The Marlins opened MLB’s 1998 Spring Training by defeating the University of Miami 9-2. The Marlins lineup was composed of minor-league prospects, most notably Josh Booty, Joe Fontenot, and Lou Lucca.
Jim Leyland will present a young lineup for tomorrow’s opening game against the Univeristy of Miami: left fielder Fletcher Bates (23 years old), center fielder Julio Ramirez (20), right fielder Ryan Jackson (26), first baseman Brian Daubach (26), second baseman Amaury Garcia, shortstop Alex González (21), third baseman Josh Booty (22), catcher Scott Makarewicz (30), and designated hitter John Roskos (23). Right-hander Joe Fontenot (20) will start, followed by Brent Billingsley (22), Ryan Dempster (20), Blaine Mull (21), Aaron Akin (20), Rey Mendoza (27) and Nelson Lara (19).
Marlins Catcher Charles Johnson won his arbitration case and will make $3.3 million this year. The team offered $2.25 million.
The Marlins trade Al Leiter and Ralph Milliard to the New York Mets. In return, the Marlins receive minor-league pitchers Jesus Sanchez and A.J. Burnett and outfielder Robert Stratton. Marlins removed $3 million in salary by trading Leiter.
Milliard became the odd man out in the infield with the emergence of Renteria, Counsell, and Castillo.
Sanchez, 23, LHP, 13-10 with a 4.30 ERA and 176 K in 165.1 inning at Class AA.
Stratton, 20, OF, hit .249 with 15 HR in 245 AB but struck out 94 times and walked 19 BB in Rookie League.
Burnett, 22, RHP, allowed only 28 hits in 44 innings at Class A, but walked 35.
Marlins acquire right-handed minor league reliever Hector Ramirez from the Baltimore Orioles for future considerations. The 26 year old Ramirez was 8-7 with a 4.91 ERA in AAA Rochester last season.