Rick VandenHurk was called up to start tonight’s game in San Diego. To make room, Andy Gonzalez was sent back to AAA.
Gaby Sanchez was the favorite to take over at first base but after a weak spring, he is heading to AAA. This likely means Jorge Cantu will move to first base and Emilio Bonifacio will take over third.
Paulino, 27, was traded to the Giants from Philadelphia for left-handed pitcher Jack Taschner Friday night prior to being traded to Florida. He was previously traded to the Phillies from Pittsburgh on December 10, 2008 in exchange for catcher Jason Jaramillo. He had spent his entire career with the Pirates, posting a career average of .278 (284×1021) with 49 doubles, 19 home runs and 128 RBI in 304 Major League games.
The Santo Domingo, DR native appeared in just 40 games with Pittsburgh last season while battling a right ankle sprain. For his career Paulino has thrown out 51 of 165 (24%) of runners attempting to steal. A right-handed hitter, he owns a career .355 (92×259) average against left-handed pitchers. Paulino was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 29, 1997.
I guess Mike Rabelo is still not good enough for the big leagues.
I guess throwing a no-hitter in Spring Training made the decision easier for Fredi Gonzalez.
As expected, Josh Johnson will take the second spot and Chris Volstad will pitch the third game. Either Anibal Sanchez or Andrew Miller will take the fourth spot with the other going to the bullpen until April 18th, when the Marlins will need a fifth starter. Continue reading “And Your Opening Day Starter is…”
Another day, another schedule change for the “final vote” on the new ballpark. This time the vote has been moved up from March 12th to March 4th for the City of Miami and March 5th for Miami-Dade County.
There’s really nothing else to add at this point because this process has become completely unpredictable. I suggest prayer as the only reliable way out of this mess.
Update: There is even talk of compromise.
Well all expected today to be a good day for Miami and the Marlins but all hell broke loose and now the City of Miami has postponed the vote until March.
It all began when Commissioner Marc Sarnoff decided to renegotiate the entire deal during the hearing. He primarily focused on cost overruns for building a garage, the City getting a bigger share of the naming rights and penalties related to future sale of the team or death of the owner. An upset David Samson offered to cap the garage at the City’s contribution (meaning no overruns) and then said that reopening the other issues would require reopening the entire package. I guess Commissioner Sarnoff didn’t think that impacting the team’s estimated costs would upset the entire financial equation.
Commission Chair Sanchez said it best:
”What’s alarming is that I am appalled at how we have handled this,” Sanchez said, criticizing Sarnoff for attempting to re-write the deal on the day of the vote.
You can share your thoughts with Commissioner Sarnoff here
Good news for Dan Uggla — has has prevailed in his arbitration hearing and was awarded $5.35MM, $900K more than the Marlins were offering.
After hearing that the Fish have no chance of signing Pudge Rodriguez, we are obviously not too surprised to find out that it’s all a ploy to convince the still-unsigned catcher to return at a huge discount. Pudge is looking for something around $5 millions while the Marlins could see an incentive-based $1 million deal.
The question is if Rodriguez’ is willing to accept a six-figure base salary and modest incentive package. The source said even though owner Jeffrey Loria is on board with a Rodriguez reunion, it would have to happen for around $1 million, including performance bonuses.
Total ballpark costs and funding.
The new ballpark will feature a large-scale animatronic marlin in a tank which will “jump” when the Fish hit a home run. It will be placed in the “Bermuda Triangle” area in center field. Above is the overview of the “Marlins Feature” from the ballpark agreements.
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