Thursday, March 4, 2010
Manager Fredi Gonzalez repeated on Thursday what he's said for a while, [Jorge] Jimenez could make the club as the regular third baseman, if he surprises in Spring Training. The Rule 5 pickup, was obtained by the Marlins in December to complete the Matt Lindstrom trade to Houston.I do not wish to equate Jimenez with Emilio Bonifacio, but this is how we ended up with Emilio Bonifacio as the starting third-baseman for 82 games last year.
If Jimenez shows he can hit, and no winner emerges in the first base competition between Logan Morrison and Gaby Sanchez, the Marlins may use another option. In that scenario, Cantu would flip back to first base, and Jimenez could go to third.
"Who knows, Jimenez might win the job, we have that kind of flexibility," Gonzalez said. "Let's not put it out of the realm of possibility. If he plays well, we could put him at third and Jorge at first. It fits."
I'm not the only person noticing this, right?