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Marlins lineup vs. Mets

On a record-setting cold morning, the Marlins and Mets prepared Friday for a Grapefruit League contest at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie.

Not all the Marlins made the trip. Staying back in Jupiter were Hanley Ramirez and Dan Uggla.

Here’s a look at the Marlins lineup against New York.


Florida_Marlins_logo.gif1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Mike Stanton, RF

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Brett Hayes, C

7) Danny Richar, 2B

8) Emilio Bonifacio, SS

9) Chris Volstad, P


MrMetlogo.jpg1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Jason Bay, LF

5) Daniel Murphy, 1B

6) Rod Barajas, C

7) Jesus Feliciano, RF

8) Luis Hernandez, SS

9) Kai Gronauer, DH

pitching: Jonathon Niese

— Joe Frisaro



Marlins line up their pitching

Grapefruit League play will get going on Thursday when the Marlins face the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium.

Start time is 1:05 p.m. ET, with the gates opening around 11:30 a.m.

Anibal Sanchez will make the start for Florida, and throw about 35 pitches (or two innings). Also slated to pitch on Thursday are Rick VandenHurk, Taylor Tankersley, Seth McClung, Scott Strickland and Dan Meyer.

On Friday, the Marlins will visit the Mets at Port St. Lucie. Chris Volstad is scheduled to start, followed by Hayden Penn, Chris Leroux, Cristhian Martinez, Brian Sanches and Derrick Turnbow.

On Saturday, the Marlins are back in Jupiter, taking on the Cardinals in the first of two meetings over the weekend.


Josh Johnson will make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, with the start time set at 1:05 p.m. ET. Clay Hensley, Brett Sinkbeil, Chris Schroder, Renyel Pinto and Leo Nunez also are lined up to pitch.

Tickets for all Marlins home games at Roger Dean Stadium are available on Gates open 90 minutes before the scheduled first pitch.


— Joe Frisaro

All Marlins now under contract

All contractual matters for the Marlins have been resolved.

On Tuesday, the team announced four players have agreed to 2010 contracts — John Baker, Chris Leroux, Chris Coghlan and Cameron Maybin. Also, the contracts for Andrew Miller and Brett Carroll were renewed, meaning they accepted the terms the club presented.

Players who are under club control can either negotiate a deal, or renew at the price the team offers. For the most part, these recent signings are a formality. Many of these players signed either at the league minimum of $400,000, or close to it.

The latest wave means the club can go about the business of baseball, rather than deal with player contract issues. All players in camp now have deals for 2010. has gathered a list of what many of the players in camp will earn, if they make the team. The list does not include everyone, and it will be updated as more information filters in. But these figures were gathered by, or they were published by other media — like, the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.

Here’s a look at some of the 2010 Marlins salaries, plus bonuses:

* Dan Uggla: $7.8 million
* Hanley Ramirez: $7 million. Bonuses: $50,000 (All-Star), $500,000 (MVP), $1 million (WS MVP), $250,000 (LCS MVP)
* Ricky Nolasco: $3.8 million
* Josh Johnson: $3.75 million. Bonuses: $50,000 (All-Star), $500,000 (Cy Young), $1 million (WS MVP), $250,000 (LCS MVP)
* Jorge Cantu: $6 million. Bonuses: $50,000 (650 plate appearances)
* Cody Ross: $4.45 million
* Leo Nunez: $2 million
* Anibal Sanchez: $1.25 million. Bonuses: Up to $100,000
* Ronny Paulino: $1.1 million
* Renyel Pinto: $1.075 million
* Wes Helms: $950,000 
* Seth McClung: (Minor League deal) $600,000 if he makes team. Bonuses: Up to $50,000
* Mike MacDougal: (Minor League deal) $700,000 if he makes team. Bonuses: Up to $75,000
* Derrick Turnbow: (Minor League deal) $600,000 if he makes team. Bonuses: Up to $50,000
* Chris Coghlan: $450,000
* Taylor Tankersley: $425,000. Bonuses: Up to $75,000
* Clay Hensley: (Minor League deal) $425,000 if he makes club
* Chris Volstad: $420,000
* John Baker: $415,000
* Brian Barden: (Minor League deal) $415,000 if he makes club
* Danny Richar: (Minor League deal) $410,000 if he makes club
* Cameron Maybin: $405,000
* Brett Carroll: $403,000
* Tim Wood: $402,000
* Chris Leroux: $401,000
* Ryan Tucker: $400,000
* Jai Miller: $400,000

— Joe Frisaro






Marlins announce signings

The number of Marlins not under contract keeps dwindling.

On Saturday, the team announced they’ve signed 12 players to deals for 2010. All are under club control, and their deals are a formality.

Signing were OF Scott Cousins, RHP Kris Harvey, LHP Hunter Jones, RHP Cristhian Martinez, RHP Hayden Penn, RHP Rick VandenHurk, RHP Brian Sanches, RHP Chris Volstad, LHP Sean West, RHP Burke Badenhop, LHP Dan Meyer and INF Emilio Bonifacio.

— Joe Frisaro



Early Spring rotation set

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez on Saturday set his early Grapefruit League rotation.

The team opens its exhibition season on Wednesday against the University of Miami. Ricky Nolasco will start that game, and Ryan Tucker will enter in relief. John Baker will catch.

