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Hill signs Minor League deal

The Marlins have added some big league experienced starting pitching depth to their Spring Training roster.

Right-hander Shawn Hill, who made four starts with the Blue Jays, has signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. If Hill, 29, makes the team, he will earn $600,000.

Hill was 1-2 with a 2.61 ERA for Toronto last year, throwing 20 2/3 innings.

Hill broke in with the Montreal Expos in 2004. The right-hander also has pitched for the Nationals and Padres.

He has made 44 big league starts, and is 9-18 with a 4.74 ERA.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Miller welcomes fresh start with Boston

They joined the Marlins together, and by chance they exited one day apart from each other.

In separate moves last weekend, the Marlins traded Andrew Miller to the Red Sox, and followed that up by dealing Cameron Maybin to the Padres on Saturday.

The two deals brought three big league-ready relievers to the Marlins.

But the trade also meant the Marlins are moving past their blockbuster 2007 trade when they sent Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit. Miller and Maybin were the two centerpiece players Florida received in return.

Miller and Maybin are both out of options, so the Marlins would have had to keep them on their 25-man roster or else risk losing them. That fact also is a big reason why both were dealt.

“I kind of knew something would happen with me,” Miller said in a phone interview. “I kind of knew.”

Despite things not working out in Florida, Miller (24) and Maybin (23) are still young enough to develop into solid big leaguers. It’s just a matter of time, Miller believes.

“I think it’s unfortunate,” Miller said of the deal not working out for Florida. “I still believe that one day Cam is going to be an unbelievable player. I believe for us, the time hasn’t come yet, and it’s going to click one of these days for us. We’ve seen flashes from Cameron and I believe I’ve shown them before.

“For both of us, when we find that consistency and put it together, it came happen for us. There is no doubt in my mind that it will. Unfortunately, that time didn’t come with the Marlins. But they certainly gave us some opportunities. I can say nothing bad about them.”

While Miller has been primarily a starter, the 6-foot-7 lefty expects to be competing for a bullpen job with Boston.

“I know what the situation is. I’m out of options,” he said. “Going to a club like that, I’m assuming I’m going to have to battle and to put myself on that team with just Spring Training. That’s basically what I have to look forward to. I think it’s a good opportunity whenever somebody makes a trade for you.

“My assumption is what they’re going to ask of me is relieving. If that is something to find my way onto a Major League team, then that’s certainly what I’m going to go after. Nothing is ever set in stone. If I’m relieving and doing well, and something pops up and I’m starting, then I’d think there is an advantage that I’ve started in the past. That’s really not my concern. My concern is doing everything I can to find myself on a 25-man roster.”

– Joe Frisaro

Renteria in managerial mix

Another potential candidate to manage the Marlins in 2011 has surfaced, and he is someone familiar with the organization.

Rich Renteria, currently the first base coach of the San Diego Padres, is on the Marlins’ radar to possibly manage the club next year.

Renteria managed four seasons in the Marlins’ Minor League system. He was at Class-A Brevard County in 1998, and Class-A Kane County in 1999. Renteria also managed Double-A Portland from 2000-01.

The 49-year-old former second baseman played with the Marlins in 1993-94.

Previous big league managing experience, however, is viewed as a plus in the managerial search.

Yankees bench coach Tony Pena, who was AL Manager of the Year with the Royals in 2003, is considered a very strong candidate.

But sources say Renteria is highly respected, and considered a viable choice.

The Marlins will address their manager situation after the season. Edwin Rodriguez, who has guided the club since Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed in June, is under consideration. Bobby Valentine also is in the mix. And reports say Larry Bowa and Wally Backman are candidates, but those names have not been confirmed.

One high profile possibility, however, is not regarded as a candidate. On Friday, the Dodgers announced that Joe Torre will not return in 2011, and that Don Mattingly will take over in Los Angeles.

Don’t look for Torre, who is 70, to be in the Marlins’ mix. The Marlins are looking for a fit to develop their young talent to reach the next level. Veterans like Torre tend to enter situations where the team is on the verge of winning immediately.

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

Uggla keeps slugging away

Home runs, Dan Uggla likes to say, come in bunches.

