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.

Brant Brown Acquired for Aven

Bruce Aven was traded to Pittsburgh for outfielder Brant Brown. Brown will mostly pinch hit and play the outfield, but might also start at first, should Derrek Lee struggle. Brown will provide a much needed left handed hitter of the bench. The trade ends all the speculation over any chance of bringing back Jeff Conine, who will accept a lucrative deal with Baltimore.

DePaoli, McNamara, and Frevola Promoted

The Marlins announced Wednesday they have promoted Lou DePaoli to Vice President of Sales, named Pat McNamara Director of Season and Group Sales and promoted Jim Frevola to Director of Marketing Partnerships.

Gonzalez Fractures Forearm

Shortstop Alex Gonzalez is recovering from a hairline fracture of his left forearm, which occurred while playing winter ball in Venezuela. Gonzalez returned to the United States and had a cast removed December 6 by Dr. George Caldwell. He will wear a removable splint over the next two weeks while undergoing daily exercises to strengthen his arm and forearm.

Medina Claimed by Braves

Rafael Medina was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. Medina was originally acquired with Derrek Lee in the Kevin Brown trade. He was a starter in the 1998 season before several injuries. Last season, he was frequently called up and sent back down to AAA.

Media Departments Restructured

John Henry continues to restructure the front office, promoting Colangelo to Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting and naming Eric M. Carrington Director of Media Relations.

Billingsley Claimed by Expos

Brent Billingsley was claimed off waivers by the Montreal Expos. The Marlins purchased the contracts of pitchers Scott Comer, Gary Knotts, and Brad Penny and Claudio Vargas, and infielder Pablo Ozuna. That fills up the team’s 40-man roster.

Orie Traded to Dodgers

Kevin Orie was traded to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. Mike Lowell emerged as the starting third baseman after a sucessful recover from cancer. That made Orie expendable and the Dodgers, fearing a free agency loss of Adrian Beltre, needed a third baseman.