LAKE BUENA VISTA -- Though nothing is set in stone, there is a growing likelihood the Marlins will end up moving its scheduled HOME series against Seattle next June to....Seattle. That's right. The Marlins could end up hosting the Mariners at Safeco Field due to a conflict with a U2 concert at Sun Life Stadium around the same time.
Here's the deal: the two teams are scheduled for a 3-game interleague series in South Florida on June 24-26. But organizers for the U2 concert on June 29 need that time -- and the stadium -- to prepare for the show. The Marlins could play the series in Puerto Rico, as they did last season with the Mets. But that would put a hardship on the Mariners, who are scheduled to open a 3-game home series against the Braves in Seattle on June 27. Vancouver was examined as a neutral site possibility but then dismissed.
So Seattle -- home of the Mariners -- could become the Marlins' home away from home. Doing so would also make travel sense for the Marlins, who face the A's in Oakland and Rangers in Texas after taking on the Mariners.
WINTER MEETINGS: It's Day 2 of the winter meetings and all is quiet -- as expected -- with the Marlins, who are very likely to leave here on Thursday with nothing more than a Rule 5 draft pick. The Marlins, who did most of their roster work before the meetings, are looking for an inexpensive lefty bullpen arm and lefty bat for the bench, but can wait on those decisions until after the first of the year. Because the Marlins are interested to see if John Baker can fill the bench role, they'll likely wait on firming up that roster spot until late in spring training. Finding another lefty bullpen arm, therefore, becomes a more immediate concern, though most of the southpaw relievers that are affordable for the Marlins tend to be ones coming off injuries or poor seasons.