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Marlins like lefty Stanton and vice versa


By Juan C. Rodriguez

Staff Writer

Posted July 11 2005



MIAMI GARDENS ? The Yankees have until today to trade or release designated left-hander Mike Stanton. Afforded the chance to become a free agent, Stanton said he would entertain a Marlins offer.


"It looks like they could use some help in the bullpen," Stanton said. "They're definitely a team I'd consider. I don't think it will take very long [to sign]."


The Marlins aren't the only team hoping to get in Stanton's ear should he become available. The Nationals, Braves, Cardinals and Astros also are in the mix. A Houston native, Stanton still has a home in that area. In addition, he played for the Braves from 1989-95.


"Obviously, the team has to show interest in me also," said Stanton, who will receive the prorated share of the $316,000 league minimum from his new club. "It's not just up to me. We'll have to wait until whenever we can talk to teams openly and see what develops."


Excluding starters Al Leiter and Scott Olsen, who each have one relief outing, the Marlins have used four left-handed relievers. Their combined ERA: 6.29 with a .286 (16 for 56) average against left-handed hitters. Valerio De Los Santos, the lone lefty in the Marlins' bullpen, has held lefty swingers to a .150 average (3 for 20).


Stanton, 38, was 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA when the Yankees designated him for assignment. But he won't have trouble finding work. Left-handed hitters were 6 for 34 (.176) with two doubles and a .470 on-base plus slugging percentage off him.



Well at least he looks like a bonafide lefty specialist, that would probably be his role with the Marlins... because apparently he doesn't fare to well against righties.

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