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B Game before The Game

Fans headed to Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday will get a chance to see Johan Santana take the mound against fellow Venezuelan Anibal Sanchez.

Before the Marlins and Mets play their Grapefruit League game in Jupiter, there will be some game action on Field 2 at the stadium complex.

The Marlins and Mets have scheduled a B Game scrimmage beginning at 10 a.m.

It will mark the second straight day the Marlins will play a B Game before their regularly scheduled contest, which will start at 1:05 p.m. ET.

On Saturday morning in Sarasota, the Marlins and Orioles played a B Game. The seven-inning contest was before the Marlins faced the Rays in Port Charlotte.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins-Orioles rained out

Steady rain washed out the Marlins-Orioles game in Sarasota on Friday.

While there will not be a scheduled makeup for this Grapefruit League contest, the two teams will play a seven-inning B Game on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Sarasota.

Also on Saturday, the Marlins have a scheduled 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Rays in Port Charlotte.

Due to the rainout, the Marlins have shuffled their pitching somewhat. Ricky Nolasco will make his scheduled start against the Rays. But in the B Game in Sarasota, Sean West will start. Andrew Miller was slated to start on Friday.

Miller instead will pitch in relief on Saturday, after Nolasco, against the Rays.

Cody Ross was in the lineup on Friday, set to be the designated hitter. Ross has been out with a strained left groin.

— Joe Frisaro



Baker may DH over weekend

A strained right forearm muscle has kept John Baker out of action for the entire Grapefruit League season.

In recent days, however, the left-handed hitting catcher has taken some swings. On Wednesday, manager Fredi Gonzalez said Baker could travel with the team this weekend to the west coast of Florida.

johnbaker.jpgThe Marlins are considering using Baker as the designated hitter on Friday against the Orioles at Saturday against the Rays.

Baker is easing back into a throwing routine. The only game action he’s seen thus far has been On March 3 in the exhibition with the University of Miami. He had one at-bat in that game.

Gonzalez also didn’t rule out Cody Ross (strained left groin) getting into a game this weekend. That’s what the team is targeting, but they won’t rush things.

Gonzalez added that Ross’ ailment isn’t as serious as Cameron Maybin, who also has a strained left groin.

Baker, Ross and Maybin stayed in Jupiter on Wednesday, getting treatment and doing light baseball activities.

Ross and Maybin were scheduled to do some hitting on Wednesday.

Ross did some running also, and there is a chance he could play on Friday.

— Joe Frisaro


Uggla should remain a Marlin

Even after the Marlins agreed to terms with Dan Uggla, speculation remains that the team will trade the two-time All-Star before Opening Day.

From what I’ve heard, don’t believe it.

The Marlins are planning on retaining Uggla, who will be the team’s highest paid player in 2010. Uggla’s one-year deal is worth $7.8 million, which tops Hanley Ramirez, who will collect $7 million this season. Ramirez is in the second of a six-year, $70 million contract.

The Marlins explored trading Uggla in the offseason, but they couldn’t find a match. The Giants and Orioles each expressed interest, but no talks were serious since the Winter Meetings in December.

The way the roster is shaping up, Uggla should remain at second base and batting fifth, behind cleanup hitter, Jorge Cantu.

Uggla’s expected return pretty much secures Chris Coghlan in left field, and makes Emilio Bonifacio the probable super utility player.

The fact the Marlins are bringing Uggla back at $7.8 million means he fits into their 2010 budget. So there is no mandate to move him.

Now, the club can certainly explore trade options at any time. It appears now the only way that would happen is if the team is out of playoff contention at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Of course, during Spring Training, if another team has the need for a second baseman, they could check to see Uggla’s availability. But by that point, the Marlins also will be looking to secure their roster, and it would have to take a sweet offer for them to pull the trigger.

The Marlins maintained all along that they would not just give Uggla away. One reason why the few teams that expressed interest in Uggla shied away from a deal was the fact he was lined up to make more than $7 million.

The fact that his contract is now $7.8 million limits his market, at this point.

Another reason why Uggla is expected to be with the Marlins in 2010 is the team isn’t sure either Bonifacio or Coghlan is ready to be the every day second baseman. In Uggla, the Marlins have a proven 30 homer, 90 RBI slugger who can hit in the middle of the order.

One alternative the Marlins could have explored if they did move Uggla was switching Coghlan to second base and going with prospect Logan Morrison in left field. Morrison will be getting a look at first base in Spring Training, but he can also play either corner outfield spot.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins having talks to sign Uggla

Whether Dan Uggla is on the Marlins’ Opening Day roster remains to be seen.

For now, don’t dismiss the chance of the Marlins signing the two-time All-Star second baseman. In fact, the team is currently engaged in dialogue with Uggla’s agent, Jeff Borris, about a contract for 2010.

Uggla, the first Marlin to ever have three straight 30 home run seasons, is in his second year of arbitration. A year ago, both sides couldn’t come to terms on a contract for 2009. His case went to an arbitration hearing, with the ruling going in Uggla’s favor.

In 2009, he made $5.35 million, and his salary projects to exceed $7 million in 2010. Fitting Uggla into their budget will be a challenge, since their payroll is expected to be less than $40 million.

