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Castillo not likely an option for Marlins

JUPITER, Fla. — Chances of Luis Castillo returning to the Marlins are remote.

The club hasn’t completely closed the door on the idea. But the Marlins are not in hot pursuit of the former All-Star second baseman.

The Marlins have had internal discussions regarding the 35-year-old, who was recently released by the Mets.

With his career in decline, the Marlins aren’t sure Castillo would be an upgrade.

Still, Castillo promises to attract interest on the open market, which should begin on Sunday after he clears waivers. The Phillies could be among the teams making a push.

Castillo is one of the most popular and productive Marlins in history. During Florida’s 2003 World Series championship season, the switch-hitting second baseman was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner.

Over the past few days, Marlins officials have been discussing if Castillo made sense to play second base should third base prospect Matt Dominguez not make the Opening Day roster.

Omar Infante is slated to play second base for Florida, and he could switch to third if Dominguez is sent to Triple-A.

Emilio Bonifacio is a candidate to play second base if Infante does go to third.

If Dominguez doesn’t make the club out of Spring Training, the Marlins have some internal candidates — Infante, Wes Helms, Bonifacio and Greg Dobbs.

The season opens on April 1, and at this point, the Marlins are not actively searching for a third baseman on the trade market.

The Marlins have their scouts visiting camps in Florida and Arizona, but they aren’t necessarily looking to make a move for a third baseman.

Joe Frisaro

Marlins may have interest in Castillo

JUPITER, Fla. — Luis Castillo is now on the market, and the Marlins may have interest.

A source said the organization is having some internal discussions about whether to bring the 35-year-old back to Florida.

On Friday the Mets released Castillo. a switch-hitting second baseman. New York is on the hook to pay the $6 million on his 2011 contract.

Castillo could make sense for Florida if the team isn’t sure prospect Matt Dominguez is ready to win the third base job. The 21-year-old Dominguez, currently the frontrunner to be the Opening Day starter, is batting .219 in 32 Grapefruit League at-bats.

If the Marlins do look to sign Castillo, he could play second and Omar Infante could switch to third base.

Castillo was with the Marlins from 1996-2005. He was a three-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner in Florida.

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Marlins payroll projects at $58 million

The Marlins aren’t waiting until moving into their new ballpark to bump up payroll.

After taking care of all their arbitration business on Tuesday, the Marlins’ have already allocated more than $52 million on 13 players. By the time their 25-man roster is completed, their Opening Day number projects to be about $58 million.

It’s the franchise’s highest payroll since it opened 2005 with a $60.4 million figure. That squad featured Carlos Delgado, Mike Lowell, Luis Castillo, Josh Beckett, Dontrelle Willis, Paul Lo Duca and Juan Pierre.

In 2010, the Marlins’ payroll to start the season was $47.4 million, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Hanley Ramirez will be the highest paid player on the team with a base salary of $11 million. Josh Johnson will be making $7.75 million, while Javier Vazquez is signed for $7 million, and Ricky Nolasco is set to earn $6 million.

Payroll increases are expected over the next few seasons, after the team moves into their new retractable-roof ballpark, which is set to open in 2012.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Mets lineups for Thursday

The Marlins rebounding from a loss on Tuesday to hold on for a win on Wednesday. Now they are in position to claim their series with the Mets at Citi Field on Thursday.

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 Anibal Sanchez draws the pitching assignment against New York lefty Jonathon Niese.

The Marlins hold the season series edge, 9-6. The NL East rivals will meet again at Sun Life Stadium for two games on Sept. 21-22.

Hanley Ramirez, sporting his dyed red hair, will be batting third.

Here are the lineups:

MARLINS

1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Logan Morrison, LF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Mike Stanton, RF

7) Wes Helms, 3B

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Anibal Sanchez, P

METS

1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Angel Pagan, LF

3) Carlos Beltran, CF

4) David Wright, 3B

5) Ike Davis, 1B

6) Jeff Francoeur, RF

7) Josh Thole, C

8) Luis Castillo, 2B

9) Jonathan Niese, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Mets Sunday lineups

For the first time all season the Marlins have won three straight. They go for four in a row against the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.

Ricky Nolasco makes the start for Florida, with Jon Niese going for New York.

 

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1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Alex Cora, 2B

3) Jason Bay, LF

4) Chris Carter, RF

5) David Wright, 3B

6) Ike Davis, 1B

7) Angel Pagan, CF

8) Henry Blanco, C

9) Jon Niese, P

 

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1) Cameron Maybin, CF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Cody Ross, LF

8) Brett Carroll, RF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Mets Saturday lineups

The Marlins go for their first three-game winning streak of the season on Saturday night at Sun Life Stadium. Nate Robertson goes for his fourth win, while the Mets counter with John Maine.

 

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1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) Angel Pagan, CF

4) Jason Bay, LF

5) David Wright, 3B

6) Ike Davis, 1B

7) Jeff Francoeur, RF

8) Rod Barajas, C

9) John Maine, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Cameron Maybin, CF

8) Brett Hayes, C

9) Nate Robertson, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Opening Day lineups set

It’s down to a matter of hours before the Marlins and Mets meet on Opening Day at Citi Field on Monday.

The game, which starts at 1:10 p.m. ET, will feature Josh Johnson starting for Florida against Johan Santana of the Mets.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

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3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Ronny Paulino, C

7) Cody Ross, RF

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Josh Johnson, P

 

 

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1) Alex Cora, SS

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3) David Wright, 3B

4) Mike Jacobs, 1B

5) Jason Bay, LF

6) Gary Matthews Jr., CF

7) Jeff Francoeur, RF

8) Rod Barajas, C

9) Johan Santana, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Mets lineups

The Marlins and Mets are squaring off in Port St. Lucie on Wednesday.

Josh Johnson, Florida’s Opening Day starter, will be making his final Grapefruit League appearance. Johnson will be on about an 80-pitch limit. The right-hander was scratched from his last start with a stomach virus, and he is still in the process of regaining all his strength.

Johnson will face New York on Monday at Citi Field.

MARLINS

1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Mike Lamb, 3B

5) John Baker, C

6) Donnie Murphy, 2B

7) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

8) Bryan Petersen, RF

9) Josh Johnson, P

METS

1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Mike Jacobs, 1B

5) Jason Bay, LF

6) Jeff Francoeur, RF

7) Russ Adams, SS

8) Omir Santoss, C

9) Nelson Figueroa, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Mets-Marlins lineups

Josh Johnson was scheduled to start against the Mets on Friday, but he was scratched due to a stomach virus. Hayden Penn will make the start for Florida at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Marlins and Mets meet at 1:05 p.m. ET.

 

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1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Jason Bay, LF

5) Daniel Murphy, 1B

6) Jeff Francoeur, RF

7) Alex Cora, SS

8) Rod Barajas, C

9) Nelson Figueroa, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Ronny Paulino, C

5) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

6) Donnie Murphy, 3B

7) Hector Luna, 2B

8) Bryan Petersen, RF

9) Hayden Penn, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Mets lineup for Thursday

The Marlins and Mets are playing a 7:05 p.m. ET Grapefruit League gam on Thursday night at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

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1) Angel Pagan, CF

2) Luis Castillo, 2B

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Mike Jacobs, 1B

5) Jason Bay, LF

6) Jeff Francoeur, RF

7) Alex Cora, SS

8) Henry Blanco, C

9) Oliver Perez, P

 

 

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1) Jai Miller, LF

2) Cameron Maybin, CF

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

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