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Leaning against salary arbitration

If Nick Johnson and Kiko Calero sign elsewhere in free agency, it doesn’t look like the Marlins will receive draft pick compensation in return.

The Marlins are leaning against offering arbitration to both Type B free agents. Tuesday is the deadline to extend arbitration to qualifying free agents. 

What offering arbitration would mean is if either of these players opt to sign with another club, the Marlins would receive a compensatory pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. The choice would be a compensatory one, between the first and second rounds.

Johnson, the 31-year-old first baseman, made $5.5 million in 2009. If arbitration is to be extended to him, the figure would be higher, and the Marlins won’t take the risk that the veteran would accept it.

Free agents have until Dec. 7 to decide if they will accept arbitration.

Calero was a bargain at $500,000 in 2009, but the right-handed reliever is looking at a raise to perhaps more than $2 million on the open market.

The Marlins project to have a modest payroll in 2010, remaining close to the $36 million it worked with this year.

The South Florida SunSentinel reported the payroll will rise to close to $40 million. MLB.com has heard it will be about the same as in 2009, give or take a couple of million.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Sunday lineup

The Marlins wrap up their season on Sunday at Philadelphia, and out of the lineup for the last day are Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu.

Ramirez bruised his right knee in Saturday’s 4-3 win, while Cantu’s right foot is in a walking boot after he sprained his right ankle while stepping awkwardly on second base in the sixth inning.

Ramirez will win the National League batting title, as he carries a .342 average into the final day. Cantu on Saturday collected his 100th RBI before being injured.

Marlins lineup:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) N. Johnson, 1B

4) Helms, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Paulino, C

7) Carroll, RF

8) Bonifacio, SS

9) J. Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley sits, Johnson back

For the first time since Sept. 25, Nick Johnson is back in the Marlins starting lineup. While Johnson, who has dealt with the flu, returned, All-Star shortstop Hanley Ramirez was given the day off.

Ramirez, who leads the National League in hitting with a .341 average, was expected to get this day off. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said on Wednesday that he would give Ramirez Friday off. The team also was off on Thursday.

The Marlins finish their season against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Johnson, 1B

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Baker, C

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Carroll, RF

8) Bonifacio, SS

9) VandenHurk, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins sticking with starters

Being officially eliminated from playoff contention doesn’t mean the Marlins won’t be running out their best available lineup.

Manager Fredi Gonzalez, realizing the Braves and Phillies this weekend, will be playing meaningful games. So the Marlins will not rest most of their regulars in their final four games.

“We’re going to try to play it as close as we can,” Gonzalez said.

Now, the Marlins will likely give a player or so a day of rest.

Hanley Ramirez, for instance, likely will be out of the lineup on Friday at Philadelphia. The Marlins are off on Thursday, so that would give the All-Star, who is leading the N.L. in hitting, a two-day breather.

Nick Johnson, who has been nursing the flu since last Friday, took batting practice on Wednesday in Atlanta. The team is hoping Johnson will be  able to start on Friday at Philadelphia.

The rotation against the Phillies will be Rick VandenHurk on Friday, Anibal Sanchez on Saturday and Josh Johnson on Sunday.

Cody Ross’ bruised left wrist is still bothering him. If he can play at Philadelphia, he will, but chances of that happening seem remote.

Gaby Sanchez could get a start at first base in one of the games at Philadelphia.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Braves Monday lineup

The Marlins open their three-game set with the Braves on Monday at Turner Field, and Nick Johnson and Cody Ross remain out of the starting lineup.

Johnson is recovering from flu-like symptoms, while Ross is resting a bruised left wrist.

Ross was hit by a John Maine fastball on Saturday night against the Mets, and he is day to day, although it is very possible that he won’t play again this season.

Here’s the lineup for Monday:

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Maybin, CF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Gload, 1B

6) Uggla, 2B

7) Baker, C

8) Carroll, RF

9) Sanchez, P

– Joe Frisaro

  

Marlins Friday lineup

On Friday night, the Marlins open their final home series of the season. Florida sends Ricky Nolasco to the mound, while the Mets counter with Tim Redding.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Sunday lineup

The Marlins take the field on Sunday looking to claim the four-game series at Cincinnati.

Hot-hitting Chris Coghlan, despite being banged up with some bumps and bruises, will lead off.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, CF

8) Carroll, RF

9) West, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins lineup Friday

The Marlins look to even their best-of-four series with the Reds on Friday in Cincinnati. Florida has lost nine straight at Great American Ball Park.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) VandenHurk, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins lineup for Wednesday

In the series finale with the Cardinals on Wednesday, the Marlins returned catcher John Baker to the starting lineup. Ronny Paulino caught on Tuesday night.

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Baker, C

7) Ross, RF

8) Maybin, CF

9) Johnson, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins Tuesday lineup

The Marlins will look to rebound in the second of three games at St. Louis on Tuesday night. Ronny Paulino is in the lineup against Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright. Paulino is 4-for-13 (.308) in his career.

Marlins

1) Coghlan, LF

2) Johnson, 1B

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 3B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, RF

7) Paulino, C

8) Maybin, CF

9) West, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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