Comer, Knotts, and Vargas removed from 40-man roster

The Florida Marlins announced Tuesday they have non-tendered the contracts left-handed pitcher Scott Comer, right-handed pitcher Gary Knotts and right-handed pitcher Claudio Vargas, thus removing them from the 40-man roster. The club has signed the pitchers to AAA contracts and invited them to Spring Training as non-roster invitees.

Arizona Wants A. Nunez Back

The Arizona Diamonbacks have filed a grievance to get Abraham Nunez back from the Marlins. He was recently acquired by the Marlins to complete the Mantei trade. The original list of players to be considered by the Marlins also included pitchers Stephen Randolph and Jason Boyd. But Boyd was traded to Pittsburgh and Randolph missed six weeks of last season with an arm injury. A previous grievance was already denied.

Todd Dunwoody Traded for 1B/3B McNally

The Marlins acquired first baseman/third baseman Sean McNally from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Todd Dunwoody. McNally, 27, 6-4, 210 lb., batted .282 with 36 home runs, 109 RBI and 24 doubles in 129 games with AA Wichita in 1999. McNally hit .361 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 32 games for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the 1999 Arizona Fall League and was named one of the League’s top two first basemen by the League’s managers and coaches. His contract will be assigned to AAA Calgary of the Pacific Coast League.

Bicentennial Park – Next Home of the Florida Marlins

The Marlins have selected the Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami as their site for a new ballpark. The team wil dedicate the next 45-60 days to discuss the ballpark with the city. If it appears after that period that Miami is not a viable option, then Fort Lauderdale will be reconsidered. In addition, the Marlins named HOK as design architect and architect of record. The announcements were made by Marlins Chairman John W. Henry. New Ballpark Page.

Lowell Wins Conigliaro Award

Florida Marlins infielder Mike Lowell has been named the 10th winner of the Tony Conigliaro Award, given annually to a Major League player who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination and courage. Conigliaro’s brothers, Billy and Richie, will make the official presentation of the award to Lowell on January 13, 2000 at the Boston Baseball Writers’ annual dinner.

Reshuffling in the Scouting Department

The Marlins announced Monday several changes in the areas of Professional and Amateur Scouting. In the area of professional scouting, Scott Reid was promoted to Assistant to the General Manager and Jax Robertson, Dick Egan and Manny Estrada were named Major League Scouts. In the area of amateur scouting, Murray Cook was promoted to National Crosschecker, Mike Russell was promoted to Eastern Region Crosschecker, Larry Keller was promoted to Area Scout for Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and Douglas Rogalski was named Area Scout for Central and North Florida, as well as parts of South Georgia.

Camp Acquired in Rule V Draft

The Florida Marlins announced Monday they have acquired right-handed pitcher Jared Camp from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for right-handed pitcher Johan Santana and cash consideration in a trade made at the completion of the Major League phase of the 1999 Rule V Draft. Camp was the first player selected in the draft, as the Twins drafted the righthander from the Cleveland Indians. The Marlins selected Santana from the Houston Astros with the second pick in the draft. Camp will remain on the team’s 40-man roster.

Phoenix Acquired in AAA Draft

The Florida Marlins announced Monday they have selected outfielder Wynter Phoenix from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the AAA phase of the 1999 Rule V Draft. The Marlins also announced that left-handed pitcher Gabe Gonzalez was selected by the Montreal Expos in the AAA draft, while right-handed pitcher Aaron Cames was chosen by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the AAA phase of the draft.