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Luis Gonzalez is still an option

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Unfortunately, Luis Gonzalez is still on the radar screen.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria doesn't always take time to help the front office recruit players, but he did this week with 40-year-old outfielder Luis Gonzalez.

Loria told Gonzalez, according to his agent, that the Marlins would love to sign him to provide leadership for the young team.

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria doesn't always take time to help the front office recruit players, but he did this week with 40-year-old outfielder Luis Gonzalez.

Loria told Gonzalez, according to his agent, that the Marlins would love to sign him to provide leadership for the young team.

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The Marlins have not made a financial offer to Gonzalez, who made $7.1 million in 2007. He isn't expecting to make that much in 2008, but it's unclear how much of a pay cut he would be willing to accept to play for Florida. With a current payroll of about $15 million, the Marlins might be willing to make Gonzalez the right offer.

I hope this isn't one of those situations where the front office gets something in their heads and they just won't let it go.

Gonzalez still has something to offer to the right team, but that team is not the Marlins.  I would rather have Jason Wood backing up Jacobs and Brett Carroll supporting Willingham than to see Gonzalez on the team.  With Wood we would also get the best relief pitcher in baseball (hey, it's Friday) and I'm very interested to see what Carroll can do over a season also he can play any outfield position.  But neither of those two would take at-bats away from a healthy Willingham or Jacobs, Gonzalez would.

As far as mentoring goes, while I do support having some veterans on the team, however in 2006 every position player rookie (i.e. most of the everyday players) came to Matt Treanor for advice.  And Matty is even older and wiser now.

Luis Gonzalez doesn't make sense for the Marlins.