Ozzie Guillen says he doesnt have any regrets. Same with Mark Buehrle.
Both Guillen and Buehrle signed four-year contracts with the Marlins, believing they were joining a team that would be a playoff contender for years to come. But, even in the wake of a shockingly poor season that is precipitating a big selloff of talent, neither is having second thoughts about his decision.
Do I regret I came here? Not at all, Guillen said. If I was the owner or general manager, I would do exactly the same thing theyre doing, no doubt.
Said Buehrle: Obviously this year didnt work out the way anybody wanted. I think they made some key trades to get some certain guys, and I think with what weve got coming in here next year well be all right. So Im not regretting anything.
Asked if he would be upset if the front office continues peeling off front-line players for high-end, but unseasoned, prospects, Buehrle replied: If theyre going to rebuild, theyre not going to keep a guy here whos making as much money as I am for the next couple of years. If it got to that point, I think they would try to get rid of me, too. But I think they did what they had to do.
After trading away Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and Randy Choate earlier in the week, the Marlins remained in talks with other teams as Tuesdays trade deadline draws near.
Josh Johnsons name continues to be mentioned prominently in trade rumors, and a half-dozen teams in need of starting pitching help have reportedly contacted the Marlins about him. But, barring a substantial return, the Marlins are not expected to trade the pitcher, who is attracting interest from the Rangers, Angels, Blue Jays, Orioles and Red Sox.
The Marlins will get their first look at one of their new acquisitions Saturday when Nate Eovaldi takes the mound. Eovaldi was the key piece the Marlins obtained from the Dodgers for Ramirez and Choate.
It was definitely a surprise to me, Eovaldi said of the trade.
... Its sad leaving the team you came up with, but Im happy for this new experience now.
The Marlins will add Eovaldi to the 25-man roster on Saturday. On Friday, the Marlins recalled infielder Donnie Murphy from Triple A New Orleans.
Reyes in No. 3 spot
With Giancarlo Stanton on the mend from knee surgery and Ramirez out of the picture, Guillen is having to get creative with the middle of his lineup. He put Jose Reyes in the No. 3 spot Friday for the first time this season.
I dont expect him to hit 30 or 40 home runs, Guillen said. I just want him, hopefully, to drive those guys in.
Reyes started 20 games in the No. 3 spot for the New York Mets in 2010 and hit only .207 with six RBI.
• Stanton jogged for the first time since the operation on Friday.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Nate Eovaldi (1-6, 4.15 ERA) vs. San Diego Padres RHP Ross Ohlendorf (3-0, 5.16), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (6-7, 4.14) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (7-11, 4.17), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Eovaldi will become just the sixth pitcher to start this season for the Marlins. The Marlins and Cincinnati Reds are the only teams in the majors that made it this far using the original five members of their rotations.