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Ohman, Cordero on radar

Florida continues to have interest in left-handed reliever Will Ohman, who looks like he will not return to the Braves.

Speculation that Ohman could sign with the Marlins surfaced recently on For the right price, the lefty could wind up in Florida.

Early reports said Ohman is seeking $1.5 million, but the thinking is he could be obtained for less. The question is whether the Marlins decide to put their limited financial resources into a situational lefty, or do they still hold out hope of signing catcher Ivan Rodriguez?

Adding a lefty to the bullpen is something the team is exploring. Renyel Pinto, expected to make the team, has been sick the past couple of days.

The Marlins also recently attended a workout to watch right-handed reliever Chad Cordero. About 15 teams observed Cordero, who is battling back from a right shoulder problem. The reports are Cordero likely won’t be ready until perhaps the second half. His fastball was clocked around 80 mph, and the ball wasn’t coming out of his hand like it did when he was healthy pitching for Washington.

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Tuesday

First full-squad workouts in review:

* Manager Fredi Gonzalez was given a two-year contract extension, locking him up with the club through 2011. When he went out onto the field, his players gave him a big hand.

“You stll have got to win ballgames,” Gonzalez said, keeping perspective.

Gonzalez makes Marietta, Ga., his home. He has a daughter who is graduating from high school, and a son, who is a sophomore in high school. Gonzalez said when they are out of school, he may consider moving back to Miami, where he grew up.

* Renyel Pinto has made it official that he will not compete in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela. The lefty reliever is focused on staying healthy and strong for the regular season. It was a tough decision.

“I’d like to represent my country,” Pinto said. “It’s important to me, too. But I have to worry about my family first. There are more World Classics. I can go later. For right now, I’m just thinking about the team, and my family. It’s going to be a big year for me.”

* Right-hander Jose Ceda has some discomfort in his right shoulder, and he will not throw for three or four days.

* When Jorge Cantu ripped the ball down the third-base line off Jason Standridge in his first round of living pitching, Hanley Ramirez chimed in: “Same guy. I’ve seen that before.”

— Joe Frisaro

Camping out Monday

Here is some of what went on Monday at camp:

* Some pitchers, including Josh Johnson, threw bullpen sessions for the third straight day. Those in that group, however, tossed abbreviated sessions, about four minutes.

* The first full-squad workouts, which start on Tuesday, will feature live batting practice. The workouts start at 1 p.m. ET.

* Ricky Nolasco is building his case for being the Opening Day starter. In a bullpen session on Sunday, Nolasco was so effective with all his pitches that catcher John Baker said he looked like he was throwing in August.

* Renyel Pinto is leaning towards not competing in the World Baseball Classic for Venezuela. He hopes to make a decision on Tuesday.

— Joe Frisaro

Pinto on Classic fence

Will he or won’t he?

Renyel Pinto has yet to decide if he will pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. On Friday, he told reporters that he wasn’t going to the Classic. On Saturday, he said he received three calls from the Venezuelan team.

Pinto said he will make up his mind on Monday.

In other Classic news, Jorge Cantu and Alfredo Amezaga will play for Mexico. Cantu will be playing third base, and Amezaga is lined up to play in center field.

— Joe Frisaro