After Busy Week, Marlins Take It Easy At Rule 5





FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA—Considering their activity earlier in the week, it's tough to fault the Marlins for petering out by the Rule 5 draft.

The Marlins committed $191 million in contracts to Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle during the Winter Meetings. They did nab one minor piece before departing Dallas. In the Triple-A phase, the Marlins selected outfielder Donnie Webb off the Indians' Double-A Akron roster.

Webb, the Indians' 10th-round pick in 2008 out of Oklahoma State, split time between Akron and Triple-A Columbus in 2011. Webb, 25, didn't perform especially well at either place, hitting a combined .205/.282/.280 in 293 at-bats.

"I'd seen him back in college," farm director Marty Scott said. "He plays a good center field and is a switch-hitter. We need a little depth at some places and center field is one of the holes . . . He can run a little bit, cover some ground, steal a base for you. If he gets on, he can make things happen."

Scott presided at the Rule 5 almost three months to the day the Marlins introduced him as their new farm director. Jim Fleming, who formerly oversaw player development and scouting, became a special assistant to president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Stan Meek now is in charge of the amateur scouting operation.

The Marlins had 60 players at a minicamp where Scott was able to evaluate, but otherwise he really hasn't seen much of the system. He did come aboard in time to catch the tail end of low Class A Greensboro's march to the South Atlantic League title.

"I knew coming in when Larry and (owner) Jeffrey (Loria) talked to me that it wasn't going to happen overnight," Scott said. "They were disappointed where the Marlins were on the list as far as ranking organizations, and coming in one year I don't think we're going to move up the ladder that much, but I like the young prospects we have and hopefully in a couple more drafts we can get there."

FISH BITES

• Greg Norton will not return as Triple-A New Orleans manager.

• The Marlins dealt reliever Burke Badenhop to the Rays for 24-year-old minor league catcher Jake Jefferies. A third-round pick out of UC Davis in 2008, Jeffries hit .235/.281/.333 in 204 at-bats with high Class A Charlotte last season.