with a right elbow sprain on June 24.

“I felt better than I thought I was going to,” Lindstrom said. “It was coming out of my hand pretty good for being 10 days off.”

Lindstrom is scheduled to continue throwing daily. When the Marlins head to San Francisco after Sunday’s game, the right-hander expects to stay in South Florida. He expects to continue his throwing program at the team’s Roger Dean complex in Jupiter, Fla.

Lindstrom hasn’t ruled out being activated shortly after the All-Star Break.

Reliever Kiko Calero, on the disabled list since June 21, is slated to throw in rehab assignment games for Class A Jupiter on Saturday and Monday. If all goes well, Calero could rejoin the team in Arizona. The Marlins open a four-game set with the Diamondbacks on July 9.

Starter Anibal Sanchez, out with a right shoulder sprain since June 4, is slated to throw a light bullpen session on Saturday. The Marlins aren’t pushing it with Sanchez. There is no time line as to when he may be back.

Not much has changed in the status of utility man Alfredo Amezaga, who has been resting a bone bruise to his left knee since May 21.

Amezaga visited Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Co., on Wednesday. The diagnosis remains a bone bruise, and Amezaga has been advised to keep resting.

— Joe Frisaro


Pinto making progress

All signs point to Renyel Pinto returning for the series with the Yankees, perhaps as early as Friday at Land Shark Stadium.

On the disabled list since May 25, retroactive to May 23, with left elbow inflammation, Pinto is in the process of throwing rehab assignments. He threw a scoreless inning for Class A Jupiter on Sunday.

The plan is for him to throw back-to-back days with Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday. If that goes well, he will be off on Thursday.

The Marlins take on the Yankees on Friday. There is a chance he could be reinstated for the weekend series with New York.

When Pinto returns, the Marlins again will have two lefties in their bullpen. Currently, Dan Meyer is the only one.

Less progress is being made with Alfredo Amezaga, who has been out since May 21 with a bone bruise to his left knee. Amezaga still feels discomfort when he does any running exercises.

Because he’s missed so much time, he could be out until the All-Star Break. There is no real timeline.

— Joe Frisaro


Amezaga will be a while

The healing process is taking a while for Alfredo Amezaga.

On the disabled list since May 21, retro to May 17, with a left knee contusion, Amezaga is weeks away from returning.

Actually, he’s suffering from a bone bruise to the side of his left knee. The Marlins versatile utility man has not yet started any baseball-related activities. He’s been undergoing treatment. He did some light throwing a few days ago, but he hasn’t reached the point where he is ready to field ground balls or run.

He rides the stationary bike.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team hasn’t talked yet about when he will start running, fielding or hitting. And before he returns, he will play in several rehab assignment games.

With a bone bruise, it is tough to estimate a time frame.

“We haven’t got to a target point yet,” Gonzalez said.

It could be another month.

In 2007, Jeremy Hermida suffered a bone bruise to his right kneecap. He fouled a ball of his knee in Spring Training, and his first game with the Marlins that year was May 14.

— Joe Frisaro