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Posted on: December 14, 2010 7:39 pm
 

How can one crack Phillies rotation?

Poor Jarred Cosart.

A fast-rising prospect, Cosart spent 2010 with Class A and impressed. Just 20, Cosart figures to open 2011 with high-Class A and could see Double-A by year's end. With the inking of Cliff Lee, Cosart's suddenly concerned about just how the heck he's going to crack the rotation when he's ready, taking to Twitter to voice his concerns.

And Logan Morrison of the Marlins was all too willing to dispense real estate advice.

Cosart tweet

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 22, 2010 4:26 pm
Edited on: November 22, 2010 5:28 pm
 

Ozzie talks about being trade bait

Ozzie Guillen
Ozzie Guillen is in Miami, thinking about the fact that he might have ended up a resident of South Florida a few months ago.

In October, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf offered to let the manager-less Marlins hire Guillen away during the 2010 season -- in exchange for young power-hitting outfielder Mike Stanton. Reinsdorf later confirmed the story, but denied the player in question was Stanton (it might have been Logan Morrison).

Now, Guillen offers his thoughts on the situation through his blog, which is surprisingly coherent (he must have an editor). I don't know whether he was wearing this jaunty hat when he wrote it, but I prefer to think so.
"A lot of people have been asking me to talk about the trade rumors that were out there involving me, so I thought I would address it once and for all. I want to first say I don't know too much more about the rumors than anyone else. When I first heard of it, I felt very proud. It's always good to feel wanted. When you're a coach, you never think of your name being mentioned in a trade with some of the best future players in the game. At the same time, I felt very confused. Even though I've never considered myself untradeable like Michael Jordan, I never really thought the White Sox would consider trading me for anything. As far as I'm concerned, I am still proud to continue to work for the White Sox, and I will continue to do so with the same work ethic, attitude and passion I always have."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 4:03 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 4:05 pm
 

Top 3 in lineup already known for Florida

Ramirez Manager Edwin Rodriguez revealed Saturday that he already knows who will be the first three hitters in his lineup for 2011.

As Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reveals, Chris Coghlan will lead off, followed by new Marlin Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez (pictured).

Coghlan, who is expected to play center field (or possibly second or third base), is not a burner, but is still capable of keeing pitchers honest on the bases. He had 10 swiped bags in 91 games before suffering a season-ending injury. Coghlan struggled with a .335 OBP in 2010, but had a .390 mark the year prior and should settle in around a .380 OBP, more than capable enough for a leadoff man.

Infante, meanwhile, is slated to play second but could end up moved to third. It will be his first truly full season as a starter although he cracked 500 plate appearances twice in 2004 and 2010, when he was an All-Star with Atlanta and hit .321/.359/.416 in 506 PA. Infante's on-base percentage isn't exactly impressive (career .274/.319/.395 line) but has shown the last few seasons he can handle the stick and should hit for a bating average around .300. The No. 2 spot is general looked at to be filled with someone who has good contact skills, and that's Infante.

Then you have star shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who is one of the rare five-tool players in the game and can impact the game many different ways. Hitting Ramirez third is a no-brainer, as he's the best hitter on the team.

The rest of the lineup is unclear, although Rodriguez did say that power-hitter Mike Stanton should end up in the No. 5 or 6 spot. The club also has left fielder Logan Morrison, first baseman Gaby Sanchez and catcher John Buck in the fold, with one vacancy. Given the club's flexibility, that vacancy could be filled by either a center fielder, second baseman or third baseman, with Coghlan and Infante filling whichever spots are open.

Given Buck's power bat and pricey three-year, $18 million pact, he's likely to clean up. Assuming Stanton hits behind him, that likely leaves Morrison slotted in at the sixth spot. It's difficult to place Morrison in the No. 5 spot ahead of Stanton, but Rodriguez may want to break up the slew of right-handed batters starting with Infante and continuing through Buck. However, Stanton's power commands a spot near the top of the order, which will leave No. 6 for Morrison.

Behind Morrison figures to be first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who bats lefty. That leaves one vacant spot. If the Marlins opt to fill it internally, either Emilio Bonifacio -- who couldn't hit the broadside of a barn with a bat -- will fill in or prospect Matt Dominguez. Bonifacio is a switch-hitter, Dominguez bats right-handed.

Here's a projected Marlins lineup, plus their handedness:

Chris Coghlan, L
Omar Infante, R
Hanley Ramirez, R
John Buck, R
Mike Stanton, R
Logan Morrison, L
Gaby Sanchez, R
Vacant

-- Evan Brunell

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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.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here .

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 9:13 pm
 

Marlins may call up Dominguez for 2011

Matt Dominguez "Let's face it: Matt Dominguez's coming," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said, when addressing the team's offseason needs Sunday to the Palm Beach Post .

Dominguez was the club's first-round draft pick in 2007, going 12th overall.

On the face of it, saying that Dominguez could help the Marlins make the postseason in 2011 sounds ridiculous as the 21-year-old hit .252/.333/.411 in 577 plate appearances at the Double-A level.

However, Beinfest and the Marlins plan to focus more on pitching and defense after seeing the Fish commit 123 errors -- fifth in baseball, with Washington leading the way with 127 flubs. "There are a couple of teams playing on the West Coast [Sunday] that are probably playing for the post-season off their pitching and their defense,' he said, referring to the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres.

Dominguez is considered to have major-league ready defense and could already rank as one of the best third basemen in the game on D.

"If Matt Dominguez wants to push and he's ready to play in the big leagues, that's great," Beinfest said.

