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After 3-hours and 14-minutes on Saturday, the Marlins ended their day on a high when Hector Luna lifted a walk-off single over a drawn-in Cardinals outfield.

With the bases full, Luna did his job. The 28-year-old waited on a pitch to drive and he did just that. The winning RBI gave the Marlins a 6-5 win over the Cardinals.

Luna is in Marlins camp on a Minor League contract, and he is competing for a utility spot. He’s played second base and first base thus far in the Spring. And in his career, which has included stints with the Cardinals, Indians and Blue Jays, he has also played shortstop and third base.

“He’s a professional. He’s been around,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

A year ago, Luna was with Triple-A Albuquerque in the Dodgers’ system.

“He had a great year in Triple-A last year and the Dodgers, for whatever reason, he didn’t get a call up,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve seen him do that to us many times, obviously, playing him here in Spring Training and over the course of many seasons. He was a big part of that Cardinals organization for many years.”

Hensley impresses: Brian Sanches was a surprise addition to the Marlins bullpen after the 2009 season began. Sanches didn’t make Florida’s Opening Day roster, but when he was called up from Triple-A New Orleans, he became a valuable part of the bullpen.

Could Clay Hensley be the Sanches of 2010?

The 30-year-old right-hander last pitched in the big leagues for the Padres in 2008. He was with New Orleans last year, and he had a pretty solid season — 9-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 25 games with 20 starts.

On a Minor League contract, Hensley threw three scoreless innings on Saturday, striking out four.

Hensley offers the flexibility to start or relieve.

“He’s pitched in the big leagues. He’s got three or four pitches,” Gonzalez said. “He commands all of them. He knows how to pitch. He’s an interesting guy. He really is. He can do whatever. He can be a long guy, or he can be a sixth starter, if he doesn’t make the club out of the Spring.

“He can be a guy in Triple-A, and you don’t worry about him coming up. For me, he pitched three solid innings, and did very well.”

Upcoming rotation: The Marlins on Sunday face the Cardinals again at Roger Dean Stadium. Sean West will start, and worked about two innings. Also slated to go are Andrew Miller, Daniel Jennings and Jose Ceda.

On Monday, the Marlins have a split-squad day.

Ricky Nolasco will start against the Nationals in Viera. 

At Roger Dean Stadium, the Marlins made a switch. Ryan Tucker will start against the Mets. Initially, The team had gone back and forth about whether to go with Tucker or bring Rick VandenHurk back on earlier rest. 

The Marlins on Tuesday will face the Red Sox in Jupiter. Former Boston prospect Anibal Sanchez will start, and VandenHurk will pitch in relief. Kris Harvey, Tim Wood, Sanches, Renyel Pinto and Leo Nunez are lined up that day, too.

And Wednesday, when the Marlins travel to Kissimmee to face the Astros, Hayden Penn will start. Chris Volstad will enter in relief, as will Jay Voss and Brett Sinkbeil.

— Joe Frisaro

All Marlins now under contract

All contractual matters for the Marlins have been resolved.

On Tuesday, the team announced four players have agreed to 2010 contracts — John Baker, Chris Leroux, Chris Coghlan and Cameron Maybin. Also, the contracts for Andrew Miller and Brett Carroll were renewed, meaning they accepted the terms the club presented.

Players who are under club control can either negotiate a deal, or renew at the price the team offers. For the most part, these recent signings are a formality. Many of these players signed either at the league minimum of $400,000, or close to it.

The latest wave means the club can go about the business of baseball, rather than deal with player contract issues. All players in camp now have deals for 2010. has gathered a list of what many of the players in camp will earn, if they make the team. The list does not include everyone, and it will be updated as more information filters in. But these figures were gathered by, or they were published by other media — like, the Miami Herald, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Palm Beach Post.

Here’s a look at some of the 2010 Marlins salaries, plus bonuses:

