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Marlins telling teams that Leo Nunez is unavailable

Jul 31, 2011, 3:57 PM EDT

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3:57 p.m. EDT update: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Marlins have held on to Nunez, Infante and everyone else.


It looks like the Marlins weren’t kidding: they’re telling suitors that closer Leo Nunez won’t be traded prior to the 4 p.m. EDT deadline,’s Jon Paul Morosi reports.

The Marlins are expected to largely take a pass on the deadline as they try to gear up for a run when their new stadium opens next year.  Free-agent-to-be Omar Infante could be available, but the Marlins have resisted all inquiries on Nunez, Ricky Nolasco and Anibal Sanchez.

With a career 4.25 ERA and a 3.40 mark this year, Nunez is definitely a step down from the elite closers.  He also projects as one of the Marlins’ most expensive players next year, as his salary should jump from $3.65 million to at least $6 million in his final year of arbitration.  Still, the Marlins have decided to hold on, in part because they don’t feel they have anyone ready to replace him in the closer’s role.  Edward Mujica would likely take over for the short-term if the Marlins change their minds.

  1. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I don’t get the logic. With what are the Feesh planning to “gear up” – the injured reserves in the minor leagues? Chris Coghlan and his wonky knee? Josh Johnson and his chronically bad shoulder?

    I kinda knew, as the eighteen million dollar baby squatting behind the plate this season evolved into a mega-bust, that Scrooge McLoria would be next to impossible to coax into another substantial expenditure on players in the near future (to say the least). I think the Feesh’s recalcitrance at this deadline is symptomatic of our burned baby fleeing the fire.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Two things: How did Nolasco manage to give up 12 hits in 6.2 innings and only allow one run? Astounding. Also, what is up with Nolasco’s hair?

  3. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    As far as how he did it, you have to ask the Bravos who have clearly been studying the Feesh’ hitting strategy with RISP.

    As far as his hair, you’ll have to consult with Nikola Tesla.

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