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Moves on the horizon?

It didn’t take long for the Ronny Paulino situation to resolve itself. Indeed, Paulino was the odd catcher out in Philadelphia. While the Marlins didn’t dismiss the prospect of bringing him in, they didn’t pursue him that hard either.

On Friday night it was announced that Paulino was dealt to the Giants for lefty reliever Jack Taschner.

Taschner, meanwhile, fit the bill for what the Marlins were looking for, a lefty with big league service time.

With so few catching options out there, expect the Marlins to go with Mike Rabelo or Brett Hayes as John Baker’s backup.

Other catching candidates who project to be available include Adam Melhuse, who isn’t part of the Rangers plans.

There isn’t much out there, barring trying to make a significant trade.

The Marlins appear to be in the market for a veteran left-handed bat off the bench to serve as a pinch-hit, spot starter option. And lefty relief help is high on the list.

— Joe Frisaro

Paulino, lefty bullpen help?

Ronny Paulino has a track record of being a starting catcher, which is one reason why the Marlins aren’t discounting bringing the veteran in as an insurance policy for John Baker.

Word out of the Phillies camp is Paulino will be the odd man out in their catcher mix. So he could come at a cheap price.

For now, his name is being considered. Whether he is the right fit the team will ultimately decide. With the Pirates in 2007, he appeared in 133 games and had 11 homers, 55 RBIs and hit .263.

The Marlins are ready to go with either Mike Rabelo or Brett Hayes as the backup.

Adding catching depth is an organizational priority, but so is attracting left-handed relief help.

Dan Meyer, Renyel Pinto and John Koronka are in the mix. Two of the three will make the team, unless the Marlins look elsewhere. Odds are, they will.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez on Friday didn’t rule out looking at the waiver wire.

— Joe Frisaro

Roster moves

Three more players were sent down on Friday.

Reassigned to Minor League camp were reliever Henry Owens, outfielder John Raynor and catcher Brad Davis.

With Davis being sent down, that leaves three catchers in camp.

John Baker will handle the starting role. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the backup position remains wide open. Mike Rabelo and Brett Hayes are in contention.

— Joe Frisaro

Saturday lineup

Saturday will be the last day that the lineup will resemble what the Marlins may put out there on Opening Day. That’s because players in the World Baseball Classic are leaving on Sunday.

Hanley Ramirez, Alfredo Amezaga and Jorge Cantu are position players set to go to the Classic.

On Saturday, the Marlins went with this batting order against the Orioles at Fort Lauderdale Stadium: Cameron Maybin, Alfredo Amezaga, Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu, Dan Uggla, Jeremy Hermida, Cody Ross, Wes Helms and Brett Hayes.

— Joe Frisaro

Defensive lapses 'unacceptable'

On the bright side, the Marlins scored more runs than they made errors.

That point was made half-jokingly by Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest to manager Fredi Gonzalez minutes after a 5-5 tie with the Cardinals on Wednesday. In the 10-inning game, Florida had four errors.

“More runs than errors,” Beinfest said to Gonzalez, while he was about to address the media. “Take it as a positive.”

Improving defensively is a major objective for the Marlins this season. A year ago, the team finished third in the Major Leagues in errors committed. The goal is to improve, but right from the first batter, an error was made when first baseman Gaby Sanchez dropped Anibal Sanchez’s throw, allowing Skip Schumaker to reach safely. The error led to an unearned run.

Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, second baseman Dan Uggla and catcher Brett Hayes each committed errors.

“It’s unacceptable,” Beinfest said. “I don’t care if it’s the first day or the last day. It’s unacceptable. We need to play better defense, right from the start. Set the tone.

“We’ve talked about it a lot. This team is going to take pride in its defense. Yes, it is the first day, but we’re capable of playing better defense. It’s not the way you want to start. We want to set the tone right away.”

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Friday

What went on Friday in camp:

* Reliever Jose Ceda did some light throwing — or played catch — for the first time since last Saturday. Ceda has experienced some right shoulder discomfort. He will play catch a few days and be re-evaluated.

* Cody Ross was away for the second straight day because his wife gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday. Ross could be back on Saturday. The baby was born in Broward County.

* Backup catcher is wide open. Mike Rabelo has an edge based on MLB experience, but Brett Hayes is worth keeping an eye on.

* Jorge Cantu homered off Aaron Thompson in live batting practice. Cantu has been swinging the bat well, and he should be an impact player for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

* A bigger crowd of fans showed up on Friday. Workouts on Saturday begin at 10 a.m. ET.

— Joe Frisaro


Still pondering Pudge

Don’t discount the Marlins as being in the hunt for catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

The club continues to weigh whether to seriously pursue the 37-year-old who was a big part of their 2003 World Series championship team. The Marlns, Mets and Astros have been the clubs linked to Pudge.

Florida is prepared to go with John Baker as the starter. While Rodriguez is wearing down, the assessment of those around the league is he can handle playing two to four times a week. The question is whether the Marlins will stay firm on only signing him for the minimum or if they can settle on an agreeable offer.

Right now behind Baker, the competition is open for the backup spot. Mike Rabelo, Brad Davis and Brett Hayes are all in the mix.

— Joe Frisaro