The Marlins are more optimistic about signing their first-round draft pick, Colin Moran, than they are their third-rounder, Ben Deluzio.
The deadline to sign draft picks is 5 p.m. Friday, and if it goes down to the wire, it wouldn’t be the first time. The Marlins signed last year’s first-round pick, pitcher Andrew Heaney, at the last minute.
Moran, a third baseman out of the University of North Carolina, has been offered the recommended slot money for the sixth overall pick: $3.52 million. The belief is that the Marlins and Moran will come to terms before the deadline.
The feeling is less certain about Deluzio, a middle infielder from First Academy in Orlando. While the Marlins have offered Deluzio the recommended slot figure for the 80th overall pick — $681,000 — he is reportedly leaning toward attending Florida State.
Now that Ricky Nolasco is off the books, the player now being paid the most money by the Marlins is ... Heath Bell.
When the Marlins traded the embattled closer to Arizona last October, they agreed to pick up $8 million of the $20 million still owed to Bell over the final two years of the deal: $4 million this season and $4 million in 2014, according to Cot’s Baseball Contracts.
The highest-paid player remaining on the Marlins’ roster: Placido Polanco at $2.75 million. That figure is lower than the league average salary of $3.2 million in 2012.
Not surprising, teams are showing interest in outfielder Justin Ruggiano.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, both the Yankees and Rangers are interested in Ruggiano as a right-handed bat with some pop. Ruggiano has hit all 12 of his home runs this season on the road.
Other Marlins who could be traded before the July 31 deadline: relievers Chad Qualls and Ryan Webb, and left-handed pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs. Qualls and Dobbs are eligible for free agency after the season, and Webb and Ruggiano will be eligible for pay increases through salary arbitration.
Chris Coghlan could receive medical clearance to resume baseball activities after he returns to Texas on Thursday to see his back specialist.
Coghlan has been on the disabled list since June 9 with right calf nerve irritation.
• Though nothing has been finalized, manager Mike Redmond said that when the Marlins return from the All-Star break, they will likely position Jose Fernandez at the back end of the rotation to buy him a few more days of rest.
• Tuesday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Julio Teheran (6-4, 3.23), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Wednesday: Marlins RHP Jacob Turner (2-1, 2.30) vs. Braves LHP Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.81), 12:40 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Scouting report: Alvarez returns for the first time since making his season debut last week in Atlanta. After a bumpy first inning, Alvarez settled down to complete five innings, allowing three runs on five hits.