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Smoltz-Marlins update

The Marlins are looking for pitching help, and John Smoltz is exploring new job opportunities.

Whether the two sides come together remains a long-shot at this point. But that doesn’t mean the organization isn’t considering the prospect of adding the veteran right-hander, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Aug. 7.

If he is not traded before 2 p.m. ET on Monday, Smoltz becomes a free agent. If the Marlins swing a deal for Smoltz, they’d be looking at picking up the remainder of his salary. The daily breakdown would be about $35,000, unless the Red Sox agree to pick up a large bulk of the remaining contract.

According to a source, teams believed to have interest in Smoltz are the Marlins, Cardinals, Dodgers and Rangers.

The 42-year-old right-hander could be open to either starting or pitching out of the bullpen. The Marlins have a need for both.

Smoltz last pitched on Aug. 6 in the Red Sox’s loss to the Yankees. He threw 3 1/3 innings that day, giving up eight runs while walking four. He was 2-5 with an 8.33 ERA in eight starts for Boston.

In his stellar career, which started in Atlanta in 1988, Smoltz has a 212-152 record with a 3.32 ERA. He also has 154 saves.

In Atlanta, he worked closely with Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who formerly was the Braves third base coach.

“I think he’s a tremendous competitor and a good guy,” Gonzalez said of Smoltz, noting that he couldn’t say anything regarding the Marlins possibily acquiring the veteran.

— Joe Frisaro


Record day at Fenway



Wednesday night was historic for the Red Sox Nation, and the Marlins became part of history.

On hand for the 6-1 Boston win were 38,196 fans, marking the 500th consecutive sellout at Fenway Park.

The No. 500 was written into the outfield grass (as seen from the photo I took from the press box).

The streak started on May 15, 2003, which happened to be the 23rd birthday of Josh Beckett.

Beckett, now with Boston, of course was the Marlins World Series MVP in 2003.

— 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

Volstad picks up a tip

During his start against the Red Sox on Friday in Fort Myers, it was pointed out that Chris Volstad was tipping a few pitches.

Making sure not to telegraph what is about to be thrown is something pitchers are constantly on alert about. It wasn’t something major, and Volstad realizes what he was doing.

“It was something real simple,” he said. “It’s a reminder to keep everything the same in my delivery. Nothing big.”

Volstad, 22, is a promising right-hander who looks to pick up pointers from other pitchers. On Friday, he was matched against Josh Beckett.

From Beckett, Volstad watched his mound presence and how the former Marlin sets up hitters.

“You can see those guys think out there on the mound, and what they’re trying to do,” Volstad said. “You see their pitching sequences.”

Growing up, Volstad was a fan of Greg Maddux.

“Watching the game, in general, you can always learn,” Volstad said.

— Joe Frisaro




Camping out Wednesday

Worth noting from camp on Wednesday:

* Because Josh Johnson and Ricky Nolasco were scheduled to throw four innings each on Wednesday against Italy, relievers got in their work on the back fields. Logan Kensing threw to batters on the back field Wednesday morning to get in his work.

* In Saturday’s B Game against the Orioles on field two at Roger Dean Stadium, Ryan Tucker will start.

* Upcoming rotation: Andrew Miller (Thursday) against Orioles at Fort Lauderdale; Chris Volstad (Friday) against Red Sox in Fort Myers, and Sean West (Saturday) against Orioles at Roger Dean Stadium. Former Marlin Josh Beckett is starting for Boston on Friday.

* Minor League camp opens on March 9, which is around the time the team will begin making some cuts.

— Joe Frisaro