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6 p.m. update: Marlins sign two relievers; Barkley, Shaq differ on Heat; UM recruiting and NFL draft

6 p.m. update:

### Looking for veteran bullpen depth, the Marlins signed former Cubs and Dodgers right-handed reliever Carlos Marmol, who has 117 career saves but also exasperated the Cubs and their fans with 28 blown saves and control problems before Chicago dealt him to the Dodgers last July.

Marmol, 31, saved 34 games in 2011 but also led baseball with 10 blown saves that year. He had 38 saves in 2010 and 20 in 2012 before losing his closer's job last season.

Between the Cubs and Dodgers, he finished last season with a 2-4 record, a 4.41 ERA, two saves and three blown saves. Most troublesome: He walked 40 (and allowed 40 hits) in 49 innings last year. He also struck out 59, but that didn't offset his control problems, which caused the Cubs to finally dump him.

Overall in his career, Marmol has a 3.46 ERA but has walked 385 in 563 innings.

The Marlins will pay Marmol $1.25 million for one season, according to our Clark Spencer.

When I think of Marmol, what initially comes to mind is Marlins TV analyst Tommy Hutton's angry but amusing rant about Marmol a couple years ago, when he started walking batters and Hutton vociferously questioned his acumen to be a closer.

But Marmol is a hard thrower, and with the Marlins, he would be a set-up man at best. Closer Steve Cishek ended last season with 29 consecutive saves, the longest ongoing streak in baseball.

 

The Marlins also signed Chaz Roe, who had been designated for assignment by Texas. Roe, 27, was the 32nd pick of the 2005 draft but hasn’t lived up to expectations and was suspended 50 games in 2012 after testing positive for an amphetamine.

In 22 innings for Arizona last year, he struck out 21, allowed 18 hits and 13 walks and had a 4.03 ERA. He had a 1.11 ERA in 25 minor league appearances last season.

### Charles Barkley has never hopped aboard the Heat bandwagon during this championship run, and he isn't about to start now. Barkley announced on a TNT conference call today that “Indiana is the best team in the NBA” and that “David West and Roy Hibbert owned” Miami, "beat them like a drum down low."

“If they get a healthy, motivated Andrew Bynum, they’re going to be very difficult to beat,” Barkley said. “If you look at the Heat, the wear and tear is starting to take its toll. It’s obviously taken its toll on Dwyane Wade. It’s starting to take its toll on LeBron. It’s tough to beat LeBron four times in a week.”

But Shaquille O’Neal countered: “Just because you have homecourt advantage doesn’t guarantee you’re going to win the championship. I lean toward a healthy, experienced Miami" in a likely Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Pacers.

And Kenny Smith added: “Indiana is the best regular season team [but] I can’t say they're the best team [overall]. In the last three years, no one in the Eastern Conference has beaten Miami in a series. There’s something about being able to close out the Big Three."

And Smith said: "Chris Bosh is the most underrated power forward in basketball because of what he does on the offensive end and creates so many mismatches.” (Bosh opens games at center, but Smith's point is understood.)

### Al Golden told WQAM’s Adam Kuperstein and Channing Crowder that he was nervous about Chad Thomas signing because Thomas told him he would direct message him at midnight Tuesday night/Wednesday morning and did not, causing Golden to worry that he might not pick UM.

“I didn’t hear from Chad, couldn’t get any sleep," Golden said. "Chad was joking about it with me [Wednesday] morning. Not so funny, my friend.”

### Golden told WQAM’s Joe Rose: “We would never drive past a local kid to fly out of state” to recruit, but that it’s difficult to fill some needs locally.

“There’s not a lot of tight ends down here, 250 pounds and can run like Clive Walford. So we had to go up to Atlanta to get Chris Herndon. Hopefully, we’ll find that kid down here next year. We will always [look] down here first to exhaust whatever position it is before going out of state."

### Golden said the one position where UM is still looking is offensive line, “maybe a junior college kid.”... Please see the last post for everything notable that Golden said yesterday.

### Though UM missed out on some elite local players, which certainly doesn’t sit well with them, blaming the UM staff for some of those would be short-sighted. For example, Plantation American Heritage’s Sony Michel cited the poor crowds at UM games as one reason that Georgia was more appealing. 

Homestead receiver Ermon Lane, who’s FSU-bound, told me UM did nothing wrong and that he simply wanted a new experience going to school out of town. If scheme was a factor in Travonte Valentine picking LSU –-- which one of his coaches believes was the case –-- then UM bears some responsibility there. But he also said he felt more of a bond with LSU players than UM players.

UM wanted FSU-bound Dalvin Cook, but if he had come here, would he have been content sharing carries with Duke Johnson and his high-school teammate Joseph Yearby?

Would UM like to keep more of the elite local kids, as it did with Chad Thomas this year, Stacy Coley last year and Duke Johnson the year before? Absolutely. But some kids simply want to leave home.

And with the momentum of a national title, FSU has made significant recruiting inroads here that UM needs to reverse with the elite kids who aren't adamant about leaving South Florida. For UM, winning more is the obvious first step toward achieving that.

### The Marlins, who have been looking for another reliever or two, today signed Chaz Roe, who had been designated for assignment by Texas. Roe, 27, was the 32nd pick of the 2005 draft but hasn’t lived up to expectations and was suspended 50 games in 2012 after testing positive for an amphetamine.

In 22 innings for Arizona last year, he struck out 21, allowed 18 hits and 13 walks and had a 4.03 ERA. He had a 1.11 ERA in 25 minor league appearances last season.

### Mel Kiper said he sees Louisville and former Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater being drafted as high as fourth to Cleveland.

“You see similarities between Donovan McNabb and Bridgewater,” Kiper said. “Bridgewater throws a good ball, makes good decisions. I like that he thinks pass first, run second. Come draft day, he may be a little underrated. He may be a guy you get at 4 or number 8.”

Kiper expects Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel to go first to Houston or third to Jacksonville. 

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