Tag:Ronny Paulino
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:43 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Catcher Buck close to Marlins deal

John Buck
The Marlins made finding a starting catcher one of their top offseason priorities, and it looks like they've quickly addressed that need. They are on the brink of a three-year deal with Blue Jays free agent John Buck, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has confirmed.

Florida got just a .226/.289/.338 line out of six catchers last season. Ronny Paulino, who played the most games (85), had his season end because of a failed drug test. His suspension extends into the first part of next season, and it sounds like he could be on the outs with the organization. The other three catchers the Marlins used most gave them nothing at the plate: Brad Davis (.204), Brett Hayes (.211) and John Baker (.213).

Buck, 30, was picked up off Kansas City's scrap heap last winter on a one-year contract and had an All-Star season, batting .281 with 20 homers and 66 RBI.

The Jays were afraid he would end up out of their price range, and traded Colorado for Miguel Olivo two weeks ago, though they promptly made the curious move of declining his $2.5 million 2011 option. We'll see whether the Jays start negotiating in earnest with Olivo at this point, because they need a veteran to help J.P. Arencibia break in next season.

UPDATE: The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the deal is worth $15-20 million. That's huge money for the Marlins, and huge money for a guy who batted .235 with an on-base percentage under .300 for six seasons prior to 2010. The Marlins certainly had a huge need at catcher, and Buck was one of the better options, but you can understand why the Jays bailed out on the bidding.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 11:40 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:35 am
 

R.I.P. Marlins: New wave arrives

RIP As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Now: the oft-maligned Florid Marlins.

The Marlins were slapped on the wrist in the offseason for not spending enough money on major-league payroll, then had their financials leaked. Meanwhile, owner Jeffrey Loria walked Fredi Gonzalez right out of town and into the grateful arms of the Braves, and the team missed .500 by one game.

WHAT WENT WRONG

The Marlins had a gaping hole at catcher for much of the season. John Baker was on the verge of establishing himself as a permanent starting catcher, but his 2010 season was cut off as soon as it had began and he underwent Tommy John surgery. That left Ronny Paulino, good only against lefties, to play full time before angering the organization after testing positive for PEDs. That left the team with Brett Hayes and Brad Davis down the stretch.

For the last two seasons, the Marlins have been waiting on Cameron Maybin to break out. They'll have to wait some more, as Maybin hit just .234/.302/.361 in 322 plate appearances and Cody Ross got the bulk of playing time in center before he was sent to the Giants. Florida remains high on the 23-year-old, but at some point has to start producing.

Ricky Nolasco has been far, far better than his ERAs of the last two seasons might indicated. Nolasco shacked up respective ERAs of 5.06 and 4.51 in 2009 and 2010, but his xFIP tells a far different story at 3.28 and 3.55, respectively. Luck and poor defense abandoned Nolasco, however, so he remains a tantalizing pitcher who just needs breaks to go his way.

WHAT WENT RIGHT

Mike Stanton The Marlins introduced some intriguing prospects to the majors, the most interesting of all being Mike Stanton (pictured, right). At just 20, Stanton bashed 22 home runs in 396 PA along with 22 doubles, good enough for a .259/.326/.507 line. All he has to do is cut down on strikeouts, raise the batting average and he will be a once-in-a-generation stud. As it is, he's already a once-in-a-generation power hitter.

He's joined by Logan Morrison, a natural first baseman who is playing out of position in left for the moment. In 287 PA, LoMo hit .283/.390/.447 and gives the Fish an incredible 3-4 combo for years. First baseman Gaby Sanchez also impressed, albeit at the advanced age of 27.

Josh Johnson was a dominating pitcher and proved Florida made the right call in signing him to a four-year deal just before the regular season. Johnson had a pedestrian 11-8 record thanks to bad luck, but was absolutely stellar in other facets of the game. His 2.30 ERA, 3.15 xFIP and 186 punchouts in 183 1/3 innings makes the 26-year-old one of the best pitchers in the game.

HELP ON THE WAY

Florida has graduated most of its better prospects already in Sanchez, Stanton, Morrison, Scott Cousins and Alex Sanabia. However, there are still two top prospects that could make an impact as soon as 2011.

Matt Dominguez, despite not playing above Double-A, is a candidate to start at third base for Florida as early as 2011. While that may be an aggressive move, Dominguez is major-league ready with the fielding and his bat should eventually come around. First, the team needs to figure out who plays where between Dominguez, Dan Uggla, Morrison, Sanchez and Chris Coghlan.

