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Barring anything unforeseen, the Marlins’ every day lineup is set. At least, the lineup the team envisions when Spring Training opens.
Around the horn, the team plans on going with John Buck (catcher), Gaby Sanchez (first base), Omar Infante (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop), Matt Dominguez (third base), Logan Morrison (left field), Chris Coghlan (center field) and Mike Stanton (right field).
A few weeks ago, Florida explored some possible center field options. They were linked to having interest in Arizona’s Justin Upton.
MLB.com has learned the Marlins also inquired about Tampa Bay’s B.J. Upton. But the asking price didn’t match.
The Marlins have no intention of trading their young core of players — Coghlan, Morrison, Sanchez and Stanton. If Dominguez isn’t ready, there is a chance the team could move some pieces around. Wes Helms could play third. Another scenario would be Emilio Bonifacio playing second and Infante sliding over to third.
— Joe Frisaro
With the World Series completed, the Marlins now are about to conclude their manager search.
Their search has led the team back to where the season ended.
In recent days, speculation had been growing that there were two finalists — Edwin Rodriguez and Bo Porter.
But on Tuesday, the Nationals announced their staff, and Porter was named their third base coach.
With Porter out of the mix, the Marlins now are set to announce they will retain Rodriguez. An official announcement is expected on Wednesday, according to sources.
Along with naming Rodriguez, who met on Tuesday with team owner Jeffrey Loria in New York, the Marlins are set to finalize their staff. Perry Hill will return to the ballclub and be the infield and first base coach. John Mallee will be back as hitting coach. Brandon Hyde returns as bench coach, and pitching coach Randy St. Claire will return. Joe Espada is lined up to be the third base coach.
Rodriguez posted a 46-46 record with the Marlins after taking over for Fredi Gonzalez in late June. For the season, Florida was 80-82 — third place in the NL East.
Rodriguez is the first Puerto Rican-born manager in MLB history. The 50-year-old was promoted from being the Triple-A New Orleans manager on June 23.
A week ago, Marlins president David Samson said the team expected to make a managerial announcement after the World Series.
Shortly after the season ended, the Marlins pursued Bobby Valentine, who withdrew from consideration a couple of weeks ago. The team also inquired about the availability of Ozzie Guillen, who is returning to the White Sox.
— Joe Frisaro
Dan Uggla is a two-time All-Star second baseman who has already placed his name in the record books.
By belting 31 homers in 2009, Uggla is the first player in MLB history to reach 30 homers in three straight years in which he played at least 100 games at second base.
With that kind of track record, Uggla sees himself as a second baseman. And he has little desire to switch positions, according to his agent, Jeff Borris.
Borris on Friday told Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that his client wants to stay at second base.
“Danny Uggla’s been a full-time second baseman for the last four years,” Borris told Yahoo! Sports columnist. “He’s performed exceptionally well at that position. Although he has the athleticism to play other positions, he’s performed remarkably over these four years at second base and there should be no reason to consider a position change at this time.”
In his second season of arbitration, Uggla’s salary is slated to rise for the $5.35 million he made this year.
At this week’s General Managers Meetings, the Marlins had conversations with several clubs about Uggla. The Giants reportedly would like to add Uggla and switch him to third base. The Red Sox would consider Uggla in left field. The Orioles also reportedly have interest.
The Nationals, too, are a team that could enter into the mix. So may the Diamondbacks, the team that drafted Uggla in 2001. Former Marlins third base coach, Bo Porter, has now joined the Arizona staff.
Uggla has 121 career home runs, and he is building his legacy at second base. He has not played any other position in the big leagues besides second.
— Joe Frisaro
The tank is empty.
Those are the words of Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez as he discussed the state of his bullpen after 2 a.m. ET on Thursday.
The Marlins and Diamondbacks completed their Wednesday doubleheader at 1:48 a.m. ET after a 13-inning affair.
The combined actual playing time for both games was 8 hours, 7 minutes. The Marlins bullpen covered 13 1/3 of the 22 innings played. Dan Meyer, Matt Lindstrom, Kiko Calero and Leo Nunez each pitched in both games.
“They’re running on fumes,” Gonzalez said. “They’ve got nothing in the tank.”
Without getting into specifics, Gonzalez said roster moves will be made on Thursday to bring in relief help.
If the team is looking for left-handed relief help, Willie Collazo is a choice. The lefty last pitched on May 16, and he’s 2-2 with a 5.61 ERA in 16 games for Triple-A New Orleans.
Collazo was in Spring Training for the Marlins.
Collazo has made two straight starts for New Orleans, and he’s in line to start on Thursday. However, the Zephyrs are listing their Thursday game’s starter as TBA.
Another lefty possibility is David Davidson, who was claimed recently after opening the year with the Pirates’ Indianapolis affiliate.
Davidson has made 10 relief appearances.
The Marlins may be thinking of placing Alfredo Amezaga on the disabled list, retroactive to May 17, to make room for a pitcher. Amezaga suffered a bone bruise to his left knee on Saturday night, and he will be examined again by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan, on Friday.
— Joe Frisaro
Some more details are now known about Wednesday’s doubleheader.
The first game between the Marlins and Diamondbacks is slated for 5:10 p.m. ET, and there will be a 30-minute window between games.
Fox Sports Florida will televise both games.
— Joe Frisaro