WASHINGTON -- The Marlins will open the season Monday with an on-field payroll of $31.6 million, the team’s lowest figure in five seasons and a sharp decline from last year’s $100 million roster.
Twenty of the team’s 25 players will be making $1 million or less. Ricky Nolasco, the Marlins’ Opening Day starter, is due to make $11.5 million, or more than a third of the team’s on-field total.
In addition, the Marlins will be paying a total of $4.5 million to seven players who are starting the season on the disabled list and $12.5 million to the Toronto Blue Jays and Arizona Diamondbacks as part of their trade agreements with those teams.
The last time the Marlins fielded a team with a lower payroll was 2008, when the figure was $21.8 million.
Plenty of moves
In finalizing their roster, the Marlins made so many roster moves Sunday that president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest listed them on a sheet of paper in order to keep them all straight.
The Marlins selected the contracts of seven players: outfielder Austin Kearns; first baseman Casey Kotchman; infielder Chris Valaika; starting pitchers Jose Fernandez and Kevin Slowey; and relievers Chad Qualls and John Maine.
Three players were placed on the 60-day disabled list: first baseman Logan Morrison, reliever Jose Ceda and outfielder Alfredo Silverio.
Four players were placed on the 15-day disabled list: starting pitchers Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez, first baseman Joe Mahoney and catcher Jeff Mathis.
Four players were designated for assignment: outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, third baseman Zach Cox, and relievers Scott Maine and Evan Reed.
“We’ve never seen anything like this in terms of selecting seven guys,” Beinfest said. “Not even close. We usually select a couple of guys. The number of DL is high.
“The number of designated for assignment is probably a record for what I’ve been involved with. And, in the last 72 hours, the number of different plans we’ve had with regards to pitching I think is up there, as well.”
Nolasco will not only be making his second career Opening Day start, he’ll also be doing it for a second time against the Nationals. Nolasco received the win when he faced Washington in the 2009 season opener.
As the Marlins’ new No. 1 starter, he’ll be tasked with facing the other team’s No. 1. On Monday, that will be Stephen Strasburg.
“Doesn’t matter who you’re facing — No. 1 or No. 5 — in the big leagues,” Nolasco said. “Every guy out there has a chance to help his team win.
“The mind-set is not going to change at all. Whoever I’m facing isn’t going to change my approach on what to do, get guys out.”
• Manager Mike Redmond announced his Opening Day lineup: 1. Juan Pierre, lf; 2. Chris Coghlan, cf; 3. Giancarlo Stanton, rf; 4. Placido Polanco, 3b; 5. Rob Brantly, c; 6. Donovan Solano, 2b; 7. Casey Kotchman, 1b; 8. Adeiny Hechavarria, ss; 9. Nolasco, p.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Nolasco (no record) at Washington Nationals RHP Strasburg (no record).
• Tuesday: No game.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Slowey (no record) at Washington Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez (no record).
• Scouting report: Nolasco has gone 11-5 against the Nationals in 20 career appearances, including 18 starts. At Nationals Park, Nolasco is 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in six lifetime starts. Strasburg will be facing the Marlins for the 10th time, most of any opponent. Strasburg has gone 4-2 with a 3.17 ERA against the Marlins.