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Beinfest: Acquiring left-handers is priority


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ATLANTA -- Calling all southpaws.


The Marlins will be looking for a few good left-handers during the offseason to bolster a pitching staff that was noticeably one-sided in terms of performance.


``It is something that we're going to have to address this winter,'' said Admin Beinfest, president of baseball operations for the Marlins.


Collectively, the Marlins' left-handed pitchers -- starters and relievers -- rank last in the majors with a 5.98 ERA, more than a half-run higher than the next-worst team, the Pirates and their 5.31 lefty ERA.


The Marlins' cast of lefties was filled with disappointment.


Nate Robertson and Renyel Pinto were released when they failed to cut it. Dan Meyer and Taylor Tankersley ended the season in the minors. And Andrew Miller, who is out of options after the season, could be making his final appearance in a Marlins uniform when he takes the mound Wednesday in Atlanta. Miller is 1-4 with an ERA of 8.19.


Even Will Ohman, whom the Marlins acquired from Baltimore at the trading deadline and was largely successful when he was healthy, has missed a big chunk of September with a sore elbow. As a result, manager Edwin Rodriguez has had not a left-handed reliever at his disposal since Sept. 12. Ohman, a free agent after the season, is all there is.


Beinfest said he can live with a five-man rotation that doesn't include a southpaw, just as long as the right-handers can do the job against the juggernaut of lefty wall-busters -- Ryan Howard, Adam Dunn, Brian McCann and Jason Heyward -- who play in the National League East.


The Marlins could feature an all right-handed starting staff next season with Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez, Chris Volstad and perhaps Alex Sanabia, who has turned heads in the organization. Armed with an effective changeup, Sanabia has been tough on left-handers, who are hitting .204 against him.


But Beinfest said the bullpen is another story.


``Obviously, we have some work to do in the pen,'' Beinfest said.




If no fans show up for the Marlins' final home series, they still would avoid a last-place finish in the attendance standings, but not by much. The Oakland A's already have clinched last-place honors.


The A's, who closed the turnstile books on their 81-game home slate over the weekend, finished with a total attendance of 1,418,391. The Marlins are at 1,423,614 with four home games remaining against the Pirates.


The Marlins will receive a slight attendance bump Sunday when the team reveals the final tally on ticket sales that continued after Phillies ace Roy Halladay's perfect game.


More than 10,000 tickets have been sold as souvenirs since Halladay's historic performance in May and will count toward final attendance.





Well this tells us a few things.


One, the bullpen might be the focal point of the winter for the team. Two, Will Ohman may or may not return. Same with Andrew Miller. Three, Sanabia might be getting his shot to start the season in the rotation next year (or Hensley, if you go by those rumors).

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surprisingly vargas has had a pretty decent year this year for the M's



I was gonna say the same thing. I have a friend that lives in Washington state, and I sometimes would call him and we'd watch the M's games together (I love to hear Dave Neihaus call games, he's an old style baseball play-by-play guy) and I have seem Vargas put on several good outings this year, and wondered why we gave up on him so soon. We could have used him this year.

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Anyone have a list of available lefties? I still have a man crush on Ted Lilly, fwiw.



Left-handed starters

Erik Bedard (32) - $8MM mutual option

Doug Davis (35) - $6.5MM mutual option with a $1MM buyout

Jorge De La Rosa (30)

Jeff Francis (29) - $7MM club option

Cliff Lee (32)

Ted Lilly (35)

Jamie Moyer (48)

Andy Pettite (39)

Nate Robertson (33)

Dontrelle Willis (29)


Left-handed relievers

Brian Fuentes (35)

Joe Beimel (34)

Bruce Chen (34)

Randy Choate (35)

Scott Downs (35)

Pedro Feliciano (34)

Mark Hendrickson (37) - $1.2MM club option with a $200K buyout

Ron Mahay (40)

Will Ohman (32)

Darren Oliver (40) - $3.25MM club option with a $500K buyout, vests with 59 appearances

Dennys Reyes (34)

Arthur Rhodes (41)

J.C. Romero (35) - $4.5MM club option with a $250K buyout

Bobby Seay (33)

Hisanori Takahashi (36)

Matt Thornton (34) - $3MM club option with a $250K buyout



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Does Beinfest realize HE has the power to go out and acquire lefties yet?


And from that list, I see some people who would be nice to have and possibly within our budget if we give them a backloaded contract. Jorge De La Rosa is probably the person I would want most though as a SP (realistically). As for RPs, I wouldn't mind bringing Will Ohman back.

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Theres a few solid guys on that list we could def go after. The problem is we wont go after them because our FO is cheap. Well end up with Nate Robertson again or something like that. Maybe we could sign Moyer so we dont have to face him. Bedard, Lilly and De La Rosa are all guys to consider but who am I kidding? We arent going after any of those guys. Well just throw a bunch of crap at the wall next season and hope everything breaks our way in the rotation (ie JJ can actually throw well at the end of the year, Anibal wont get hurt and will duplicate this years performance, Sanabia isnt Vargas, and Volstad can keep his ERA away from 5.) One GOOD starting lefty could make this team viable NEXT YEAR, but I dont see us making the move.

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