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The spotlight is off Matt Dominguez

   JUPITER -- A year ago, Matt Dominguez was the biggest spring training story going for the Marlins, battling to win the job at third base and an Opening Day roster spot. He didn't succeed. Now, Dominguez is just one of the 60-something players squeezed inside the cramped clubhouse, a largely overlooked figure on a team that -- all of a sudden -- has its share of luminaries.

   "A little different feeling from last year to this year," Dominguez acknowledged.

   More like, quite a bit different.

   When the Marlins signed shortstop Jose Reyes and moved Hanley Ramirez to third, that took care of that as far as Dominguez was concerned. There's no place for him to go except Triple A New Orleans. Not that it is the end of the world for Dominguez, the former first-round pick. He's only 22.

    "Everybody knows how good Reyes and Hanley are," Dominguez said. "That's a great left side of the infield."

    Dominguez just wishes he was included in it, or even in contention for a job. That's not the case.

    "Last year I was competing for a job," he said. "Of course, it's different. Everybody wants to play in the big leagues. I'm not trying to play Triple A my whole career."

    Dominguez's future with the Marlins is now one gigantic question mark. Ramirez is signed through 2014, so unless the Marlins trade him, Dominguez's path to the Marlins is blocked for several years to come. He could end up becoming a trade piece himself, but must first prove that he's not just a good glove guy. 

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Stan M

Can he play 2nd Base? There should be an opening there in a year or two. If not, he'll soon be gone.

Fed Up

Another first-round bust from Larry Beinfest. How is he employed? Boo this man! FIRE THIS BUM!

Schwartz

The schvartza from Haaaarvard is in charge of the draft now.Has been for several yrs now. His claim to fame was drafting Crawford and Upton when he was with Tampa.Big effin deal.

shaniqua washington

what's a schvartza?

Michael A.R.

@Fed Up - This isn't football! The MLB draft has over 50 rounds and drafting 18-year old kids is not an exact science. For every purported 1st round "bust" there are later round gems like Stanton, Morrison, Sanchez, Johnson. And then you factor in international free agents. It's time for you to get out of the football mentality and learn some baseball!

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