Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said Josh Johnson (shoulder) remains on track to be ready for the beginning of spring training.
Johnson landed on the DL in mid-May due to shoulder inflammation and never made it back, though Beinfest indicated that JJ was close to returning late in the year if the team hadn't "ran out of time to get him into competitive situations." Added Beinfest, "Right now, we're anticipating him being ready to go at 100 percent in the spring. Again, you never know how things will go, but we're optimistic based on the way he finished up and the way he felt. It seemed like he's pushed through whatever was bothering him in the shoulder. He's gotten by that."
Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said reports on Hanley Ramirez's (shoulder) recovery have been "very good" and he anticipates the shortstop being ready for the start of spring training.
"The reports on Hanley are very good," Beinfest said. "He's here in Florida and working hard. We need to get him back on the field... We want him 100 percent for April. I think that was always the thought. We anticipate him being ready for Spring Training to go in April. We're going to work backwards from Opening Day and do everything we can to get him ready." Hanley is currently performing range-of-motion exercises, though it's not clear when he'll begin baseball-related activities. The Marlins currently have no plans to move him off of shortstop.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Mike Cameron intends to continue his playing career in 2012.
Cameron is coming off a terrible season where he batted just .203 over 237 at-bats for the Red Sox and Marlins. His year ended abruptly when he was let go by Florida reportedly after getting involved in a verbal altercation with a flight attendant on a team charter flight. But, the 38-year-old is generally viewed as a great teammate and wouldn't be a bad bench player for someone.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Javier Vazquez is "50-50" on whether he'll play in 2012.
Vazquez has hinted about the possibility of retirement, but he would consider continuing his career under the right circumstances. According to Rosenthal, he has a strong preference to remain on the East Coast in order to be closer in proximity to his family in Puerto Rico. The veteran right-hander is expected to make a decision on his future by December.
Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post speculates that Chris Coghlan will begin the 2012 season in the minors unless the Marlins trade him.
Coghlan won the NL Rookie of the Year in 2009, but has struggled ever since, spending the final three months of the 2011 season in the minor leagues. "It's been disappointing, really, the last two years," Marlins president Larry Beinfest said Tuesday. "We still see him coming back as an outfielder and in center field. He finished the year in the minor leagues which was disappointing for him and disappointing for us. He needs to re-establish himself healthy which we anticipate he will be with the knee or knees and come in and compete. We already know he can be an offensive force, a great left-handed hitter." The 27-year-old could win a roster spot as a utility man with an impressive showing during spring training, but the Marlins will likely attempt to sign a center fielder this winter.
Marlins president Larry Beinfest indicated Tuesday that he is optimistic Juan Carlos Oviedo's legal issues will be resolved in time for him to pitch in the majors next season.
Oviedo, formerly known as Leo Nunez, is currently working through legal issues in his native Dominican Republic after he admitted in September to faking his identity. "We're all hopeful he's going to be back here as Juan Carlos Oviedo and back in the country and issued a visa, then we can work on the business side of it," said Beinfest. The Marlins' closer is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter and is at risk of being non-tendered regardless of his legal difficulties.
The Marlins are hoping that 35-year-old righty Javier Vazquez will put off retirement another year.
Vazquez dazzled down the stretch, going 5-0 with a 0.71 ERA in September to even out a roller coaster season. He's hinted all year that he might retire in order to spend more time with his family in Puerto Rico, but perhaps the Marlins can sway his decision with a sizable offer. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post thinks a one-year, $10 million contract might get it done.