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Beinfest says few deals could happen

Marlins GM continues to seek center fielder, closer for '07

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

 

The Marlins would love to get another steal in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, like they did with Dan Uggla last year. (AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There have been no shortage of conversations, brainstorming sessions and meetings with other clubs. What hasn't happened yet for the Marlins is the completion of a deal.

It's not for lack of effort.

 

Assessing the trade landscape at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, general manager Admin Beinfest said a couple of ideas have lost steam.

 

"I'd have to say a couple of things fizzled," Beinfest said. "A couple of things are still fizzling -- not a lot of new stuff. I think something could happen, but it doesn't have to happen by [Thursday] to say it was a Winter Meetings deal. Sometimes you don't control the timing. We'll see, there are some things out there that we feel are realistic on our part. But we'll see."

 

Beinfest said the deal that fell through was "not a major deal by any means."

 

Some deals with more recognizable names remain in the works, but gauging if anything could come to fruition is unclear.

 

"We're working on stuff," Beinfest said. "People are constantly talking about different ideas, and that's what we're here to do."

 

The Marlins are in the market for a closer and a center fielder. They've expressed interest in Tampa Bay's Rocco Baldelli, but momentum on a possible trade for the speedy center fielder appears to be slowing down.

 

Luring in a closer with experience continues to be a challenge. According to a source, the club's budget allotment for the closer slot is $2 million.

 

Joe Borowski, who had 36 saves for the Marlins last season, agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Indians.

 

The Marlins had been in discussions with Borowski, and made some offers, but the Indians sweetened the pot for the veteran.

 

"We're happy for Joe," Beinfest said. "He did a really nice job for us."

 

Ideally, the Marlins want a closer with experience, but they haven't rule out going with internal options.

 

A trade made recently with the Mets brought in right-handed relievers Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens for lefties Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick.

 

According to a few scouts from other teams, Lindstrom and Owens have the makeup to handle closing. Ricky Nolasco, who opened 2006 in the bullpen before being inserted into the rotation, is regarded as a closer candidate if the team wants to shuffle the rotation.

 

Because of their budgetary constraints, the Marlins are not seeking any high-priced free agents.

 

 

 

 

The two highest-paid players for 2007 are expected to be Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera.

 

Willis and Cabrera, both arbitration-eligible, are expected to combine for salaries of about $12 million. Willis is looking at earning about $6.5 million after making $4.35 million in 2006.

 

This is Willis' second season of arbitration. Cabrera will be in arbitration for the first time. The three-time All-Star is expected to see his salary jump from $472,000 to the neighborhood of $5.5 million.

 

Four Marlins are arbitration-eligible, and they will have to be tendered a contract by Tuesday. The team will be tendering offers to Willis, Cabrera, catcher Miguel Olivo and reliever Kevin Gregg, obtained from the Angels.

 

The Marlins are floating around minor deals, and a source said one of those proposals would have had backup center fielder Eric Reed going to the Orioles for lefty-hitting left fielder Val Majewski. However, that possible trade was nixed.

 

In a stadium-related matter, MLB President Bob DuPuy has been in Miami meeting with Marlins officials and local leaders about a new stadium for the club.

 

The league is taking a more active role in the stadium push, urging the need for a retractable-roof stadium to secure the long-term stability of the franchise.

 

The club is not speaking publicly regarding the stadium.

 

What's encouraging is negotiations are ongoing with local leaders, and momentum is building to get a deal done.

 

The cities of Miami and Hialeah in Miami-Dade County, along with Pompano in Broward County, are the three locations being discussed.

 

The Winter Meetings will wrap up Thursday, shortly after the Rule 5 Draft in the morning. A year ago, the Marlins struck gold when they selected Dan Uggla, who became the first Rule 5 choice in big-league history to make the All-Star Game in the year he was picked.

 

A player to keep an eye on in the big-league phase of the draft is catcher Jesus Flores, who was left off the Mets' 40-man roster

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Beinfest says few deals could happen

Marlins GM continues to seek center fielder, closer for '07

By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com

 

The Marlins would love to get another steal in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft, like they did with Dan Uggla last year. (AP)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- There have been no shortage of conversations, brainstorming sessions and meetings with other clubs. What hasn't happened yet for the Marlins is the completion of a deal.

