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Marlins future payroll projections

For less, the Marlins have had success generating more.

The organization has found a way to maximize its dollars and still field a competitive product.

The 2010 Opening Day payroll, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, was $47,429,719, roughly a $10 million increase from 2009.

uggla.jpgThe Marlins have new ballpark opening in 2012. With the security of the building, along with new revenue streams, payroll projections are expected to climb in the upcoming years.

But just how much will the increase be?

Indications are the 2011 payroll will be slightly higher in 2011. So look for the figure to be in the $50 million range.

In 2012, the first year of the new ballpark, the climb is expected to be in the $55-$60 million range.

Key for the payrolls the next couple of years is the cost of the retractable-roof building in the Little Havana section of Miami. Thus far, everything has been on budget and on schedule. There always is a chance for some unforeseen costs.

If everything runs smoothly, the most dramatic jump in payroll should come as early as 2013. Then, there is a chance the leap in payroll could be towards the middle of the MLB pack. So in three years, the payroll could escalate to about $80 million, a figure the franchise has never seen.

The two big salaries the club already has for 2011 are Hanley Ramirez ($11 million) and Josh Johnson ($7.75 million). So those two are taking up $18.75 million of the expected $50 million payroll next year.

In 2012, Ramirez and Johnson will combine to make $28.75 million.

The Marlins have the flexibility to offer Dan Uggla and Ricky Nolasco multi-year contracts. The organization is expected to pursue locking both of them up after the season.

Uggla, who has 139 career homers, is closing in on Mike Lowell’s all-time home run record of 143. He should achieve that by September, and build on it in the future. Nolasco, who has 50 career wins, is second on the Marlins’ all-time list behind Dontrelle Willis (68). 

– Joe Frisaro

Coghlan back in lineup

Out since the sixth inning on Saturday because of a sore lower back, Chris Coghlan is in the starting lineup for the Marlins on Wednesday.

The Marlins and Rockies play their third of four games at Sun Life Stadium. Ricky Nolasco is getting the start. Catcher Brad Davis is making his MLB debut.

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Brad Davis, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-Nationals lineups

Strasburg vs. Nolasco.

It’s one of the best pitching matchups of the season, and it gets underway in the first game of the second half for the Marlins.

Ricky Nolasco has won four straight for the Marlins, who draw the Nationals on Friday night. Rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg, with his 100 mph fastball, takes the mound for Washington.

The lone lineup change the Marlins are making is swapping Dan Uggla with Jorge Cantu. Uggla will bat fourth, with Cantu sliding to fifth.

 

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1) Nyjer Morgan, CF

2) Cristian Guzman, 2B

3) Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4) Adam Dunn, 1B

5) Josh Willingham, LF

6) Ivan Rodriguez, C

7) Roger Bernadina, RF

8) Ian Desmond, SS

9) Stephen Strasburg, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Dan Uggla, 2B

5) Jorge Cantu, 3B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Marlins-D-backs lineups Friday

The Marlins look to bounce back in the second of four games against the D-backs at Chase Field. Ricky Nolasco will take the mound against Dan Haren.

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Mike Stanton, RF

8) Ronny Paulino, C

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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1) Chris Young, CF

2) Kelly Johnson, 2B

3) Justin Upton, RF

4) Miguel Montero, C

5) Mark Reynolds, 3B

6) Adam LaRoche, 1B

7) Stephen Drew, SS

8) Gerardo Parra, LF

9) Dan Haren, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins open to making moves

The deeper they fall in the standing, the greater the chance the Marlins will be open to making moves.

In fact, there are rumbings from within the organization that they may be willing to listen to offers for just about everyone not named Josh Johnson or Hanley Ramirez. Besides those two — plus players who are not yet in their arbitration years — the club could be ready to make some changes.

There are indications that Ricky Nolasco, who has one year remaining in arbitration, could be dealt for the right price. The Marlins are in no rush to move the 27-year-old right-hander, but they would certainly listen to what is available.

Jorge Cantu is eligible for free agency after the season. While the Marlins are high on the veteran, who has been a steady run producer, they might not be in position to sign him to a multi-year deal if his salary reaches more than $10 million. Cantu appears to be the most likely Marlin to be moved before the end of the season.

Dan Uggla and Cody Ross — like Nolasco — have one year of arbitration remaining. There is no immediate urgency to trade either player. But both may bring back some parts to build upon for the future.

Nate Robertson, acquired late in Spring Training from Detroit, also could be an attractive trade piece should the Marlins be out of the race by the end of the month.

Veteran Wes Helms, a free agent after the season, may also draw interest on the trade market. The Marlins are high on Helms, and envision him someday being a coach in their system. Even if he is traded, the club may look to sign him back in the offseason.