They certainly have for the Marlins second baseman. Leading off the second inning on Tuesday, Uggla belted a solo shot off Roy Halladay.

Halladay, of course, threw a perfect game on May 29 at Sun Life Stadium, The Phillies right-hander retired the side in order in the first inning, meaning he had retired 30 straight in Miami before Uggla’s homer.

For Uggla, it was his eighth home run in the last 11 games. The hot streak began on July 23 against the Braves, and on July 27 at San Francisco, he enjoyed a two-homer day.

Last Saturday at San Diego,Uggla’s homer was the 144th of his career, making him the Marlins all-time home run leader. Mike Lowell previously held the mark with 143.

Uggla now has 145 homers in his career, and 24 on the season. He is on pace to top 30 homers for the fourth straight season.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Meet Scott Strickland

This time, Scott Strickland said yes.

So often in the past, the 33-year-old waved no thanks to the offer. That changed when he agreed to a Minor League deal with the Marlins with an invitation to Spring Training.

Strickland, who last pitched in the big leagues in 2005 with the Mets, has been bouncing around with various Triple-A clubs the past four years. He was in the Pirates system in 2006, followed by the Padres in ’07, and the Yankees in ’08, and finally the Dodgers a year ago.

After being turned away so many times before, the Marlins finally landed Strickland, who broke in with the Montreal Expos in 1999. Because Marlins management previously owned the Expos, team officials have known Strickland for more than a decade.

“They’ve been trying to get me the last three or four years,” the right-hander said. “For whatever reason, I’ve always gone somewhere else. Every year, they’ve tried to sign me, and I’ve always gone somewhere else. I don’t know exactly why. Whether it was money, or whatever else. This year I didn’t wait to compare offers. I was like, ‘You know what, these guys came to me quickly like they’ve always done, and I’m going to sign.’ “

Strickland has six years of MLB service time, and he’s appeared in 236 games. In each of the past two seasons, he’s made at least 50 Minor League appearances.

“I’ve been looking for an opportunity to come back to the big leagues,” he said. “I’ve been to Triple-A. I’ve been with the Pirates, San Diego, Yankees, Dodgers and now here. I’ve been throwing well. It seems there has never been an opportunity.”

Perhaps his luck will change with the Marlins.

– Joe Frisaro

Ayala absent on Monday

The Marlins will be without reliever Luis Ayala on Monday night at San Diego.

The veteran right-hander returned to his home in Arizona to be with his wife, who gave birth to a baby boy when the Marlins were traveling to San Diego after Sunday’s game in Miami.

Ayala is expected to rejoin the team on Tuesday.

Florida’s bullpen already is thin after six relievers combined to throw 5 1/3 innings in Sunday’s 5-0 loss to the Phillies.

The Marlins are currently carrying 13 pitchers, and the team likely will keep that number, at least through the rest of the road trip, which begins in San Diego on Monday and wraps up in Los Angeles on Sunday.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Rotation possibilities

The Marlins have yet to announce their starting pitcher for July 20 at San Diego. One reason is the team is weighing a number of possibilities.

“It all depends on the next three days,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We’re looking at different scenarios.”

One option is to stay with what the team already has. Long reliever Burke Badenhop has made one start this season, but he’s been effective in a long relief role. The Marlins like him in that role, but this could be a one-start situation. The team could go with Badenhop in the opener with the Padres on Monday.

A second option is to dip into the Minor League system. Rick VandenHurk, at Triple-A New Orleans, had an abbreviated three-inning start on Thursday. If the team wanted, it could bring up the right-hander, who has big league experience in the past.

At New Orleans, VandenHurk is 4-1 with a 2.77 ERA in nine starts.

There is another factor in play, too. The Marlins have off days on July 23 and July 27. Because of those two days, besides Monday, they wouldn’t need a fifth starter until Aug. 1 at home against the Cubs.

Chris Volstad is lined up for Tuesday in San Diego, and the order after the 6-foot-8 right-hander is Ricky Nolasco, Josh Johnson and Andrew Miller. Those four could stay in order through July 31, a Friday night home game with the Cubs.

If the team waits until Aug. 1 for the fifth starter, Sean West, optioned to Double-A after last Saturday’s game in Arizona, could work himself back into the mix.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

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