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As Fishcrazy and Black and Teal reported in yesterday's Chum Bucket, the Marlins inked a deal with Mark Hendrickson.

Left-hander Mark Hendrickson signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract Wednesday that makes him one of the team's highest-paid players.


Hendrickson, 33, could fit into the back of the rotation behind right-hander Sergio Mitre and left-handers Scott Olsen and recently acquired Andrew Miller. The final spot could go to one of two right-handers, Rick VandenHurk or Ricky Nolasco.

Hendrickson is a soft tossing lefty who is always around the plate with the majority of the balls put into play being on the ground to the left-side.

Given the Marlins left-side defense, that isn't a recipe for success.  Or at least it hasn't been in the last couple of years since Mikey and Sea Bass have left the building.

If you click on the link and read Joe's article you will see I have taken some of what he wrote out of order, but it makes my point more clearly to do so.

The Hendrickson signing gets worse.

"Mark gives us another quality left-handed arm in our rotation and his experience and veteran leadership should benefit our clubhouse," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.


Hendrickson, whose deal includes an additional $500,000 in incentives based on the number of starts he makes, was 4-8 with a 5.21 ERA for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season. He appeared in a career-high 39 games, including 24 relief appearances.

He is being given a spot in the rotation until he proves past any doubt, he doesn't belong there.

Early on, that is less of concern since I doubt that Nolasco will be ready to open the season and Sanchez I can almost guarantee won't be.  But eventually the two will rejoin the club and the last thing we need is a below par starter, who the Rays gave up on and the Dodgers non-tendered, standing in the way of pitchers who actually have talent.  Should the Marlins want to keep him in the rotation when the two are ready, that means that two of the following: VandenHurk, Miller, Nolasco, Sanchez are going down to the minors -- they need the innings.

And don't think for one second he won't be in the way.  When the front office gets something in their mind, it is not easily changed.  If you haven't guessed by now, I'm not a fan of the signing.

Hopefully, he will eventually end up in the pen and the starters with talent will be taking the mound at the start of the games.

In other news:

...the Marlins signed left-handed pitcher Randy Williams to a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league camp, and infield prospect Gaby Sanchez also will be invited to Spring Training.


Williams, 32, spent last year in the Rangers' Minor League system. He has 38 games of Major League experience, all in relief, posting a 3-1 mark with a 6.68 ERA in stints with Seattle (2004), San Diego (2005) and Colorado (2005).

Sanchez, 24, was the Marlins' fourth-round Draft pick out of the University of Miami in 2005. A catcher in college, he has played mostly first base in the Minor Leagues, coming off a season in which he batted .279 with nine home runs, 40 doubles and 70 RBIs in 133 games at Class A Jupiter.

Good luck Gaby.  And exactly how many left-handed pitchers do the Marlins think they need in the bullpen?