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Marlins say good bye to Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer was one of the Marlins most valuable weapons in the bullpen last season. Now, he's looking for a job. 

Dan Meyer The 28-year old left-hander was designated for assignment after Thursday night's 8-3 loss to the Braves. Jorge Sosa, a 31-year old journeyman right-hander from the Dominican Republic, will be coming up from Triple A New Orleans to replace him. It was the third move made by the Marlins to their bullpen in the last 48 hours, a clear sign management is looking to fix an area of major concern.

Meyer, who went 3-2 with a career-best 3.09 ERA last season in 71 appearances, just never seemed to find himself this season out of spring training. In his 12th appearance for the Marlins this season Thursday, he walked five batters and gave up two hits and three earned runs, raising his ERA to 10.80 on the season. He also gave up a run without recording an out Wednesday, but prior to that appeared to be turning things around after going on the disabled list. From May 16-23, in four outings, he hadn't given up an earned run.

But the Marlins, apparently, saw enough Thursday to throw in the towel. Now, Meyer must clear waivers before the Marlins can reclaim him outright. Otherwise, he'll be pitching somewhere else soon. That idea, the more likely scenario, nearly brought Meyer to tears as he hugged teammates and manager Fredi Gonzalez in the clubhouse after the game.

"I got a lot to figure out," Meyer said. "This is tough to swallow. But I have to be a man about it. I'm not helping this team, running myself out there every few days and trying to pitch. It's not so hard on me as much I have some life-long friends in this clubhouse. This is probably the best I've fit in. I love these guys. It's going to be hard not showing up here everyday."

Meyer said he couldn't put a finger on what exactly has gone wrong for him.

"I've been working with [pitching coach Randy St. Claire] since I've been back, just working on finishing, just working through, trying to carry it to the mound," Meyer said. "I felt like I had some pretty good outings. I felt great in Chicago for 1 2/3 innings. I couldn't have felt better. It's just amazing how five days ago I thought I was back and then go out tonight and your scrambling. It's like quicksand. The more trouble I get, the harder I'm trying, the deeper it gets. If I could say one thing about myself, my downfall is I care way too much."

"It's got to be something. I feel great now. I feel healthy. The stuff's there. Confidence wise, I've taken a little bit of a hit, since last year. It's a long hard road to the top, but a short fall to the bottom. For me, mentally, it's going to be tough. But it's not just mental. Mechanically, I'm not right either. I'm falling. I probably have more walks now than I did all of last year. It's probably something ridiculous. I mean, I walked a run in, which is absolutely embarrassing. That's just not right. I can't expect 24 guys to play hard for me when I'm out there just sinking. So, just got to keep plugging. 28 years old, be a man about it, nose back to the grind stone."

Sosa, who was 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA in seven starts for the Zephyrs this season, has plenty of major league experience. In eight big league seasons with the Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Mets and most recently the Nationals, he has a 42-50 record with a career 4.72 ERA.

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Good Ridance

You are toast Dan, now go find a job selling insurance. Thanks for the memories.

Mr. B

Good Riddance, you're a douche... Tough luck Dan, hopefully you'll regain your form and be back in the AL somewhere... I really have to wonder about this Randy St. Claire guy. Do we credit him with helping the starters become a little more consistent or is it just their talent? I say the latter. Do we blame him for the bullpen stinking up the joint and gettting Fredi fired or is it due to the cheap labor? I say 50/50.

K-Man

I think St. Claire is not good, our bullpen has not been this bad if I remember. I could be wrong.

seltzerman2

There must be younger pitchers to bring up. You know what you get with this vet. Why not keep trying young pitchers until you find the write one.

marlinsfan

sad to see him go. he seemed like a good guy to have in the clubhouse and did a great job in relief last year. best of luck to him and i hope he'll find success on another team.

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