Chris Coghlan Rumors

Marlins Notes: Amezaga, Uggla, Coghlan

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro answered some questions from fans and discussed all things Marlins in his latest inbox piece

  • Though Florida non-tendered Alfredo Amezaga earlier this month, "both sides have mutual interest" in seeing the utilityman back in the teal-and-black.  Amezaga played in just 27 games last season due to knee surgery, and was non-tendered since he likely would have earned an arbitration raise from his 2009 salary of $1.3MM.  If the Fish are hoping to sign Amezaga at a lower price, however, they'll have to make a better offer than the other 10 teams interested in Amezaga's services.
  • If Dan Uggla is traded, Frisaro thinks that it isn't automatic that Chris Coghlan would take over at second base.  Frisaro thinks the defensively-superior Emilio Bonifacio would be given a shot at playing second, though he notes that both Bonifacio and Coghlan combined couldn't make up Uggla's power numbers.
  • Frisaro shoots down any chance of the Marlins pursuing Erik Bedard, since even on a short-term and discounted contract, he's still out of the club's price range.
  • Moreso than finding a starter, Frisaro says that Florida's greater priority is signing an experienced reliever.

Rosenthal Discusses George Sherrill

Orioles closer George Sherrill sports a 2.51 ERA with 17 saves, and had been lights out recently until today's outing against the Red Sox.  The 32 year-old southpaw is under team control through 2011.  Since the Orioles are 10.5 games out of the wild card, it's only natural to expect a few trade rumors involving Sherrill.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports discusses the possibility of a deal in an article tonight.  His source speaks of talks with Florida that have "tiny legs" that "could grow given time."  The Marlins' closer, Matt Lindstrom, is currently on the shelf with an elbow sprain.  Rosenthal says the Fish would not be willing to part with Chris Coghlan for Sherrill, though the O's like the rookie.  The Orioles have a clear organizational need on the left side of the infield.

A trade of Sherrill is no sure thing, according to Rosenthal.  He speaks of Sherrill's stabilizing presence on the team's young pitching staff.  I imagine it would be easier for the Orioles to part with Danys Baez, especially with over $2.8MM remaining on his contract.