Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez originally said he’d announce the team’s Opening Day starter and entire rotation on Tuesday, but then changed his mind. Both Joe Capozzi and Joe Frisaro wonder whether that’s because the Marlins may yet acquire a starter. Frisaro implies that first baseman Mike Jacobs could be a trade candidate.
The free agent market offers Jeff Weaver and David Wells, neither of whom are more deserving than Mark Hendrickson for an Opening Day nod.
Otherwise, potentially available starters include Kyle Snyder, Kei Igawa, Dave Bush, Claudio Vargas, Jason Marquis, Daniel Cabrera, Matt Morris, Woody Williams, Matt Belisle, Justin Germano, Anthony Reyes, Cliff Lee, Jeremy Sowers, Aaron Laffey, and Gustavo Chacin. The more expensive guys seem less likely for Florida. And a few listed here may yet snag fifth starter gigs for their current teams.