JUPITER -- The Marlins would prefer that Henderson Alvarez not pitch in the World Baseball Classic, but their request is apparently falling on deaf ears. Sources said Alvarez intends to represent Venezuela in the upcoming tournament.
The Marlins acquired Alvarez from the Blue Jays in their monster trade with Toronto and are counting on him for the starting rotation. According to sources, Alvarez was approached recently by manager Mike Redmond, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and a member of the front office, to express their concerns about his participation in the tournament, which starts next month.
But Alvarez is intent on representing his country.
As a compromise, the Marlins have asked that Alvarez pitch at Roger Dean Stadium on March 5 when the Marlins take on Venezuela in an exhibition. Whether Alvarez suits up for Miami or Venezuela doesn't matter to the Marlins.
The Marlins have no issues with closer Steve Cishek and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton taking part in the tournament. Cishek and Stanton are on Team USA.