* Dan Uggla: $7.8 million
* Hanley Ramirez: $7 million. Bonuses: $50,000 (All-Star), $500,000 (MVP), $1 million (WS MVP), $250,000 (LCS MVP)
* Ricky Nolasco: $3.8 million
* Josh Johnson: $3.75 million. Bonuses: $50,000 (All-Star), $500,000 (Cy Young), $1 million (WS MVP), $250,000 (LCS MVP)
* Jorge Cantu: $6 million. Bonuses: $50,000 (650 plate appearances)
* Cody Ross: $4.45 million
* Leo Nunez: $2 million
* Anibal Sanchez: $1.25 million. Bonuses: Up to $100,000
* Ronny Paulino: $1.1 million
* Renyel Pinto: $1.075 million
* Wes Helms: $950,000 
* Seth McClung: (Minor League deal) $600,000 if he makes team. Bonuses: Up to $50,000
* Mike MacDougal: (Minor League deal) $700,000 if he makes team. Bonuses: Up to $75,000
* Derrick Turnbow: (Minor League deal) $600,000 if he makes team. Bonuses: Up to $50,000
* Chris Coghlan: $450,000
* Taylor Tankersley: $425,000. Bonuses: Up to $75,000
* Clay Hensley: (Minor League deal) $425,000 if he makes club
* Chris Volstad: $420,000
* John Baker: $415,000
* Brian Barden: (Minor League deal) $415,000 if he makes club
* Danny Richar: (Minor League deal) $410,000 if he makes club
* Cameron Maybin: $405,000
* Brett Carroll: $403,000
* Tim Wood: $402,000
* Chris Leroux: $401,000
* Ryan Tucker: $400,000
* Jai Miller: $400,000

— Joe Frisaro






MacDougal delayed a day

The Marlins entered Spring Training on Saturday in pretty good shape, physically.

One reliever, however, was not at the first workout because he was completing his physical. Mike MacDougal, who signed a Minor League contract a couple of days ago, was taking an MRI on Saturday.

The MRI was to double check a previous injury. Last October, when he was still with the Nationals, MacDougal underwent arthroscopic surgery to his right hip.

The Marlins also noted that reliever Renyel Pinto was excused by the team from working out. The left-hander is expected back on Sunday.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins out of options

Who is out of options factors into finalizing every big league roster.

A year ago, because shortstop Robert Andino was out of options, he became a primary trade target because he was blocked by All-Star Hanley Ramirez. So late in Spring Training 2009, Andino was dealt to the Orioles for right-hander Hayden Penn, who also was without options.

The Marlins currently have seven players who are out of options, which means they have to be on the 25-man roster, or the club risks losing them.

When a player has options, he can be sent up and down to the Minor Leagues all season.

Here are the seven Marlins without options for 2010: Penn, Dan Meyer, Renyel Pinto, Brian Sanches, Wes Helms, Cody Ross and Leo Nunez.

Rule 5 addition Jorge Jimenez also must make the 25-man roster, or he will have to be offered back to Boston.

— Joe Frisaro


Uggla, Sanchez, Pinto agree to terms

The Marlins avoided an arbitration hearing with Dan Uggla.

The two-time All-Star second baseman has reached agreement on a one-year contract worth $7.8 million.

Also on Monday, the Marlins reached agreement on one-year deals for right-hander Anibal Sanchez and lefty Renyel Pinto, avoiding arbitration on both players.

Sanchez will make $1.25 million, plus he can earn another $100,000 for games started.

“It feels good to get this out of the way,” Uggla said. “I can’t say that I’m going to for sure be a Marlin, because no one knows that. But I feel with the situation I’m in, I’m happy to be with the Marlins. I love it down there. They worked really well with me to come to an agreement, so I don’t have to go to an arbitration hearing. So I’m happy.”

The Marlins announced the agreement late Monday afternoon.

— 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


Ross, Cantu high Marlins priorities

Expect changes on the Marlins roster in 2010. Also expect to have two prominent every day players back.

The Marlins are prepared to take on the contracts of Jorge Cantu and Cody Ross.

Since the end of this past season, Ross was projected to return. Nothing has changed in the Marlins thinking.

Ross comes off his most productive season, batting .270 with a career high for home runs (24) and RBIs (90).

The left-handed thrower and right-handed batter can play all three outfield spots. If Cameron Maybin isn’t ready to take over in center field, Ross is the likely choice there. If Maybin is healthy, Ross will slide over to right field.

Eligible for arbitration, Ross made $2.225 million in 2009. He is entering his second season of arbitration.

With the Winter Meetings set to begin on Monday in Indianapolis, there promise to be speculation involving a number of Florida players. Cantu likely will be one of them.

Don’t look for Cantu, however, to be on the move. The 27-year-old drove in 100 runs batting cleanup behind Hanley Ramirez. Cantu made $3.5 million in ’09, and he will be entering his final year of arbitration.

Cantu projects to start at either first base or third base, depending on whether Logan Morrison or Gaby Sanchez wins a starting job in Spring Training. Both prospects play first base.

