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Andino makes me nervous...I've only seen him play twice which I know isn't very much but both times he has played pretty poorly in the field. Made some real good plays but messes up the easy ones. Should be an interesting battle next spring training between Josh and Andino.(Of course I hope Alex comes back though)

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I would prefer the Marlins keep Lowell over Gonzalez, imo Lowell is better defensively although both are good and obviously has better offensive potential ...besides if he has another year like this you cant let him ago {i think he is signed only one more year after this) whereas with Alex will probably commnand 5-6 yr deal at 6 million a year not worth it imo

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I thought that Josh Wilson was the guy who had the edge... anyway good to know we've got the position covered. I still think they'll make Alex a fair offer... but it may hinge on whether they can unload more salary. (mainly Lowell's)


Wilson is nothing special. He'll never be an everyday player- just a utility guy.

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A-Gon said most pitchers were treating him diffrently at the plate this season and thats why he has been doing horribly...


Patience at the plate: Batting almost exclusively in the eight spot has its disadvantages. Alex Gonzalez knows the hardships of hitting in front of the pitcher.


Foremost, the shortstop isn't seeing many pitches thrown on the inside portion of the plate. In fact, he says, pitchers have worked him middle-away, meaning the middle half of the plate to the outside, all season long.

This season, Gonzalez has adjusted by hitting the ball more to the opposite field. A review of his hitting "spray chart" shows that, at Dolphins Stadium, he will slap about as many singles to right field as he does to left field.


Pitchers are more cautious going in on Gonzalez because, when they do, the shortstop has the power to go deep. Last year, Gonzalez connected on 23 home runs while driving in 79 runs, both highs for National League shortstops. But last year, Gonzalez's batting average was .232, and he had a .270 on-base percentage.


This year, Gonzalez has raised his average to .282 while his on-base percentage is .333.


When Gonzalez was a rookie in 1999, the year he represented the Marlins in the All-Star Game, he batted second and finished with a .277 average with 14 home runs and 59 RBIs.


The big dropoff this season is in power numbers, where he has only four home runs and 31 RBIs. All four of his homers, Gonzalez said, came on breaking pitches.


Before the season, the Marlins offered him a one-year contract, which he declined. The team will address players for the 2006 season after this season. There are indications the Marlins will talk after the season about getting the 28-year-old signed.


Gonzalez says the fact that he has his house in the Miami area, combined with the appeal of being part of a double play combination with Luis Castillo, is behind his desire to remain with the team that brought him up.




As taken from the Marlins news area about Vargas . . .

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