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Marlins on the mend

With a modest payroll, success for the Marlins’ largely rests on the team staying healthy.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest touched on that Wednesday during the announcement that Edwin Rodriguez would return as manager.

“We need to keep our starting pitching healthy,” Beinfest said. “We need to keep JJ, Ricky, Anibal and Vollie pitching deep into September. We really can’t afford to lose our starting pitching like we did this year.”

Josh Johnson missed the final few weeks with a back and shoulder ailment. Nolasco was out down the stretch with a meniscus tear in his right knee. Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad pitched down the stretched, and both actually finished up strong.

The Marlins will be counting on Johnson, Nolasco, Sanchez and Volstad to be four workhorses in 2011.

“One of the things we’re looking for the team to do too is to just grow up a little bit,” Beinfest said. “We’ve transitioned a little bit some of the guys who had been here since ’06. … Health and the arms will be important.”

Currently, several players are on the mend this offseason. Johnson and Nolasco are recovering nicely, and neither should have any restrictions when Spring Training gets underway.

Chris Coghlan is recovering from a meniscus tear in his left knee. Coghlan recently was checked out by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan. As of now, he doesn’t have a timeline to start baseball activities.

Hanley Ramirez, who was bothered with left elbow inflammation, will soon be examined again by Kaplan to determine when he will begin baseball activities. Ramirez is spending much of the offseason in Miami working out. 

John Baker underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, and he hasn’t begun baseball activities.

Sean West, who was in the Arizona Fall League, has been sent home with a left elbow strain. The 6-foot-8 lefty is scheduled to see Kaplan. The team doesn’t think the injury is serious, but more will be known after the visit.

Alex Sanabia, who missed his final start due to a right forearm strain, is making progress. The team didn’t think the ailment was serious.

Also on Wednesday, Beinfest noted that the team has had on-going discussions with Terry Bross, Dan Uggla’s agent, regarding a long-term contract for the power-hitting second baseman. There has been little movement, however, on a multiyear deal with Nolasco, who has two more seasons left in arbitration.

Beinfest said he was given his payroll range for the ’11 season. He didn’t give any estimates, but he noted payroll will be higher than the $46 million in 2010.

Look for Florida’s payroll to be in the $50 million range.

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

Marlins set to name Rodriguez

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
 

Managerial movement picking up

Vacancies are starting to be filled, and some of the decisions may factor into who is named the Marlins next manager.

For instance, the Cubs on Tuesday announced that they have hired Mike Quade over Ryne Sandberg.

The move also means that Chicago won’t make a pitch for Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who now is all but guaranteed to remain in New York.

So what does this mean for the Marlins?

For one, it means the Marlins will likely talk internally about the merits of Sandberg, and whether it makes sense for them to seek permission to talk with the Hall of Famer.

Andre Dawson, a Marlins special assistant, is a former teammate of Sandberg. He knows him well.

So expect the Marlins to talk among themselves about Sandberg. Whether it leads to anything more remains to be seen.

The Marlins are getting close to starting their interviewing process to see who will direct the club in 2011.

Had Quade not been hired in Chicago, the Marlins likely would have considered him because he is so highly regarded.

Over the past few days we’ve seen some jobs being filled.

Seattle recently hired Eric Wedge. And any doubts about Tony La Russa leaving St. Louis were put to rest on Monday when the Cardinals announced his return.

Of course, high on Florida’s list is Bo Porter, who has past history with the organization. Sources have noted that Porter has an inside edge for the job, but that doesn’t mean the team hasn’t ruled out all its options.

Retaining Edwin Rodriguez also is under consideration.

More answers should be known in the upcoming days as the front office begins its interviewing process.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Porter emerges as frontrunner

The Marlins may be weighing all their options, but the candidate that appears to have the most momentum to manage the club in 2011 is familiar to Florida fans.

Indications are Bo Porter has emerged as the frontrunner.

Porter, a former big league outfielder, was the Marlins’ third base/outfield coach from 2007-09, before he joined the Arizona staff in 2010.

