29 March 2011
The Marlins opening day roster is all but set now with the Marlins making five roster moves today. The Marlins have decided to option RHP Burke Badenhop to Triple-A New Orleans, along with IF Ozzie Martinez and C Brad Davis. Also the Marlins optioned RHP Jhan Martinez to Double-A Jacksonville and reassigned OF Dewayne Wise to Minor League camp.
This means a couple of things for the Marlins, first of all the bullpen is now set. Brian Sanches, Edward Mujica, and Burke Badenhop were all fighting for the final two bullpen spots. Now with Badenhop in Triple-A it means that the Marlins bullpen will be Leo Nunez at the closer, Clay Hensley as the setup man, along with Brian Sanchez, Edward Mujica, Ryan Webb, and the lefty options will be Mike Dunn and Randy Choate. Neither Choate nor Mujica had great Spring Trainings, so hopefully they will be able to do better when the season starts. While Choate may have some slack if he gets off a poor start, the same will not be true for Mujica. If he continues his poor play into the regular season look for Badenhop to be right back up in the majors.
This also means the Marlins bench is all but set. The bench should be Wes Helms, Greg Dobbs, Emilio Bonifacio, Scott Cousins and Brett Hayes. Technically the Marlins have not made an official decision on who will be John Buck's backup, but with Brad Davis being optioned and John Baker still recovering from Tommy John surgery, the job is Brett Hayes' for now. Baker for now is the 26th man on the roster, but he should be placed on the DL and then play some games in the minors before joining the team.
Unfortunately Dewayne wise is just the odd man out when it comes to the numbers game for the Marlins. Wise has played well enough this spring to be on the Marlins roster, even despite his sprained left big toe. The problem for Wise can be look at as a result of Matt Dominguez not making the Marlins roster. Without Dominguez, the Marlins need to find a spot on their 40-man roster for not only Greg Dobbs, but also Donnie Murphy (who will be starting most of the time at 3rd base). So, to then try and make room for Wise on the 40-man roster as well was just to difficult. Personally, and I believe many in Marlins organization as well, would have preferred to have Wise be the 4th outfielder and have Scott Cousins play everyday in Triple-A. What makes it worse is the fact that Wise has an option to become a free agent if he does not make the major league roster, while the Marlins hope that he declines that option the chances of that happening are pretty slim. Wise has played to well this spring. As soon as he becomes a free agent he should be quickly picked up by another team looking for an upgrade and/or depth at their outfield position.
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