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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


Nunez sprains right ankle

Marlins reliever Leo Nunez was removed in the eighth inning on Tuesday night with a right ankle sprain.

Florida’s primary setup right-hander, Nunez faced two Orioles’ batters, surrendering a home run to Matt Wieters and a single to Robert Andino. Immediately, trainer Sean Cunningham and manager Fredi Gonzalez came to the mound.

Nunez has appeared in 37 games, and he’s been the bridge reliever to closer Matt Lindstrom. Nunez was replaced by left-hander Dan Meyer.

— Joe Frisaro


Andino for Penn trade

Nothing has been announced, but according to 790 The Ticket, reserve infielder Robert Andino is being dealt to the Orioles for right-handed pitcher Hayden Penn.

The report was broadcasted by Josh Friedman of 790 The Ticket. The deal hasn’t been announced, but a source told that a trade was brewing.

Andino is out of options. The irony is Andino was working out with the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale in preparation for Florida facing the Orioles.

— Joe Frisaro

Roster options and Andino

The final week before the regular season begins should produce a lot of activity and speculation.

Infielder Robert Andino remains on the radar of the Pirates, who have shown interest in him since the 2008 Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. Brian Bixler is a name that popped up as a possible trade candidate for Andino, and that still could be a deal that is made before Opening Day.

Bixler, however, has shown improvement in Spring Training, and he may have a future with the Pirates.

Andino is out of options, and if he is placed on waivers, Andino could be claimed by the Pirates, without them giving up anyone. The Marlins still are deciding if they want to retain Andino as an insurance policy for Hanley Ramirez.

There also are indications that the Marlins are shopping third baseman Dallas McPherson, who also is out of options. The team is exploring a left-handed bat off the bench.

Now the Marlins may opt to keep both Andino and/or McPherson. There are a number of possibilities that are being explored as teams look to finalize their rosters.

The Marlins are looking for lefty relief help. Pittsburgh’s Sean Burnett could be a possibility. And veteran Ron Villone was recently released by the Mets.

— Joe Frisaro

Amezaga out 4-6 weeks

A left knee sprain will keep versatile Alfredo Amezaga out four-to-six weeks.

Amezaga was examined in Miami on Tuesday by Dr. Lee Kaplan. The injury occurred while Amezaga was playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. On Sunday night, Amezaga went 2-for-5 against Australia. After the game, he felt stiffness in his left knee.

He returned to Miami on Monday, and saw the doctor on Tuesday.

With Amezaga out, Robert Andino and Emilio Bonifacio are candidates to fill his role as a all-purpose ultility player.

— Joe Frisaro


Roster scenarios

Anyone thinking the Marlins roster is set should think again.

For now, I will take a look at the position players, and here are some scenarios that may happen to improve the club defensively. Let’s say Gaby Sanchez isn’t ready to secure first base, and he opens the season in the Minor Leagues.

If that happens, look for Jorge Cantu to move to first base, and Alfredo Amezaga could become a starter at third base. If the team got really bold, it could consider switching Hanley Ramirez to third base and using Amezaga at shortstop. That move may actually make the most sense, but selling Hanley on the idea could be tough.

So let’s say Ramirez stays at shortstop — which probably would be what happens — then Amezaga and Wes Helms could be a platoon option at third base. That scenario would arise if Dallas McPherson isn’t on the team.

For the team to improve defensively, it makes sense for its best defensive player — Amezaga — to see more playing time.

If Amezaga becomes a starter in the infield, then look for Robert Andino to make the team, filling in the utility role that has belonged to Amezaga. Andino is out of options, and many believe he will not make the team. I am not convinced Andino will be packing his bags before Opening Day. 

Just some things to think about.

— Joe Frisaro 

Andino is 'on stage'

Out of options, Robert Andino understands he may soon be out of chances with the Marlins.

The 24-year-old shortstop is getting a chance to showcase himself with Hanley Ramirez playing in the World Baseball Classic. On Saturday, Andino came through with a walk-off homer against former Marlin Ross Wolf in the 10th inning.

In 2008, Andino had a walk-off homer to beat the Mets in the second game of the season.

“It brings back a little memory,” Andino said. “I’m on stage right now.”

Since he plays shortstop — Hanley Ramirez’s position — Andino is blocked. There basically are three situations Andino finds himself in: He can make the club as a backup, be traded or released, or he could be released and clear waivers and be assigned to Triple-A New Orleans.

“He needs to come out and show people that he can play,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Best case scenario, he makes our club as a utility guy. Best case scenario, he’s going to play well enough that he isn’t going to clear waivers. Worst case scenario is he comes out, he doesn’t play well, and he clears waivers, and he’s in Triple-A for us.

“I think so far he is showing he can play at this level.”

Many are speculating that Andino won’t make the Opening Day roster. Still, don’t rule that out.

Camping out Thursday

Observations from Thursday at Fort Lauderdale:

* Reliever Scott Proctor, who had surgery on his elbow last October, is experiencing a bout of scar tissue. The veteran is back in Jupiter, doing a long-toss program. The team is hopeful he will be back in games next week.

* Dallas McPherson was batting cleanup and playing third, while Gaby Sanchez was at first base on Thursday, hitting eighth.

* Don’t immediately discount Robert Andino’s chances of making the team. Because he is out of options, many believe it is a given that he won’t be on the Opening Day roster. That may not be the case, as the team is weighing whether to keep him as Hanley Ramirez’s backup.

* Keep an eye on Chris Coghlan. The third base/second base prospect is getting closer to being big league ready.

* Anibal Sanchez, who was pitching in relief on Thursday after Andrew Miller in Fort Lauderdale, will next pair up with Chris Volstad, who is pitching on Friday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers.

— Joe Frisaro


Marlins sign seven more

All 40 players on the Marlins’ 40-man roster are now under contract.

It was a formality since the remaining players were under club control. On Monday, the Marlins renewed contracts for Cameron Maybin, Matt Lindstrom, Taylor Tankersley, Robert Andino, Anibal Sanchez and Renyel Pinto.

Ryan Tucker agreed to a contract.

The league minimum is $400,000.

— Joe Frisaro