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Marlins outfield alignment remains up in the air

JUPITER -- With Marcell Ozuna slow to get going offensively this spring (he's gone 6 for 30), the Marlins could be looking at other alternatives when it comes to deciding on their Opening Day center fielder. One option: having Christian Yelich slide from left to center and use either Reed Johnson or Jeff Baker in left. Brian Bogusevic is another possibility.

Johnson is a non-roster player but has forced his way into the picture with a strong spring at the plate.

And then there is this interesting tidbit: down in Panama, where the Marlins are preparing to face the Yankees tonight, Yelich is starting in center while Jake Marisnick will be in left -- as opposed to the other way around. Hmm.

The Marlins have not yet crossed off Ozuna's name. Not yet. But if he doesn't start picking it up quickly, he could find himself starting the season in the minors.

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Flav C.

The thing about Ozuna this ST isn't the fact that he is not finding the hits or being victim of good defense by the opponent: he is really looking bad at the plate, leading the team in strike-outs.

Right now it looks like he is in need of extra 100-120 at bats to find his rhythm again. And I don't think trying to find this rhythm and extra at-bats at the major league level is a good idea.

Cleveland Spider

I agree. Ozuna needs to go to the Marlins. I thought that he would be the starting center fielder but right now he needs to get his head straight. He needs to find his groove again and you cannot do that at the Major League level. I still think that he is very talented and that he will be the starting center fielder of the future. These kids are all being brought to fast up to the major leagues because cheap skate Loria refuses to pay for quality major leaguers to allow the youngsters to develop.

If Marisnic keeps swinging the bat like he as then give him a shot in center. If not let one of the veterans stat until Ozuna gets his head straight. Ozuna needs at bats in the minor leagues.

Juan Yanes

Ozuna seem good in the right field, but play center field is another thing; until now his offensive power has dropped while in this position. Center field and shortstop required speed and sometimes it decrease the offensive power

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