The past few months, the Marlins have shopped Uggla, but there hasn’t been a big market for his services. The Giants and Orioles had interest, but talks with those clubs have since stopped.

The Marlins have insisted that they won’t just give the slugger away.

Even if he signs with the Marlins, the team could still seek to deal him before the start of Spring Training. Another possibility is the Marlins keep Uggla, and see if they are in the race at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. If they are, they may retain him for the final few months. If they aren’t, they would be in position to shop him.

— Joe Frisaro


Uggla a possibility in Baltimore

Count the Orioles in the mix for Dan Uggla.

Among the teams the Marlins have had at least preliminary discussions about Uggla are the Orioles.

The Marlins are believed to be seeking pitching prospects in return for their two-time All-Star second baseman.

Along with Baltimore, the Giants remain interested in the 29-year-old who is coming off a season where he belted 31 home runs and drove in 90.

With Brian Roberts at second base in Baltimore, Uggla would be a candidate to switch to third base, a position he hasn’t played in four big league seasons. Uggla played third base in the Minor Leagues.

Indications at the Winter Meetings were that Uggla will wind up with an American League club, unless a deal with the Giants can be worked out. There also is a feeling that there aren’t too many club seriously interested in Uggla, a former Rule 5 claim from Arizona.

Ideally, the Marlins would like to deal Uggla at the Winter Meetings, but the team is prepared to hang on to the slugger for at least a few more weeks if their isn’t a fit that makes sense.

Earlier in the day on Monday, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the team had not yet had discussions with the Marlins about Uggla.

Marlins officials arrived in Indianapolis later in the afternoon and in the early evening, and the organization began measuring interest in Uggla later in the night.

The Marlins also are in discussions with multiple clubs, as many as 10, for relievers Renyel Pinto and Matt Lindstrom.

— Joe Frisaro


Report: Uggla wants to remain at second

Dan Uggla is a two-time All-Star second baseman who has already placed his name in the record books.

By belting 31 homers in 2009, Uggla is the first player in MLB history to reach 30 homers in three straight years in which he played at least 100 games at second base.

With that kind of track record, Uggla sees himself as a second baseman. And he has little desire to switch positions, according to his agent, Jeff Borris.

Borris on Friday told Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown that his client wants to stay at second base.

“Danny Uggla’s been a full-time second baseman for the last four years,” Borris told Yahoo! Sports columnist. “He’s performed exceptionally well at that position. Although he has the athleticism to play other positions, he’s performed remarkably over these four years at second base and there should be no reason to consider a position change at this time.”

In his second season of arbitration, Uggla’s salary is slated to rise for the $5.35 million he made this year.

At this week’s General Managers Meetings, the Marlins had conversations with several clubs about Uggla. The Giants reportedly would like to add Uggla and switch him to third base. The Red Sox would consider Uggla in left field. The Orioles also reportedly have interest.

The Nationals, too, are a team that could enter into the mix. So may the Diamondbacks, the team that drafted Uggla in 2001. Former Marlins third base coach, Bo Porter, has now joined the Arizona staff.

Uggla has 121 career home runs, and he is building his legacy at second base. He has not played any other position in the big leagues besides second.

— Joe Frisaro

Inquires into Uggla

Due for a hefty pay raise, it was expected that the Marlins would measure interest for two-time All-Star Dan Uggla.

On Wednesday, a few possibilities emerged.

According to, the Giants and Orioles have expressed interest in Uggla. The Red Sox reportedly also may be an option.

The Giants, the report said, may consider Uggla as an option to play third base. The thinking is Pablo Sandoval would swift from third to first base. Uggla has exclusively played second base in the big leagues, although he had some work at third base in the Minor Leagues in 2005.

If Uggla, who will see his salary raise from $5.35 million to around $7 million, is dealt, the Marlins may be more inclined to keep Jorge Cantu, according to the

The Red Sox would consider Uggla as an option for left field.

Look for the Nationals also to show interest in Uggla.

— Joe Frisaro


Courting Catalanotto?

Are more moves on the horizon for the Marlins? Maybe.

One possibility that was explored looks like it won’t happen. The latest is the Marlins had interest in outfielder Frank Catalanotto of the Rangers. But once Florida finalized the deal on Wednesday to acquire Ross Gload, talks with Texas ended.

The Marlins had a busy Wednesday, picking up right-hander Hayden Penn from the Orioles and Gload from Kansas City. 

Catalanotto, who played for Italy in the World Baseball Classic, is not expected to make the Rangers, who are going with veteran Andruw Jones. So he would be available as a veteran left-handed bat off the bench.

Gload is a lefty bat off the bench, which was a higher priority for Florida.

— Joe Frisaro


Andino for Penn trade

Nothing has been announced, but according to 790 The Ticket, reserve infielder Robert Andino is being dealt to the Orioles for right-handed pitcher Hayden Penn.

The report was broadcasted by Josh Friedman of 790 The Ticket. The deal hasn’t been announced, but a source told that a trade was brewing.

Andino is out of options. The irony is Andino was working out with the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale in preparation for Florida facing the Orioles.

— Joe Frisaro