One slight problem. If Dominguez plays third, what happens to incumbent Chris Coghlan, who was the 2009 Rookie of the Year? If Coghlan moves back to left field, that would bump Logan Morrison out of left. Given Morrison is a natural first baseman who made some flubs in left, that's not a terrible idea -- except rookie Gaby Sanchez put together a strong season at first.

"We know Chris can play the outfield. If something happens in the off-season and we make some changes, we know he can go back out there,' Beinfest said.

How about second base, the position Coghlan played in the minors?

Possible, except for one problem: Dan Uggla, entering the final year of arbitration-eligibility, has that position locked up as one of the best power-hitting keystoners in the game's history.

"I know there's going to be a lot of intrigue with, 'What do you do with all these position players when Chris comes back?' I think it's a good thing. It's a good problem,' Beinfest said.

The penny-pinching Fish could opt to trade Uggla (pictured), shift Coghlan to second and call up Dominguez for third. However, despite the team being so far apart on contract extension talks with Uggla, the second baseman figures to return to town after a year in which the Marlins were reprimanded for not spending enough and seeing their team financials leaked out. In addition, the Marlins are gearing up for a new stadium in 2012, which should provide an infusion of dollars.

"Just the way he plays the game — the grit, the toughness that he brings to this team — is so vital, so important," Beinfest said of Uggla, while declining to talk about how contract talks have gone thus far. "He should be commended not so much for the 30 home runs, but for the way he plays the game."

Pitching also was a topic of discussion, with Beinfest noting that "there needs to be more depth. There needs to be more quality."

Pitching in front of the bullpen is largely settled, however. Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Chris Volstad are locked into rotation spots, leaving just the fifth starter's spot up for grabs. Given the incumbents are all right-handed, figure on the Marlins reviewing left-handed options on the market, such as Erik Bedard, Bruce Chen, Doug Davis, Jeff Francis and Hisanori Takahashi.

 

"I think that is quality starting pitching,' Beinfest said of the way the rotation is lining up. "That can be the type of starting pitching that can take you deep into October.'

 

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 7:54 pm
 

Morrison OK after being hit in face

X-rays were negative on Florida's Logan Morrison and he will accompany the team on its flight to Philadelphia on Sunday after he was hit in the face by a foul ball.

Morrison was on deck in the 10th inning when Emilio Bonifacio's foul hit him on the cheek bone under his left eye.

Adam Morrison "A couple of more inches this way it's the temple," Morrison told the Palm Beach Post . "A couple of more that way and it's the eye.

"It ended Juan Encarnacion's career. Definitely scary. Lucky, lucky. Very lucky."

Encarnacion was hit in the face when he played for the Cardinals in 2007 and ended his career. I was at that game and it was as scary a thing as I'd seen on a baseball field.

The Marlins felt the same on Sunday.

"That's as hard as I've ever seen anybody get hit int he face with a baseball," Dan Uggla said. "It cared me to death."

Morrison walked off the field under his own power and said he wanted to stay int eh game.

And not too soon afterward, the Marlins were celebrating. Scott Cousins pinch-hit for Morrison, and singled in the game-winning run. It was Cousins' first hit and he became the first player to record a walk-off on his first hit.

"You go from 'oh no, here's one of our hottest bats int he lineup going down,' to 'this nobody just hit a walk-off?'" Cousins said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 26, 2010 2:04 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Father of Morrison finally sees Logan play

Logan Morrison's Wednesday night certainly must have been memorable.

No, not because he went 3 for 5 and hit a triple or scored two runs, or because the Fish took down the Mets 5-4. Those are all very nice things, but they pale in comparison to his father seeing his son as a major-leaguer for the first time, as the Miami Herald reports.

"Am I going to be around long enough to see my son get his first big-league hit?" father Tom Morrison asked doctors when he learned he had incurable lung cancer, a product of being around parents who smoked, in addition to working with blast furnaces and serving in the Navy as the Florida Sun-Sentinel adds.

"My parents used to roll the windows up and smoke, so, you know, I had plenty of chances," Tom Morrison said. "You can't change it, just don't do it to your kid. You have to have a better life for your kid. That's the best thing I did."

He certainly did, spending hours throwing batting practice to the younger Morrison. That's why it killed the Marlins' rookie to hear his father asking immediately if he would live to see his son play when he learned about the cancer slowly killing him from the inside.

Tom suffered through much of the spring and summer in the hospital with the cancer spreading to his brain. He was unable to go see Morrison play for the Marlins' Triple-A affiliate, just a 30-minute drive from his home. He nearly died on two occasions, and was not allowed to fly to see Logan once he made the bigs.

The phenom rookie was called up on July 27 to begin his Marlins career and has hit .292/.382/.375 in 110 plate appearances after hitting .307/.427/.487 for Triple-A in 293 PA.

That made Wednesday the first time Tom saw his son, after gaining permission to go on a train ride to New York that took 29 hours. It's all worth it to the senior Morrison.

"It's just nice being able to sit in the park and watching him,'' Tom Morrison said. "It's probably the best recreation I have.''

Morrison spent much of the spring and summer in the hospital, and on two occasions nearly died. The cancer has spread to his brain. Perpetual fevers and the danger of dehydration precluded him sitting in the Zephyr Field stands for all of his son's games, even though Slidell is only a 30-minute drive from New Orleans.

Tom plans to train around to see his son with the remaining time he has. He'll be in attendance the last weekend of October to see Logan and the Marlins host the Pirates, where Morrison will likely play left field.

He'll do so with something in his possession Logan gave him Wednesday night after the game. You see, not only was Wednesday the first time Tom saw his son play, it was Logan's 23rd birthday.

Except, not only will Logan receive a gift, he will give one to his father. Logan has been carrying in his suitcase for a month the ball from his first big-league hit.

Turns out Tom Morrison will see his son's first major-league hit after all.
 
-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
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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