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Rabelo, Hayes optioned

The Marlins worked into the early morning hours to solidify their catching situation.

Early Saturday morning, they obtained Ronny Paulino from the Giants for pitching prospect Hector Correra. Late Friday, Paulino was dealt from the Phillies to San Francisco.

About seven hours later, the Marlins announced that catchers Mike Rabelo and Brett Hayes have been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Paulino will serve as John Baker’s backup.

– Joe Frisaro

Moves on the horizon?

It didn’t take long for the Ronny Paulino situation to resolve itself. Indeed, Paulino was the odd catcher out in Philadelphia. While the Marlins didn’t dismiss the prospect of bringing him in, they didn’t pursue him that hard either.

On Friday night it was announced that Paulino was dealt to the Giants for lefty reliever Jack Taschner.

Taschner, meanwhile, fit the bill for what the Marlins were looking for, a lefty with big league service time.

With so few catching options out there, expect the Marlins to go with Mike Rabelo or Brett Hayes as John Baker’s backup.

Other catching candidates who project to be available include Adam Melhuse, who isn’t part of the Rangers plans.

There isn’t much out there, barring trying to make a significant trade.

The Marlins appear to be in the market for a veteran left-handed bat off the bench to serve as a pinch-hit, spot starter option. And lefty relief help is high on the list.

– Joe Frisaro

Roster moves

Three more players were sent down on Friday.

Reassigned to Minor League camp were reliever Henry Owens, outfielder John Raynor and catcher Brad Davis.

With Davis being sent down, that leaves three catchers in camp.

John Baker will handle the starting role. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says the backup position remains wide open. Mike Rabelo and Brett Hayes are in contention.

– Joe Frisaro

Lineup familiarity

We’re seeing some more similarities in the lineup.

Once again, Emilio Bonifacio was leading off and starting at third base on Friday against the Orioles. With John Baker getting the day off, Cameron Maybin was hitting second. Baker projects to bat second otherwise, and Maybin or Bonifacio are expected to lead off this season.

The rest of the lineup had Hanley Ramirez hitting third, Jorge Cantu (DH) at cleanup, followed by Dan Uggla, Jeremy Hermida, Cody Ross, Wes Helms (1B) and Mike Rabelo (C).

– Joe Frisaro

Catching options

The Marlins may be in the market for a catcher, but it doesn’t look like veteran Josh Bard fits the mold.

The Red Sox placed Bard on waivers on Wednesday, which was the last day for a ballclub to place player on unconditional waivers and pay 30 days termination pay instead of 45 days. In January, Bard signed a one-year, $1.7 million non-guaranteed contract.

Indications are the Marlins have no interest in Bard as a backup to John Baker.

Florida has pursued Ivan Rodriguez, but the veteran opted to go to the Astros.

Mike Rabelo is a frontrunner to be the No. 2 catcher.

– Joe Frisaro

Coming to terms

In all on Friday, 20 players reached agreement on contracts for the 2009 season.

It’s pretty much a formality, since all of the are under club control. The league minimum salary is $400,000 for those who make the team.

Those coming to terms are: RHP Rick VandenHurk, OF Jai Miller, RHP Leo Nunez, OF Brett Carroll, INF Emilio Bonifacio, INF Gaby Sanchez, C Brett Hayes, C Mike Rabelo, C John Baker, RHP Jesus Delgado, RHP Harvey Garcia, LHP Zach Kroenke, RHP Chris Leroux, RHP Dallas Trahern, RHP Tim Wood, RHP Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP Chris Volstad, RHP Burke Badenhop, RHP Carlos Martinez and LHP Dan Meyer.

– Joe Frisaro

Camping out Friday

What went on Friday in camp:

* Reliever Jose Ceda did some light throwing — or played catch — for the first time since last Saturday. Ceda has experienced some right shoulder discomfort. He will play catch a few days and be re-evaluated.

* Cody Ross was away for the second straight day because his wife gave birth to a baby girl on Thursday. Ross could be back on Saturday. The baby was born in Broward County.

* Backup catcher is wide open. Mike Rabelo has an edge based on MLB experience, but Brett Hayes is worth keeping an eye on.

* Jorge Cantu homered off Aaron Thompson in live batting practice. Cantu has been swinging the bat well, and he should be an impact player for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.

* A bigger crowd of fans showed up on Friday. Workouts on Saturday begin at 10 a.m. ET.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Johnson befuddles hitters

Josh Johnson wasted little time bringing the heat.

Pitching live batting practices to hitters on Wednesday, the 6-foot-7 right-hander basically dominated.

“Nasty,” said Cody Ross, who had the unenviable task of facing Johnson. “The ball was cutting four or five inches at 95 mph.”

Marlins special assistant Jeff Conine joked with Johnson: “Way to help the [hitters] get dialed-in.”

The group that faced Johnson had Ross, John Baker, Dallas McPherson and Jay Gibbons. The first foul ball was greeted with a, “Take that, Johnson!” from hitting coach Jim Presley.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Still pondering Pudge

Don’t discount the Marlins as being in the hunt for catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

The club continues to weigh whether to seriously pursue the 37-year-old who was a big part of their 2003 World Series championship team. The Marlns, Mets and Astros have been the clubs linked to Pudge.

Florida is prepared to go with John Baker as the starter. While Rodriguez is wearing down, the assessment of those around the league is he can handle playing two to four times a week. The question is whether the Marlins will stay firm on only signing him for the minimum or if they can settle on an agreeable offer.

Right now behind Baker, the competition is open for the backup spot. Mike Rabelo, Brad Davis and Brett Hayes are all in the mix.

– Joe Frisaro

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