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Marlins 'want to add'

Phone calls are being made, and the Marlins certainly are looking to improve themselves before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For now, whether anything gets done is a wait-and-see proposal.

“We don’t want to take away, we’d like to add,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.

The Marlins feel they are very much in the National League East race, and specifically, they’d like to add relief help. If a closer could be obtained, they’d be interested.

“We’d like to improve just like all the other teams looking to improve,” Beinfest said. “We recognize, we’re heading into the All-Star Break, and we’re in the race for the division. So you want to see what’s out there to improve yourself the best you can.

“There are so many teams in it, that it’s tough to make trades. They don’t want to take from their team. They want to add to it. In terms of your prospects, you have a threshold on what to give and not to give.”

Closer Matt Lindstrom is on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Beinfest is not optimistic that the right-hander will be back by the July 31 trade deadline.

“We’ll make due with what we have,” Beinfest said of the bullpen. “Those are good arms, and by and large, they’ve done a good job. We’d like to get Matt back. We hope he’s on the mound here in the next week or so, and start that progression.”

With Lindstrom, Beinfest added: “I don’t know. We’ll see the progression. We’ll have him on the mound, and we’ll have a better idea. You can deal with what if? But we’ll look at everything, and move on, and hope that he comes back.”

Recently, the Marlins signed veteran right-hander Luis Ayala to a Minor League contract. Ayala could help the team after the Break, after he gets some work in the Minor Leagues.

In terms of possible trades, Beinfest said the landscape changes daily.

“We’ll see what happens. It changes from day to day,” he said. “An injury today, or something happens. Or you have a bad week. You’re in. You’re out. It always gets dicey when you get to the end of the month.”

— Joe Frisaro





Showing patience with lineup

At what point can you make an reasonable assessment regarding what kind of season they will have? Is it 100 at-bats?

According to Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, it depends on the player.

The other day at Wrigley Field, Beinfest spoke about the time line on two of the Marlins young regulars — Emilio Bonifacio and Cameron Maybin.

The 23-year-old Bonifacio has 112 at-bats and his average is .268 with a .311 on-base percentage. If his on-base percentage finishes better than .320, the team will be pleased for his first full season in the big leagues. He’s also struck out 28 times.

Maybin, 22, is the lone rookie in the every day lineup. The center fielder has 77 at-bats, and hie’s hitting .208 with a .282 on-base percentage and a team leading 29 strikeouts. Maybin and Bonifacio are one-two in strikeouts on the squad.

In the eyes of the organization, both have terrific upside, and that’s why the team is patient.

“With the young guys, they all have different time tables,” Beinfest said. “It’s all about making the adjustments, learning the pitchers, those types of things. It happens differently for different guys.

“It’s hard to say this guy has this many at-bats, and we know for sure about him. It’s not just that. You have to look at the mental aspect of the player. Is he up or down? Is he handling it? Is he making the adjustments.”

Because both are handling the adversity, the team is sticking with them.

“Both of them. They’re confident in their abilities, and they’re working through,” Beinfest said.

— Joe Frisaro

No rushing Stanton

Not since Miguel Cabrera was moving rapidly through the Marlins system has the organization has a prospect who has created as much attention as outfielder Michael Stanton.

The 19-year-old from California is starting to compile impressive numbers at Class A Jupiter. Through 22 games, the 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is hitting .289 with five home runs, 15 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .518.

With his immense talent, it could be tempting to push him fast through the system. In 2003, Cabrera reached the big leagues at age 20, with less than a half season of Double-A ball under his belt.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said there is no timetable to speed Stanton through the system. Whenever Jim Fleming, the team’s vice president of player develpment and scouting, makes a recommendation, the team will then decide.

A year ago, slugger Logan Morrison spent a full season at Class A Jupiter, and now he is at Double-A Jacksonville.

“There is no magic formula,” Beinfest said. “When Jim makes a recommendation that it’s time for him to go, and he thinks [Stanton] has done everything he needs to do in A-Ball, then he will be moved.

“It’s early still. This guy has barely played a month. We’ll make sure he is comfortable, and confident, and doing the things he needs to do. You just know when it’s the right time to move somebody. Morrison last year stayed in Jupiter all year. That’s not detrimental to his progress either.”

Morrison right now is recovering from a fracture to his right thumb, and he just started resumming activities.

“They are all different. They shouldn’t be looked upon as, ‘This guy stayed in A-Ball longer or shorter amount of time.’ “

— Joe Frisaro

Marlins rotation options

What to do with the rotation spot vacated when Andrew Miller was placed on the 15-day DL remains unresolved — at least publicly.

Hayden Penn could fit the bill since he’s been a starter with the Orioles, and that may be where he is best suited. However, he hasn’t been stretched out of late because he’s been pitching long relief. Burke Badenhop, brought up to replace Miller’s roster spot, could get the nod since he’s made starts at Triple-A.

Perhaps the best option against the Phillies on Sunday, considering all the lefties on Philadelphia, is left-hander Graham Taylor, who is at Double-A Jacksonville. Taylor last pitched on Monday, so he would be well rested. Taylor wasn’t in big league camp with the Marlins, but he pitched in the final Grapefruit League game.

Another Double-A option is lefty Aaron Thompson, a first-round pick in 2005, who last threw on April 17.

If the team looks outside of the organization, a name that doesn’t appear to be an option is veteran Pedro Martinez. During Tuesday night’s game at Pittsburgh, President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest was asked about Pedro. Although the Marlins never really say never, Beinfest indicated on TV that signing Pedro wasn’t very likely.

— Joe Frisaro