24 March 2011
In a shocking move this morning the Marlins sent top prospect Matt Dominguez down to Minor League camp. Dominguez came into spring training with the starting third baseman job his to lose, and while he proved that his defense was there his struggles from the plate did him in. He started this spring hot from the plate leading the team in homeruns, RBIs, and had a batting average over .300, but he has been in a big slump recently and has gone 8-42 (.190 average) from the plate with a .292 on base percentage.
Edwin Rodriguez has come out saying that Omar Infate will not be moving from 2nd to short (although that maybe the best move), but rather right now he plans to platoon Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy at third base. The Marlins may look to trade for another 3rd baseman, but at this point unless another teams prospect is in limbo between the minors and the majors, the asking price will be relatively high. It should also be noted that Bonifacio is an option to fill in for Chris Coghlan, if he can't start the season with the Marlins.
The Marlins also sent Josh Kroeger, Frank Mata, Joe Thurston and Ruben Gotay down to Minor league camp while outfeilder John Raynor was asked to be released. The Marlins roster is now down to 32, and will been to be cut down to 25 in the next week.
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