Numerous sources confirmed the Marlins have serious interest in Porter, who is regarded as a strong teacher of fundamentals. Known for being well prepared, the 38-year-old already has been making inquiries about candidates for his coaching staff.

Earlier this month, Porter interviewed for the Pirates managerial position.

The Marlins’ search is entering another week after Bobby Valentine, who was offered the job, opted to withdraw from consideration. 

Edwin Rodriguez, who went 46-46 after replacing Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, remains in the mix. But the club hasn’t spoken with Rodriguez since the season ended.

Porter previously interviewed for the Marlins job after Gonzalez was dismissed in June. Porter impressed the club then, and he remained under consideration even after the team decided to stay with Rodriguez.

Other candidates being mentioned are Tony Pena, Ted Simmons and Jim Fregosi. It remains unclear how much serious interest the team has in them.

The Marlins finished 80-82 in 2010, and the organization is placing an emphasis to improving fundamentally.

Florida has a young outfield that features rookies Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton. Cameron Maybin isn’t a rookie, but he is 23-years-old.

Porter would be looked at to help the developments of these young players.

In recent years, Porter worked with former Marlin, Cody Ross, who now has become a playoff hero for the Giants. In 2008 and 2009, Porter frequently stated that Ross was deserving of a Gold Glove.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins managerial update

The search for the Marlins new manager will take about two weeks.

Fresh off an 80-82 season, the front office is in the process of narrowing its list of candidates and setting up interviews. The process is expected to take a little while.

In contention for the job are Bobby Valentine, Jim Fregosi, Bo Porter and Tony Pena. Other names that have been reported are Ted Simmons and Tim Wallach.

Edwin Rodriguez, who replaced Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, remains a candidate. But it appears he isn’t a frontrunner. Under Rodriguez, the Marlins were 46-46.

As the Marlins are plotting how to move forward with their managerial search, the organization also are being impacted by the Mets’ general manager vacancy.

The Mets have asked for permission to talk with president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, general manager Michael Hill and vice president of player personnel Dan Jennings about their GM post.

Indications are the Marlins will deny the request. However, ESPN.com reports that Jennings has a stipulation in his contract that would allow him to talk with the Mets. So the door may not be completely closed for him to talk with New York.

– Joe Frisaro

No clear-cut manager frontrunner

A list of candidates is being compiled, and more names are starting to surface. What remains unclear in the Marlins’ managerial search is if there is a true frontrunner.

The intriguing name out there is Ozzie Guillen, whose status with the White Sox remains unsettled. However, reports are out that Guillen is seeking a long-term contract to remain in Chicago.

If he were to become available, Guillen would instantly appear to be the Marlins’ first choice. The Marlins, though, haven’t made any public comments regarding their managerial position.

The team has repeatedly said after the season they will evaluate current manager Edwin Rodriguez, who has the Marlins one game over .500 (76-75) heading into their final road trip, which begins on Thursday at Milwaukee.

Guillen has ties with the Marlins. He was the third base coach in 2002-03.

Because some of the potential candidates project to be on the staffs of playoff teams, the search could last a little while. Rays bench coach Dave Martinez and third base coach Tom Foley are a couple of names to monitor. Both are regarded as solid big league managerial candidates. Whether they are fits for Florida is unclear right now.

There are a couple of other names floating around. Bobby Valentine, who was in consideration in June after Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed, remains in the picture. How much so, though, is in question. Indications are that Valentine will not get the job.

Bo Porter, the D-backs bench coach, interviewed after Gonzalez was let go. Porter also is being discussed internally. But like Valentine, he may not be the first option.

Padres first base coach Rich Renteria and Yankees bench coach Tony Pena also are under consideration. And Ted Simmons, the Padres bench coach, has been mentioned, but he doesn’t appear to be the first choice.

Other names brought up in various media reports are Larry Bowa and Wally Backman.

For now, the Marlins are playing out the season before deciding which direction to go in 2011.

– Joe Frisaro

 
 

Renteria in managerial mix

Another potential candidate to manage the Marlins in 2011 has surfaced, and he is someone familiar with the organization.

