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Marlins Way: Preparing for Opening Day

April 1st is less than a week away, and the Marlins have started their final cuts of the spring. While there are some discussion among fans as to who should be cut, everyone agrees it’s time to get excited for Opening Day.

The cuts made yesterday weren’t as noteworthy as Jabob Turner’s assignment to AAA, but provided some real roster impact. After assigning Dan Jennings to AAA and reassigning Zach Phillips to minor league camp, Mike Dunn is the only lefty remaining in the bullpen.

Along with the bullpen coming together, manager Mike Redmond officially announced the starting rotation as: Ricky Nolasco, Nathan Eovaldi, Wade LeBlanc, Henderson Alvarez and Kevin Slowey. Redmond seemed as disappointed as everyone else addressing Turner’s recent assignment.

“We sent Turner down to get his command back,” Redmond said. “That was a tough one.”

A couple of important steps to the final 25-man roster were also made yesterday, after reassigning four position players, one of which was utility man Nick Green. In addition to the reassignments, Redmond then confirmed Casey Kotchman, Chad Qualls and Austin Kearns made the 25-man.

Additionally, the Marlins bullpen appears to be set. The bullpen will be composed of right handers Steve CishekJon RauchRyan Webb, John Maine and A.J. Ramos, and lefty Mike Dunn.

Matt Diaz joined the Marlins Monday, and should see action in the infield soon. Diaz is a noted Marlin-Killer, batting .360/.417/.608 against the fish in 196 PA.

Finally, in preparation for the slow crawl that will be Miami’s ticket sales this season, the Marlins are offering Opening Day tickets on the deal-of-the-day website, Groupon.

Whether you’re complaining about roster cuts from the stands or complaining about roster cuts from your computer screen, Opening Day should be an exciting day for complainers (and non-complainers) alike.

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