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Porter emerges as frontrunner

The Marlins may be weighing all their options, but the candidate that appears to have the most momentum to manage the club in 2011 is familiar to Florida fans.

Indications are Bo Porter has emerged as the frontrunner.

Porter, a former big league outfielder, was the Marlins’ third base/outfield coach from 2007-09, before he joined the Arizona staff in 2010.

Numerous sources confirmed the Marlins have serious interest in Porter, who is regarded as a strong teacher of fundamentals. Known for being well prepared, the 38-year-old already has been making inquiries about candidates for his coaching staff.

Earlier this month, Porter interviewed for the Pirates managerial position.

The Marlins’ search is entering another week after Bobby Valentine, who was offered the job, opted to withdraw from consideration. 

Edwin Rodriguez, who went 46-46 after replacing Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, remains in the mix. But the club hasn’t spoken with Rodriguez since the season ended.

Porter previously interviewed for the Marlins job after Gonzalez was dismissed in June. Porter impressed the club then, and he remained under consideration even after the team decided to stay with Rodriguez.

Other candidates being mentioned are Tony Pena, Ted Simmons and Jim Fregosi. It remains unclear how much serious interest the team has in them.

The Marlins finished 80-82 in 2010, and the organization is placing an emphasis to improving fundamentally.

Florida has a young outfield that features rookies Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton. Cameron Maybin isn’t a rookie, but he is 23-years-old.

Porter would be looked at to help the developments of these young players.

In recent years, Porter worked with former Marlin, Cody Ross, who now has become a playoff hero for the Giants. In 2008 and 2009, Porter frequently stated that Ross was deserving of a Gold Glove.

– Joe Frisaro

 

New stadium countdown underway

Eighteen seasons down. One to go.

When the final out was made on Sunday in a 5-2 win over the Pirates, the Marlins completed their 18th season in the big leagues. When they take the field on April 1 against the Mets, it will mark the start of the franchise’s final year at Sun Life Stadium.

pitchingmound1a.jpgThe 2011 campaign also will be the last in which the franchise is known as the Florida Marlins. In 2012, the organization will go through a new beginning. They will move into their new ballpark, and change their name to the Miami Marlins.

Construction is nearly 50 percent complete on the retractable-roof ballpark in the Little Havana section of Miami. The new stadium will seat 37,000. Already, season ticket sales are underway for 2012, as well as ’11.

The roof will guarantee all home games will be played without delay, and it also offers a reprieve from the scorching South Florida heat.

In 2010, the Marlins ranked 28th in home attendance, averaging 18,825 (1,524,894).

Since their inaugural 1993 season, the Marlins have shared their home stadium with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins. It didn’t take long for the grounds crew to transform the park from baseball to football on Sunday. As Marlins players were celebrating the final out on Sunday, workers began digging up the pitchers mound, and prepping the infield to be covered with grass.

The workers were able to have the infield dirt and mound covered with sod in time for Monday night’s Dolphins-New England Patriots game.

– Joe Frisaro
 

 

Sanabia scratched for Saturday

Due to some right elbow stiffness, rookie Alex Sanabia was scratched from his scheduled start on Saturday.

The Marlins are now going with Jorge Sosa against the Pirates at Sun Life Stadium. Charlie Morton is throwing for Pittsburgh.

Sanabia experienced a tingle in his right arm in his previous start, when he tossed seven innings at Atlanta on Monday, Sept. 27.

The rookie has logged 72 1/3 innings for the Marlins this season. Counting his Minor League totals, Sanabia has logged 170 2/3 innings, by far the most in the 22-year-old’s professional career.

A year ago for Class A Jupiter, Sanabia threw 104 1/3 innings.

Sanabia has enjoyed a strong rookie season, posting a 5-3 record with a 3.73 ERA in 15 appearances, including 12 starts. He is expected to challenge for a rotation spot in Spring Training.

The right-hander made 16 Minor League starts and was 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA.