It's not for lack of effort.

 

Assessing the trade landscape at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, general manager Admin Beinfest said a couple of ideas have lost steam.

 

"I'd have to say a couple of things fizzled," Beinfest said. "A couple of things are still fizzling -- not a lot of new stuff. I think something could happen, but it doesn't have to happen by [Thursday] to say it was a Winter Meetings deal. Sometimes you don't control the timing. We'll see, there are some things out there that we feel are realistic on our part. But we'll see."

 

Beinfest said the deal that fell through was "not a major deal by any means."

 

Some deals with more recognizable names remain in the works, but gauging if anything could come to fruition is unclear.

 

"We're working on stuff," Beinfest said. "People are constantly talking about different ideas, and that's what we're here to do."

 

The Marlins are in the market for a closer and a center fielder. They've expressed interest in Tampa Bay's Rocco Baldelli, but momentum on a possible trade for the speedy center fielder appears to be slowing down.

 

Luring in a closer with experience continues to be a challenge. According to a source, the club's budget allotment for the closer slot is $2 million.

 

Joe Borowski, who had 36 saves for the Marlins last season, agreed to a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Indians.

 

The Marlins had been in discussions with Borowski, and made some offers, but the Indians sweetened the pot for the veteran.

 

"We're happy for Joe," Beinfest said. "He did a really nice job for us."

 

Ideally, the Marlins want a closer with experience, but they haven't rule out going with internal options.

 

A trade made recently with the Mets brought in right-handed relievers Matt Lindstrom and Henry Owens for lefties Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick.

 

According to a few scouts from other teams, Lindstrom and Owens have the makeup to handle closing. Ricky Nolasco, who opened 2006 in the bullpen before being inserted into the rotation, is regarded as a closer candidate if the team wants to shuffle the rotation.

 

Because of their budgetary constraints, the Marlins are not seeking any high-priced free agents.

 

 

 

 

The two highest-paid players for 2007 are expected to be Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera.

 

Willis and Cabrera, both arbitration-eligible, are expected to combine for salaries of about $12 million. Willis is looking at earning about $6.5 million after making $4.35 million in 2006.

 

This is Willis' second season of arbitration. Cabrera will be in arbitration for the first time. The three-time All-Star is expected to see his salary jump from $472,000 to the neighborhood of $5.5 million.

 

Four Marlins are arbitration-eligible, and they will have to be tendered a contract by Tuesday. The team will be tendering offers to Willis, Cabrera, catcher Miguel Olivo and reliever Kevin Gregg, obtained from the Angels.

 

The Marlins are floating around minor deals, and a source said one of those proposals would have had backup center fielder Eric Reed going to the Orioles for lefty-hitting left fielder Val Majewski. However, that possible trade was nixed.

 

In a stadium-related matter, MLB President Bob DuPuy has been in Miami meeting with Marlins officials and local leaders about a new stadium for the club.

 

The league is taking a more active role in the stadium push, urging the need for a retractable-roof stadium to secure the long-term stability of the franchise.

 

The club is not speaking publicly regarding the stadium.

 

What's encouraging is negotiations are ongoing with local leaders, and momentum is building to get a deal done.

 

The cities of Miami and Hialeah in Miami-Dade County, along with Pompano in Broward County, are the three locations being discussed.

 

The Winter Meetings will wrap up Thursday, shortly after the Rule 5 Draft in the morning. A year ago, the Marlins struck gold when they selected Dan Uggla, who became the first Rule 5 choice in big-league history to make the All-Star Game in the year he was picked.

 

A player to keep an eye on in the big-league phase of the draft is catcher Jesus Flores, who was left off the Mets' 40-man roster

MLB IS involved with the stadium negotiations contrary to what some people have expressed recently in this forum this is making a huge wave in the progression of this endeavor...Yea for Dupay!

BTW do we wanna really draft a catcher as our Rule V pick?

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