Catcher Kyle Skipworth will eventually be the answer to Florida's catching issue. While he can't step in and contribute in that capacity in 2011, he could make his debut in advance of a 2012 job. Skipworth will spend most of the year in Double-A as a 21-year-old and needs to improve his contact skills. The power is there, all Skipworth needs is to string together a few more hits.

Dan Uggla EXPECTATIONS FOR 2011

The Marlins expect to contend, which is partly why owner Jeffrey Loria fired Fredi Gonzalez. What he didn't realize, however, was that the talent of the Marlins was pretty much of a .500 team. The club should be better next year with full seasons from Stanton and Morrison, but need to upgrade its rotation and find a capable catcher to make some noise.

SUGGESTIONS FOR 2011

The Marlins shouldn't rush Matt Dominguez to the majors. He deserves to see his bat develop more in a less strenuous setting. However, the team should plan around Dominguez' eventual promotion, even if that's not until 2012. In addition, Logan Morrison is too much of a liability on defense to stick in left field.

The club should stick Coghlan in left field with the intention of leaving him there for the next few years, or until either Scott Cousins or Isaac Galloway knock the door down. Morrison shifts to first base, with Sanchez being dangled as trade bait for either a catcher, top relief pitcher or a starter that can give Florida a deep rotation.

Dan Uggla (pictured above, right) is entering the final year of his arbitration, and the club would do well to sign him for three- to four years, although Uggla may be looking for a longer deal than that. If the Marlins can convince Uggla to take three or four years, they can go into 2012's rebranding as the Miami Marlins with a new stadium and have Uggla as a name to sell fans on. If not, Coghlan can shift to second and free agency or internal promotions used for a left fielder. Florida could also opt to trade Uggla this offseason, put Coghlan at second and package Uggla and Sanchez for a major upgrade. The latter scenario is unlikely, plus Uggla is needed by Florida if they hope to win over the next several years.

2011 PREDICTION

Florida will hang around the wild card chase and could even put a scare into a few teams down the stretch, but will ultimately fall short.

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-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 10:06 pm
 

Marlins on hunt for No. 1 catcher

Brad Davis The Marlins are dead-set on acquiring a No. 1 catcher in the offseason, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports .

John Baker has missed the majority of the year to injury and recently underwent Tommy John surgery. While Baker's agent said the catcher is "cautiously optimistic" about being ready for spring training, that's no sure thing. In addition, Ronny Paulino is in the doghouse after being suspended for 50 games (eight of which must be served at the beginning of 2011) and Florida is expected to look elsewhere before deciding whether or not to tender the arbitration-eligible Paulino a contract.

Yorvit Torrealba, Bengie Molina and John Buck will be considered for the opening, Jackson reports. Just don't bet on Victor Martinez joining the team -- both due to his subpar defense and large pricetag. Miguel Olivo, an ex-Marlin, could also be a possibility if Colorado doesn't pick up his option.

Other names that popped up were Jason Varitek, David Ross, Matt Treanor (another ex-Marlin) and Rod Barajas, but these players would only play part-time.

That leaves the No. 2 job to be won between Baker, Brad Davis (pictured) and Brett Hayes, with Paulino given the pink slip.

Another possibility to lead the Marlins is Ivan Rodriguez, who led Florida to the 2003 World Series. Although he is under contract with the Nationals for 2011, I-Rod has said he wants to finish his career in Florida, plus the Nats are suddenly deep in young catchers. The Nats and Marlins could link up in a trade, much like when Florida sent outfielder Josh Willingham north prior to the 2009 season.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 4:29 pm
 

Marlins add a catcher

Being a catcher for the Marlins is like being a drummer for Spinal Tap.

The latest future victim is Mike Rivera, who played with Milwaukee in 2009 and has also appeared with the Tigers, Padres and Brewers. Rivera, 35, has been signed and assigned to Triple-A New Orleans, the Miami Herald 's Clark Spencer writes .

Spencer also notes Marlins catcher John Baker will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday and will miss the 2011 season. The Marlins also have Ronny Paulino serving a 50-game suspension and lost Brett Hayes to a dislocated shoulder thanks to Nyjer Morgan on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 4:56 pm
 

Marlins reviewing drug-education program

Ronny Paulino The Marlins are far from pleased by Ronny Paulino's "dietary pills" triggering a positive test under the drug testing program. Marlins president David Samson said that he was extremely embarrassed by the incident, and says Paulino should have known better.