Sosa is making his second start for Florida. The veteran worked 2 1/3 innings on Sept. 15 in a loss to the Phillies.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Pirates claim Leroux off waivers

Chris Leroux was claimed off waivers on Monday by the Pirates.

The 26-year-old reliever appeared in 17 games for the Marlins, and posted a 7.00 ERA, allowing 14 earned runs in 18 innings.

Leroux appeared in 26 Minor League games in the Marlins system, including 21 with Triple-A New Orleans.

Leroux was a September call-up for the Marlins.

– Joe Frisaro

Could Raynor return to Marlins?

When the Pirates purchased the contract of pitcher Jeff Karstens on Tuesday, they were forced to make a difficult roster decision. They ended up designating outfielder John Raynor for assignment.

Since Raynor was a Rule 5 claim by the Pirates off the Marlins’ Minor League roster, there is a chance the speedster will return to Florida.

Last December, Raynor was not protected on the Marlins’ 40-man roster, and the Pirates picked him in the Rule 5 Draft. The stipulation with Rule 5 claims is they must stay on the 25-man roster the entire season.

Technically, Raynor is going through waivers. The Marlins have first dibs to bring him back. If they do so, he could be sent to Triple-A New Orleans and not be on the 40-man roster.

The question the Marlins are asking themselves is whether they have a need for Raynor.

At Triple-A New Orleans, the outfield has Scott Cousins, Bryan Petersen and Jason Lane. Emilio Bonifacio also is seeing time in the outfield.

If the Marlins decide they don’t have a fit for Raynor, they could attempt to trade him back to the Pirates for a prospect.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Penn claimed off waivers by Pirates

Hayden Penn, who was out of options, has been claimed off waivers by the Pirates.

Penn had been in the mix for a rotation spot.

In five Grapefruit League starts, Penn made two starts. He was 1-0 with an 8.31 ERA, he walked four and struck out four.

The Marlins entered Spring Training with Penn as part of the mix for a rotation spot. But Clay Hensley has locked up the fifth rotation spot.

– 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

Marlins interested in Capps

Affordability is key for any established free agent the Marlins pursue.

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Marlins are among a growing list of teams coveting reliever Matt Capps. The Rangers, Rockies, Cardinals, Cubs and Diamondbacks also are listed as potential suitors.

There are strong indications the Marlins are indeed exploring signing Capps, but cost will be a factor. Non-tendered by Pittsburgh on Saturday, Capps made $2.425 million in 2009. There is a belief that his dollar figure could again be in that neighborhood, or perhaps slightly less. If so, the right-hander could fit into Florida’s budget.

The Marlins expressed interest in Capps last season in trade talks. And the team could offer him the opportunity to compete with Leo Nunez for the closer spot.

Upgrading the bullpen is a high priority for the Marlins.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Pirates Saturday lineups

With the Pirates throwing lefty Zach Duke on Saturday, the Marlins are going with a slightly different lineup.

Marlins

1) Boni, 3B

2) Hermida, LF

3) Hanley, SS

4) Cantu, 1B

5) Uggla, 2B

6) Ross, CF

7) Paulino, C

8) Carroll, RF

9) Miller, P

 

Pirates lineup:

1) McCutchen, CF

2) Wilson, SS

3) Young, RF

4) Adam LaRoche, 1B

5) Jones, LF

6) Andy LaRoche, 3B

7) Diaz, C

8) Vazquez, 2B

9) Duke, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins claim reliever

Adding some depth to their Minor League system, the Marlins on Friday announced they’ve claimed lefty reliever Dave Davidson from the Pirates.

The 25-year-old has been optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. After spending last year in Double-A Altoona, Davidson made three appearances for Triple-A Indianapolis.

“He’s got a good arm, and he’s got options,” Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.

Throwing strikes consistently has beena challenge for Davidson. His raw talent was enough for the Marlins to feel comfortable taking a chance on him.

– Joe Frisaro

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