Tag:Chris Coghlan
Posted on: July 30, 2010 11:54 pm

What are the Marlins doing?

Larry Beinfest
It seems appropriate that as we head into trade deadline day, the Marlins are sitting at exactly .500. Because this team is solidly riding the fence -- with hours to go, president Larry Beinfest still doesn't seem to know whether he's a buyer or a seller.

Thursday they traded away Jorge Cantu. Early Friday, reports were that they are taking offers on Cody Ross. Then we hear d that Ross is off the table and was even before Chris Coghlan was hurt. Now MLB.com reports that the Marlins are "actively pursuing Major League-ready bullpen help" by the deadline to shore up for "a final stretch run."

So wait, now they're buyers preparing for a stretch run?

Even when Beinfest tries to clarify his position, it sounds like he doesn't really have one.

"We're not going to force anything," he told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday. "We've got our eye on this season, but also future seasons. You can see a lot of the parts now that are going to be big parts of this ballclub in the future. We want to make sure whatever we do has an eye to the future, but by no means do we want to shut down this season."

Uh, OK.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 27, 2010 9:48 am

Coghlan latest to suffer celebration injury

Chris Coghlan First jumping into home plate was baseball's greatest danger and now shaving cream pies will be decried as the scourge of the sport.

The Marlins' Chris Coghlan is the latest big leaguer to land on the disabled list with a celebration-related injury, a torn meniscus that could see him miss six to eight weeks. Coghlan suffered the injury trying to smash a shaving-cream pie in the face of Wes Helms, who had a walk-off single on Sunday.

"When Wes hit the walk-off, I went to pie him in the face," Coghlan told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. "When I jumped, I landed wrong on my knee. That's how I got injured."

There had been speculation the Marlins would move Jorge Cantu before the trade deadline, move Coghlan from the outfield to third base and call up prospect Logan Morrison. Cantu may still go, but Morrison is coming up now to replace Coghlan on the roster.

After Kendry Morales hurt himself jumping into home plate, we heard scores of people saying they knew it was dangerous and was only a matter of time before someone got hurt celebrating a big homer. Someone, somewhere, will say the same about this, as ridiculous as it is.

Even Coghlan is perpetuating that silliness -- "As players we need to be a little more aware," Coghlan said. "It's a game of emotions, and emotions get the best of you."

We'll forgive him, because he's looking at possible surgery, but still it's pretty ridiculous to think delivering a shaving-cream pie is any more dangerous than standing in front of a projectile thrown at 100 mph or running as fast as possible and throwing yourself to the ground or running full-speed into a wall. And here I thought the shaving-cream pie's greatest danger was that it was cliche.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 1:37 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2010 3:04 pm

Trade deadline seller: Florida Marlins

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Dan Uggla It's the time of the year where the Marlins get rid of future payroll considerations. The Marlins are only two games below .500 after their current three-game winning streak, but still trail three teams in the NL East and six teams in the wild-card race. Many other organizations may see this as a chance to make a move, but not the Marlins.

Record: 45-47, nine games out of the NL East, three behind third-place Philadelphia and three-and-a-half behind the second-place Mets. Six games back in the wild card.
President of Baseball Operations:  Larry Beinfest
Expectations: None. Really, how many people would notice if the Marlins moved from South Florida? If anything, the Marlins have more of an eye on 2012 when their new stadium opens.
Payroll status: The Marlins had an opening day payroll of more than $47 million, but just $18.75 million tied up in 2011.

What they have to offer

Dan Uggla (.277/.364/.467) is a free agent after the 2011 season, but the Marlins know they can get more for him now rather than next July. He's been mentioned as a match for the Rockies -- and he'd do great at Coors Field, but the Marlins may need to hang on to him…. he's no prize defensively, but he can flat rake.

It also makes financial sense for the Marlins to hold on to Uggla. The Marlins are the only team in the majors with a salary floor, because of an agreement they reached without the players union in January. Josh Johnson is slated to make $7.5 million in 2011 and with another chunk of money going to Uggla -- who is making $7.8 this season and is arbitration eligible -- the Marlins could satisfy their part of the agreement with the union without overpaying for a player on the free-agent market.