Rich Renteria, currently the first base coach of the San Diego Padres, is on the Marlins’ radar to possibly manage the club next year.

Renteria managed four seasons in the Marlins’ Minor League system. He was at Class-A Brevard County in 1998, and Class-A Kane County in 1999. Renteria also managed Double-A Portland from 2000-01.

The 49-year-old former second baseman played with the Marlins in 1993-94.

Previous big league managing experience, however, is viewed as a plus in the managerial search.

Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who was AL Manager of the Year with the Royals in 2003, is considered a very strong candidate.

But sources say Renteria is highly respected, and considered a viable choice.

The Marlins will address their manager situation after the season. Edwin Rodriguez, who has guided the club since Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed in June, is under consideration. Bobby Valentine also is in the mix. And reports say Larry Bowa and Wally Backman are candidates, but those names have not been confirmed.

One high profile possibility, however, is not regarded as a candidate. On Friday, the Dodgers announced that Joe Torre will not return in 2011, and that Don Mattingly will take over in Los Angeles.

Don’t look for Torre, who is 70, to be in the Marlins’ mix. The Marlins are looking for a fit to develop their young talent to reach the next level. Veterans like Torre tend to enter situations where the team is on the verge of winning immediately.

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

Pena a managerial candidate

Having previous big league managing experience will be a plus for those under consideration to manage the Marlins in 2011.

Meeting the criteria is Tony Pena.

Currently the Yankees bench coach, Pena spent parts of four seasons (2002-05) managing the Royals. In 2003, he was named the American League Manager of the Year.

Internally, the Marlins see Pena as a serious candidate. 

The Marlins will address their manager situation after the season. So right now they are evaluating their options.

Edwin Rodriguez, who replaced Fredi Gonzalez in late June, also will receive consideration. But the team has made it clear that it will further evaluate Rodriguez once the season ends.

Most likely, the team will explore several possibilities, including Bobby Valentine. With Pena expected to be in the mix, the search could last throughout the playoffs.

The Yankees are primed to be in the postseason. So if the Marlins plan on interviewing Pena, they may have to wait until an opportune time arises in October or perhaps early November.

Pena, 53, was a five-time All-Star, and he won four Gold Glove awards. 

One of the primary positions the Marlins plan to address in the offseason is catcher.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Nolasco, Johnson injury updates

Ricky Nolasco underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. Expected recovery time for the Marlins right-hander is four to six weeks.

Also on Wednesday, Josh Johnson was sent back to South Florida to have his back and shoulder examined by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Johnson has some inflammation in his shoulder, but no structural damage. He has also has a mid-back strain.

The most encouraging news about JJ is his ailment is not serious at all.

The right-hander will rejoin the club on Friday in Washington. Nothing has been determined if he will be able to pitch any time soon.

Nolasco, who finished the season with a 14-9 record and 4.51 ERA, had attempted to pitch through the knee problem. He last pitched on Aug. 28 at Atlanta, logging two innings.

“We have to make sure that JJ is ok, not only for the time being, but we have to make sure that his career is not in jeopardy,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

If Johnson is cleared to pitch, the earliest he would be in the rotation is on Wednesday, Sept. 15 against the Phillies at Sun Life Stadium.

– Joe Frisaro
 

JJ to visit Dr. Kaplan

Pitching woes are piling up for the Marlins.

Now their ace is going to be out for an undetermined amount of time.

Two-time All-Star Josh Johnson is traveling to South Florida on Wednesday to have his back and shoulder examined by team physician, Dr. Lee Kaplan.

Johnson cut short a between starts bullpen session on Tuesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park.

The 26-year-old two-time All-Star was slated to pitch on Friday against Washington at Nationals Park. Alex Sanabia now will start that game.

“The priority here is to make sure JJ is fine,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.  “He’s going to see Dr. Kaplan tomorrow. We’re going to check his back and his shoulder. We want to make sure everything is alright with him.”

– Joe Frisaro

 

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