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Florida Marlins Centerfielder and Closer

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This morning's Miami Herald has a nice update on the glaring holes in the Marlin's roster - centerfielder and closer.  Marlin's GM Larry Beinfest is quoted expressing his confidence in NRI Alex Sanchez's ability to win the CF job

He's had a lot of success in the big leagues. We like his speed. He can bunt. He can do a lot of things that put pressure on people.

I saw Sanchez run past some fly balls when he was with the Giants so color me unconvinced.

The article also mentions the Giants wanted Fives-Years-Under-Control LHR Taylor Tankersley in exchange for $7MM free-agent-to-be Armando Benitez - a plyer who doesn't want to be in San Fran and who the fans dislike.  When I get offers similar to this in fantasy baseball, I interpret them as a signal the other team doesn't want to trade.  yet, the Giants clearly want to get rid of AB.  Go figure.

Beifest is also pleased with their bullpen-bolstering off-season moves - Kevin Gregg, Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom.  He sees Gregg as a 7th/8th inning guy, and the 8th inning is one step from the closer's role.

More interesting, though is this:

The Marlins await the return of...potential closer Carlos Martinez from elbow surgeries. ''Before the All-Star break is realistic for Martinez,'' Beinfest said.

(I drafted CMart last year for a $1.  Now I have to devote some energy to protecting him as a DL player.)

When Gregg was acquired I wrote that I liked him as a sleeper to close.  Fish Stripes has a poll up asking who his readers think will win the role.

What do you think (poll inside Comment)?

Poll

Who will close in Florida

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Taylor Tankersley
    (2 votes)
  • 16%
    Kevin Gregg
    (2 votes)
  • 16%
    Armando Benitez
    (2 votes)
  • 50%
    Someone Else
    (6 votes)
12 votes total Vote Now