The team certainly is looking for bullpen help, but that’s not the only area they hope to address. Offensively, they are hoping to become more balanced and less streaky.

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Marlins-Mets lineups Monday

The Marlins and Mets open a three-game series at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Monday.

New York sends R.A. Dickey to the mound. The Marlins are going with Ricky Nolasco.

 

 

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1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Jesus Feliciano, CF

3) David Wright, 3B

4) Ike Davis, 1B

5) Jason Bay, LF

6) Jeff Francoeur, RF

7) Henry Blanco, C

8) Ruben Tejada, 2B

9) R.A. Dickey, P

 

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, CF

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Mike Stanton, RF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

 

 

Rained out Wednesday

For the second time this season, the Marlins have had a game postponed because of rain.

Wednesday’s game at Philadelphia was washed out. No makeup date has been set yet. But a possible date for a doubleheader will be on Sept. 6, when the Marlins return to Philadelphia.

The Marlins rotation has now shuffled for the new few days.

Josh Johnson, who was scheduled to pitch on Wednesday, will throw on Thursday. The Phillies are countering with Roy Halladay.

The Marlins weekend rotation at Tampa Bay now will be Anibal Sanchez (Friday), Ricky Nolasco (Saturday) and Chris Volstad (Sunday). Nate Robertson is being skipped one start, and he is available in the bullpen.

The Marlins previously were rained out on April 23 at Colorado. They made that up on April 24 with a doubleheader.

– Joe Frisaro

 

Hanley leading off

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez talked about “tweaking” the lineup after Saturday’s 6-1 loss to the Mets at Citi Field.

The manager made a big change on Sunday by sliding Hanley Ramirez into the leadoff spot for the first time since 2008.

A career .313 hitters leading off, Ramirez was switched to the No. 3 spot in 2009, and he went on to win the NL batting title with a .342 average.

This year has been a struggle for Ramirez, who is hitting .286 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs.

Heading into Sunday, Ramirez had all but one of his at-bats this season from the No. 3 spot. The other time was when he was used as a pinch-hitter for the pitcher’s spot.

 

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1) Hanley Ramirez, SS

2) Chris Coghlan, LF

3) Dan Uggla, 2B

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Ronny Paulino, C

6) Cody Ross RF

7) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

 

 

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1) Jose Reyes, SS

2) Angel Pagan, CF

3) Jason Bay, LF

4) Ike Davis, 1B

5) David Wright, 3B

6) Rod Barajas, C

7) Jeff Francoeur, RF

8) Alex Cora, 2B

9) Hisanori Takahashi, P

 

– Joe Frisaro

Marlins lineup for Tuesday

After rallying from four runs down on Monday, the Marlins look for their third straight victory on Tuesday.

The Marlins took the four-game series opener with the Brewers on Monday, 13-5 at Sun Life Stadium.

Ricky Nolasco will get the start on Tuesday night.

 

 

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1) Rickie Weeks, 2B

2) George Kottaras, C

3) Ryan Braun, LF

4) Prince Fielder, 1B

5) Casey McGehee, 3B

6) Corey Hart, RF

7) Jim Edmonds, CF

8) Alcides Escobar, SS

9) Dave Bush, P

 

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1) Chris Coghlan, LF

2) Gaby Sanchez, 1B

3) Hanley Ramirez, SS

4) Jorge Cantu, 3B

5) Dan Uggla, 2B

6) Cody Ross, RF

7) Ronny Paulino, C

8) Cameron Maybin, CF

9) Ricky Nolasco, P

– Joe Frisaro

 

Welcome to the big leagues

Jay Buente made his Major League debut on Thursday night, and Marlins veteran Jorge Cantu did his part in trying to ease the rookie into action.

Wearing a microphone for Fox Sports Florida, Cantu had a brief chat with Buente before he threw his first big league pitch to open the fifth inning. Buente, called up from Triple-A New Orleans earlier in the day, relieved Ricky Nolasco after a 77-minute rain delay.

buente1.jpgBuente’s conversation with Cantu aired on TV, offering a light-hearted inside-the-game moment for the audience.

The exchange was:

Cantu: “This your first time in the big leagues?”

Buente: “Yeah.”

Cantu: “First time?”

Buente: “Yeah.”

Cantu: “First appearance?”

Buente: “Yes, sir.”

Cantu: “Are you psyched?”

Buente: “Yeah.”

Cantu: “Are you nervous?”

Buente: “No.”

Cantu: “You better not be nervous.”

Buente: “No, not nervous.”

Cantu: “Hey, congratulations.”

Buente: “Thank you.”

Cantu: “All right, let’s go.”

Buente: “Thanks.”

The first batter Buente faced? Chipper Jones.

Buente retired the veteran on a groundout to first base.

– Joe Frisaro

(photo by Robert Vigon/Florida Marlins)

 

 

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