PORT CHARLOTTE -- The Marlins resolved one roster issue, outrighting Sean West to Triple A New Orleans after the left-hander cleared waivers. No other teams bit on the lefty, who was out of minor-league options.
Apparently, they saw the same thing the Marlins did when West, in his one and only outing of the spring, gave up three runs, allowing four hits, issuing four walks and hitting a batter in only 1 2/3 innings. Of the five pitchers selected by the Marlins in the first round of the 2005 draft, West is the only one still with the organization.
West was bidding to win a roster spot as a long reliever. But the Marlins have decided, obviously, to look elsewhere.
Asked about West on Monday when the Marlins were in Fort Myers, pitching coach Randy St. Claire said "You can see that he's searching. That's just a confidence issue. You don't see Mark Buehrle out there searching for answers. When you see him struggling, you kind of see that look, and just the pacing around on the mound and the dropping of the head. There's just little things that tells me he's not feeling real good out there, whatever it may be."