JUPITER -- A handful of Marlins on the 40-man roster now are out of options, meaning they can't be assigned to the minors without first clearing waivers. The ones most worthy of attention are outfielders Gorkys Hernandez and Justin Ruggiano, along with left-handed pitchers Wade LeBlanc and Mike Dunn.
(Outfielder Chris Coghlan, believe it or not, still has one option year remaining.)
It's a factor worth noting not only as roster decisions are being made during spring training, but also after the season starts.
-- Catcher Craig Tatum, a 29-year-old non-roster invitee, informed the Marlins he was retiring. The spring roster now stands at 73 players.
-- It's been weeks since the Marlins heard from former Dolphins quarterback Pat White, an indication he might not accept their invitation to minor-league camp, which starts soon. White was a standout in high school but -- save for four at bats in an instructional league contest -- has not played in an organized game since.