Despite the scathing indictment of the catcher, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald doesn't buy that Paulino's time with Florida has come to an end. For one, starting catcher John Baker is far from certain to be at full health for 2011 after missing much of the season with a right forearm strain.

Secondly, beyond Baker, there are no catchers capable of starting or even being a full-time backup catcher. Plus, getting behind former first-round pick Jeff Allison, who missed extensive time to drug abuse and not getting behind Paulino would be disingenuous.

Either way, the organization is displeased with the suspension. Since 2006, when the drug policy was instituted, 11 Marlins have been suspended out of 316 total, not an outrageous sum. But it's outrageous enough that owner Jeffrey Loria has ordered a top-to-bottom review of Florida's drug-education program, as Samson reports.

While admirable that Loria is committed to ridding the organization of the embarrassment of having a player testing positive, he won't be able to catch everyone. Some will simply take the risk to try to get ahead, while some players won't be educated, no matter how freely available you make information.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 10:29 pm
 

Marlins prez blasts Paulino

David Samson
Sounds like somebody is going to get grounded. Probably grounded and have his cell phone taken away.

Marlins president David Samson teed off on catcher Ronny Paulino on Friday, hours after it was announced that Paulino was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance.

Samson told the South Florida Sun Sentinel that he was "horifically embarrassed" and "extraordinarily disappointed" by the development.

Doesn't sound like he's buying the "oops, it must have been something in my diet pills" thing, either. He said even the lowest minor-leaguer is fully informed about the drug policy “in Spanish, Creole, French, English, Japanese…” to avoid banned substances.

It is "beyond all rational reason" that anyone could fail a drug test accidentally, Samson said after sending Paulino to bed without supper.

So, yeah, if anybody needs a cheap catcher this winter, give Samson a call. Sounds like he's got one available.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 20, 2010 4:31 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 4:32 pm
 

Marlins catcher gets 50-game suspension

Ronny Paulino
Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino has become the second major-leaguer this season to get a 50-game ban for using a performance-enhancing drug. Paulino says he took a diet drug and didn't know it contained a banned substance.

Drug suspensions are fairly common in the minor leagues, but are now rare in the majors. Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez got a 50-game ban in April, though he was already out with an injury.

Paulino has started 84 games behind the plate for the Marlins, batting .259. With John Baker out with an elbow injury and not expected back for another couple of weeks, rookies Brett Hayes and Brad Davis will be the Marlins' catchers for the time being.

Paulino issued a statement through the team:

“To control my weight this season, I used a dietary pill. Regretfully, I recently learned that the dietary pill contained a substance banned under Major League Baseball’s drug policy. I am ashamed and saddened for disappointing and distracting my family, my teammates, the entire Florida Marlins’ organization, and baseball fans. My heartfelt and most sincere apology.

“I accept full responsibility and all consequences for this mistake and therefore, choose not to challenge my suspension. I was irresponsible for failing to take all precautionary steps in confirming the approval of the dietary pill. Without a doubt, I have learned from my mistake.”

Because there are only 42 games left in the Marlins' season, the suspension will continue into the first part of next year.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 8, 2010 10:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:30 am
 

Stanton finishes 3 for 5


Marlins rookie Mike Stanton is known for his power, but he showed his speed in his big-league debut on Tuesday. Stanton had three hits, including two infield singles, the second of which came off Phillies closer Brad Lidge with two on and two outs and the Marlins down two in the ninth.

Stanton kept the Marlins alive with a grounder up the middle that hit Lidge's glove, fielded by Chase Utley who flipped it to Wilson Valdez to try to force Cody Ross at second, but Ross was called safe. It appeared second base umpire Brian Gorman missed the call, and it was ruled an infield single for Stanton, loading the bases for Ronny Paulino.

However, Paulino popped up to Utley to end the game and give Lidge his second save since returning to the Phillies a week ago and third overall.

Hanley Ramierez led off the inning with a single before Lidge got Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla to go down swinging and Ross walked to bring up Stanton.

Stanton went 3 for 5 in his debut with three singles and a strikeout. Stanton had 21 homers at Double-A Jacksonville and slugged .726.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans





 
 
 
 
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