That could be bad news for not only the Rockies, but also the Tigers, Red Sox, Yankees, Rangers, Braves and Phillies, who have been rumored to have interest in Uggla. He will likely get dealt by the deadline -- next year's deadline.

So who may get dealt?

Jorge Cantu (.261/.311/.417) has cooled since his white-hot start to the season, but is still a proven RBI producer, Cantu has 53 RBI so far this season. He's played third and first base this year, but is a better fit for an American League team looking for help at the DH spot. A free agent after the season and owed the rest of his $6 million salary for 2010, he could be a bargain for teams -- like the Angels or White Sox -- not looking to spend what it takes for a guy like Adam Dunn or Derrek Lee. He'd also be a nice piece for the Yankees and could certainly provide some pop off the bench.

Wes Helms (.241/.296/.388) is an option for teams wanting some of what Cantu provides without the price tag. Helms is making less than $1 million this year and is a free agent after the season. He'd be a rental player, but it's cheap rent and won't upset a clubhouse or make anyone nervous about their future with the team. Like Cantu, he can play first, third or DH.

Cody Ross Cody Ross (.280/.332/.408) is one of the more attractive outfielders on the market. He's arbitration eligible at the end of the season and making just $4.45 million this year. He'll get a good raise for 2011. With Chris Coghlan, Cameron Maybin, Logan Morrison and Mike Stanton, the Marlins could part with the 29-year old Ross. The Red Sox and Yankees reportedly have had preliminary discussions with the Marlins about Ross. The Braves are also interested.

Leo Nunez (3-2, 2.79 ERA, 22 saves) is attractive to any team looking for relief pitching, which is basically any team that considers itself still in the race. Relief pitching is scarce and expensive near the deadline, which makes Nunez more valuable. He's making just $2 million this year and is arbitration eligible after the season.

Ricky Nolasco (9-7, 4.66) is under team control for two more seasons, which makes him attractive to both the Marlins and suitors. He's making $3.8 million this season and is eligible for arbitration. He's been decent, but should receive a budget-busting raise in the offseason. Some reports have said he's available and others say the Marlins want to keep him.

Nate Robertson (6-7, 5.10) is a free agent after the season, but he's very cheap for the Marlins, despite his $10 million pricetag for this season. The Tigers are paying $9.6 million of his salary.

What they want in return?

The Marlins feel pretty good about their future outfield, with Stanton, Maybin and Morrison and if Ross is moved, expect Coghlan to move to third base. Rookie first baseman Gabby Sanchez is playing well and the shortstop spot is more than ably handled, so the team will likely be looking for arms in return or maybe a catching prospect -- really, not that much different than what every team wants.

Uggla stays put and Helms is dealt to the Yankees. Cantu's name pops up a couple of places, but he's not moved. The asking price is too high for Ross and the team is stuck with him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

More trade deadline chatter -- Buyers: New York Yankees

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:10 pm

Maybin sent to Triple-A

While Mike Stanton will get a chance to play every day for the Marlins, Florida has made sure Cameron Maybin will get his chance to play every day as well -- in Triple-A New Orleans.

Maybin, 23, was optioned to New Orleans after Thursday night's loss to the Rangers.

Maybe hadn't played in eight games and was hitting just .225/.290/.341 in 51 games for the Marlins. He hit five home runs with 19 RBI.

"We're going to give Mike Stanton a chance to play, and Cody Ross is doing a great job, and [Chris] Coghlan is hot," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez told reporters, including MLB.com . "We knew this could happen when we brought Mike up, and we have to do what's best for Maybin."

Maybin was the Tigers' first-round choice in the 2005 draft and a key piece of the trade that sent Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to Detroit following the 2007 season.

Maybin made cameos in the big leagues in 2007 and 2008. Last season he hit .250/.318/.409 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 54 games.

The Marlins called up pinch-hitter Mike Lamb to take Maybin's roster spot.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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