Florida’s Grapefruit League season begins on Thursday against the Nationals at Roger Dean Stadium. Anibal Sanchez will take the mound that game, and he will be backed by Rick VandenHurk.

On Friday, against the Mets at Port St. Lucie, Chris Volstad will get the nod, followed by Hayden Penn.

Josh Johnson, who will be the Opening Day starter, will make his Grapefruit League debut on March 6 against the Cardinals. Clay Hensley will follow.

On March 7 against the Cardinals, Sean West will get the start. Andrew Miller also will pitch in that game.

The first time around, the starters will pitch about two innings, or 35 total pitches.

Nolasco will make his first Grapefruit League start on March 8 in a split squad game against the Nationals in Viera. Tucker will face the Mets that day in Jupiter.

Early on, Baker and Ronny Paulino will alternate at catcher.

The Marlins have yet to solidify their rotation for the regular season. There is open competition for three spots. Only Johnson and Nolasco are locked into the rotation.

The candidates who are starting off first will flip-flop in their next scheduled appearances. For instance, while, Sanchez is starting on Thursday, and VandenHurk will enter in relief, the next time around, VandenHurk will start the following week, with Sanchez coming in relief. The same holds true for the games that Volstad and West will start.

— Joe Frisaro


Meet Ryan Tucker

Talent evaluators say Ryan Tucker has a power arm and tremendous potential.

One of five former first-round picks the Marlins had in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Tucker is now a 23-year-old looking to reach the next level. He’s had a taste of the big leagues, making 13 appearances (with six starts) in 2008.

Last year, the California native was held back because of injuries. He underwent quad surgery on his left leg early in the season, and later on dealt with an oblique problem.

“I tore apart my quad where it attached to my kneecap,” said Tucker, who was in the same Draft class as Chris Volstad and Sean West. “It was a thing that happened over time. Then I had an oblique injury at the end of the season. It was just a real long year last year. I’d never missed a game [due to injury] throughout the Minor Leagues until last year.”

The year, however, wasn’t totally lost, because in late September, he became the father of twin girls.

“It’s been a busy off season. I’ve been ready to get here, and get some sleep,” said Tucker, who makes Pasadena home.

“I’ve been throwing the whole winter,” he said. “It was a pretty short year for me last year. I was wanting to get going. I feel I’m right on pace. I don’t know what’s going to happen, or where I’m going to go [when the season starts].”

Because he missed so much time last year, Tucker is a long shot to make the Opening Day roster. Still, he is a hard-thrower who the club feels will eventually be a factor on the big league roster.

Tucker can either start or relieve. Because of his upper-90s fastball, some feel he could eventually close in his career.

Asked about if the is a starter or reliever candidate a few days ago, Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said he just wants the right-hander to be healthy. From there, the organization will figure out how to use him.

“I’m sure they would like to make sure I’m healthy first,” Tucker said. “Even in Spring Training last year, I was dealing with a knee issue. When we broke camp, they told me I was the [Triple-A] Opening Day starter, and I was really excited about that.

“I just want to come in here now ready. I want to show them that I took it seriously in the offseason. I’m coming in giving it my best chance to make it. If I don’t make it, I don’t make it. That’s kind of how it goes.”

— Joe Frisaro



Caravan togetherness

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Caravan for Earth continues

The Marlins “Caravan for Earth” continues through Friday. On Wednesday, players like Cody Ross and Chris Volstd took part in making a Little Havana home more energy efficient.

“Green” is the theme of the caravan, as the organization is taking on initiatives to educate people on being more environmentally friendly. Thanks to Marlins photographer Robert Vigon for the photo.


Marlins scratch Josh Johnson

The Marlins have scratched Josh Johnson from his Sunday start, and they will start Chris Volstad in the series finale with the Mets at Land Shark Stadium.

Johnson is dealing with flu-like symptoms, and he was sent home before the game with the Mets.

Johnson will not traveling with the team to Atlanta on Sunday night, and he will be examined by the doctor in South Florida on Monday.

Johnson said he felt the flu coming on Saturday. Several players are stricken by the flu, including first baseman Nick Johnson.

The Marlins are hopeful to start Johnson on Tuesday in Atlanta, and then again next Sunday in the season finale at Philadelphia.

— Joe Frisaro



VandenHurk for Friday

With Chris Volstad struggling, the Marlins have decided to start right-hander Rick VandenHurk on Friday at Cincinnati.

Volstad would have been in line for that game, but the 22-year-old has been laboring of late. In Sunday’s loss to the Nationals, the right-handergave up five runs (four earned) in three innings. He walked five and gave up his 28th home run in 28 starts.

VandenHurk, meanwhile, last started on Sept. 8 at the Mets. His game was cut short due to tightness in his back, but he’s been throwing regularly and has felt fine.

VandenHurk is 2-2 with a 4.65 ERA in eight starts. In 40 2/3 innings, he’s struck out 39.

The plan for Volstad, and it could change depending on how the week goes, is to let him face batters in live batting practice on Saturday.

Volstad is striving to regain command of his sinker. The organization wants him to do so against hitters in a non-game situation.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez noted that could change based on availability of the pitching staff during the road trip, which began on Monday at St. Louis.

The Marlins will face the Reds in a four-game set beginning on Thursday.

— Joe Frisaro