The Marlins payroll projects to be under $40 million in 2010. A year ago, it was at $36 million. A round ballpark number would be $38 million when all is said and done.

In all, the Marlins have 11 players eligible for arbitration, including relievers Renyel Pinto, Matt Lindstrom and Leo Nunez. All three are in their first seasons of arbitration. Chances are two of the three will be traded.

— Joe Frisaro


Aribitration-eligible Marlins

Working with a tight budget, the Marlins will have to make some tough choices regarding which of their arbitration-eligible players they will look to bring back.

In all, the team has 11 players from the 2009 roster in their arbitration years. The list includes a number of big names, including Josh Johnson, Dan Uggla, Ricky Nolasco and Jorge Cantu.

Not all are expected back, and already the Marlins have fielded inquires about Uggla and Cantu. Now, that doesn’t mean the team couldn’t one or both back.

The Marlins also are expected to make a push to signing Johnson to a multiyear contract.

Basically, players with three to six years of MLB service time are in their arbitration years. Once they reach six years, they can qualify for free agency.

Here’s a look at the service time (years and days) of the Marlins up for arbitration:

Alfredo Amezaga, 5 years, 97 days

Jorge Cantu, 5.036

Josh Johnson, 4.026

Matt Lindstrom, 3.000

Ricky Nolasco, 3.142

Leo Nunez, 3.108

Ronny Paulino, 3.112

Renyel Pinto, 3.083

Cody Ross, 4.058

Anibal Sanchez, 3.099

Dan Uggla, 4.000

— Joe Frisaro

Payroll projection for 2010

For years, the Marlins have shown they can remain competitive while spending carefully.

They will be continuing that trend in 2010.

Payroll for the upcoming season will be in the neighborhood of $36 million, or slightly lower.

In 2009, the Marlins finished second in the N.L. East, winning 87 games with a $36 million roster. So expect salaries to again to be in that range.

Hanley Ramirez will enter the second season of his six-year contract. The National League’s batting champ will make $7 million in ’10 after he just collected $5.5 million.

Because a number of key players are up for arbitration, player movement is inevitable. On Thursday, outfielder Jeremy Hermida was dealt to the Red Sox for two left-handed pitching prospects.

Hermida made $2.25 million in ’09, and he will see his salary raise.

The General Managers’ meetings begin on Monday, and the Marlins expect to be active in trade talks. 

Dan Uggla, who made $5.35 million this year, will likely see he salary raise to the $7 million range. Anticipate Uggla to attract plenty of trade interest.

Jorge Cantu ($3.5 million in ’09) may also be shopped. Indications are Cody Ross will be back.

Look for the Marlins to allocate their dollars towards pitching. Josh Johnson ($1.4 million in ’09) is expected to be offered a long term contract. However, preliminary discussions on a multiyear deal have not begun. They could get underway this week.

Johnson’s 2010 salary, even if he signs a long-term contract, could be about $4 million.

Ricky Nolasco made $2.4 million this year, and likely is headed to a $3 million pay day.

The Marlins also will have to make decisions regarding relievers Leo Nunez, Renyel Pinto and Matt Lindstrom. All three are entering arbitration for the first time. All three could be targets to be moved.

— Joe Frisaro




Calero day-to-day

In the eighth inning of Florida’s 12-3 win over Philadelphia, Marlins reliever Kiko Calero was lifted with pain in his right knee.

Appearing for the first time since Aug. 4 at Washington, Calero exited after issuing a two-out walk to Chase Utley.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez and trainer Sean Cunningham came to the mound, and the veteran right-hander was replaced without even testing the knee with a warmup pitch.

Afterwards, Calero said he feld discomfort in the muscle area above the kneecap.

“It felt weak today,” said Calero, who has appeared in 47 games this season. “On Friday, I started feeling it. But today, there were two pitches [to Utley] where my knee felt weak. I’m fine.”

Calero is listed as day-to-day.

In 2003, he had surgery to repair a torn right patella.

Gonzalez said before of his past history with the knee area, the team is being extra cautious.

Calero was on the disabled list from June 21-July 9 with right shoulder inflammation.

The Marlins were hoping to avoid using Renyel Pinto on Sunday, but the lefty replaced Calero, and he retired Ryan Howard on a fly ball to right field.

Calero has been used in a late-inning relief role. Matt Lindstrom, Brendan Donnelly, Brian Sanches and Tim Wood are right-handed setup options. Leo Nunez has been used as closer.

— Joe Frisaro