JUPITER -- Mike Redmond is going with his projected Opening Day lineup this afternoon when the Marlins face the Detroit Tigers. It marks the first time this spring that Redmond is going with his "A" team, with only the addition of designated hitter Greg Dobbs distinguishing today's starting eight (Tom Koehler, not Jose Fernandez, is starting this afternoon) with the one he'll likely employ against the Colorado Rockies on March 31 in the season opener.
"I think it's important, more than anything, just to have guys be with the guys they're going to be out there with grinding throughout the year, to get them playing with each other as you quick as you can," Redmond said.
1. Rafael Furcal, 2b; 2. Christian Yelich, lf; 3. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 4. Garrett Jones, 1b; 5. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, c; 6. Marcell Ozuna, cf; 7. Casey McGehee, 3b; 8. Greg Dobbs, dh; 9. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss. Pitching: Tom Koehler.
Miguel Cabrera is in the lineup today for the Tigers:
Tigers: 1. Ian Kinsler, 2b; 2. Trevor Crowe, lf; 3. Miguel Cabrera, 1b; 4. Alex Avila, dh; 5. Austin Jackson, cf; 6. Tyler Collins, rf; 7. Nick Castellanos, 3b; 8. Bryan Holaday, c; 9. Hernan Perez, ss. Pitching: Rick Porcello.
The Marlins have also settled on the travel squad it will be taking to Panama for next weekend's two-game set against the New York Yankees.
Most prominent among Marlins heading down to Central America: Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Adeiny Hechavarria and Garrett Jones. Nathan Eovaldi and Brad Hand look to be the likely starters in the two games on March 15 and 16.
"I had some guys who really wanted to go," Redmond said, adding that Stanton and reliever A.J. Ramos were two who volunteered. "When guys say they want to go on that trip, you want to let them go. I'm sure some guys are disappointed they're not going."
Redmond said the staff tried to divide the roster because of the three Grapefruit League games the Marlins will be playing in Florida while the other half of the team is in Panama.
For those wondering, the Marlins had one of the lowest payrolls in baseball when John Henry owned the team for two years. In response to the weak contingent the Boston Red Sox sent to Jupiter on Thursday and the flap that ensued, Henry on Saturday took a not-so-subtle dig at the Marlins on Twitter by saying it's the Marlins who should apologize for their regular-season lineups.
Henry didn't exactly shell it out when he owned the Marlins. The Marlins ranked 29th of 30 teams in 2000 with an Opening Day payroll of $19.9 million and 27th of 30 teams in 2001 with a payroll of $35.7 million. One notable difference, however: MLB's revenue sharing plan as it currently exists didn't go into effect until 2002, the year Henry took over in Boston and Jeffrey Loria assumed control of the Marlins.