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JUPITER, Fla. — The Marlins third base job is wide open.
On Thursday morning, the team announced that prospect Matt Dominguez has been reassigned to Minor League camp.
Dominguez, the 21-year-old prospect, has struggled at the plate, hitting .190 (8-for-42) with a .292 on base percentage.
The Marlins made five other moves on Thursday, reassigning to Minor League camp — Josh Kroeger, Frank Mata, Joe Thurston and Ruben Gotay. After the game, they sent lefty reliever Victor Garate down.
Manager Edwin Rodriguez said he will give Donnie Murphy and Emilio Bonifacio most of the work at third base, and there could be a bit of a platoon situation.
Bonifacio also may be in center field because Chris Coghlan’s right shoulder is a concern.
Rodriguez repeated that he is not going to move second baseman Omar Infante to third base.
The roster is down to 31.
The team also may be trying to explore trade options, but the asking price is higher than they may be willing to part with.
In another move, outfielder John Raynor, who was sent down a few days ago, asked for and received his release from the organization.
— Joe Frisaro
In the past the Marlins have had success with non-roster invitees emerging as key contributors. The list includes Jorge Cantu, Clay Hensley and Kiko Calero.
Perhaps they will strike big with some players in 2011.
On Tuesday, the Marlins annouced the signings of seven six-year free agents, who will be at Spring Training as non-roster invitees.
Signed are left-handers Darin Downs and Victor Garate. Right-hander Frank Mata also will be in camp.
Ruben Gotay, a switch-hitting infielder, is among the group who has big league experience. Tim Torres (infielder), outfielder-first baseman Josh Kroeger and outfielder Chris Lubanski also have signed.
Lubanski will be a candidate for a left-handed bat off the bench.
— Joe Frisaro
For weeks, the Marlins have been making headlines with either high-profile trades or significant free agent signings.
As they’ve been among the busiest teams in the league on the transaction front, they’ve also been doing some under the radar work to fill out their Spring Training roster.
Over the past few weeks, several players have signed Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training, which gets underway on Feb. 17 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.
Some of the recent signings will compete for bullpen jobs as well as the left-handed bat off the bench position.
Victor Garate is a 26-year-old lefty reliever who made four appearances for the Nationals in 2009. Frank Mata, 26, is a right-handed reliever who appeared in 15 games for the Orioles in ’10.
A lefty reliever to keep an eye on is Darin Downs, a 26-year-old who was the Cubs’ fifth-round pick in 2003. At Triple-A Durham in the Rays’ system last year, Downs was 6-2 with 45 strikeouts and 17 walks in 40 1/3 innings.
A left-handed hitter to watch for is Chris Lubanski, a 25-year-old outfielder who batted .293 with 17 homers and 57 RBIs at Triple-A Las Vegas in Toronto’s system last season.
Lubanski was the fifth overall pick of the Royals in 2003.
— Joe Frisaro