With Opening Day less than a week away, the Florida Marlins made some tough decisions Tuesday on which 25 players would stay on the major league roster.
Faced with a logjam in the infield, third baseman Dallas McPherson was released and first baseman Gabby Sanchez was recalled to Triple-A New Orleans. McPherson proved he belonged on a major league roster last season, leading the minors with 42 homers at Triple-A Albuquerque. The Marlins gave him a shot to showcase his talent during the month of March in the Grapefruit League, but it appears the Marlins had no plans of keeping him in South Florida. McPherson, who would have been paid 500,000, was competiting for a roster spot against the Southern League MVP Sanchez and newcomer Emilio
Bonifacio’s speed won that three person race for a spot Tuesday, with Sanchez being optioned down to the minors. The moves mostly likely will mean Bonifacio will start at third and possibly leadoff. Jorge Cantu will switch to first base after playing third last season. Also getting a start every third day will be Wes Helms.
The Marlins active roster currently sits with 26 players. One of those players, Robert Andino is out of club options and must pass the cut in order to stay with the Fish. What do you think will happen and your thoughts/concerns on the roster moves?