Looks like the Marlins will have little to show for the Matt Lindstrom trade with Houston. The Marlins on Sunday offered Rule 5 pick Jorge Jimenez -- the key acquisition in that winter meetings deal -- back to his original team, the Boston Red Sox. The Marlins also must pay $25,000 to the Red Sox
Jimenez, a third baseman, went 3 for 18 this spring for the Marlins and, obviously, didn't charm the front office, at least enough to keep him on the roster all season. The only other players the Marlins obtained from the Astros in exchange for Lindstrom were a couple of A ball players, right-handed pitcher Robert Bono and shortstop Luis Bryan.
Lindstrom would have cost the Marlins a bit for a setup bullpen arm. The Astros are paying him $1.625 million.
-- Brian Barden is starting in left field today for the Marlins, which could be an ominous sign for Brett Carroll. The Marlins think highly of the multi-dimensional Barden, enough so that there's a good chance he'll be on the Opening Day roster. By having Barden and Emilio Bonifacio as potential backup outfielders, there's less need to keep Carroll on the roster as a fourth outfielder. Though he is primarily an infielder, not to mention a gifted shortstop defensively, Barden played 13 games in the outfield last season for Memphis, the Cardinals' Triple A affiliate.
-- Catcher John Baker and third base coach Joe Espada are sick and stayed home today.
-- Gaby Sanchez continues to impress with the bat and make a strong case for the first baseman's job. Sanchez went 2 for 4 on Saturday to raise his average to .387, and also hit his first home run this spring.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said that, given enough at bats, Sanchez could hit 15 to 20 home runs.
-- Andrew Miller and Clay Hensley will pitch in an intrasquad game Monday morning. The rest of the Marlins have the day off.