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Miami Marlins News: Marlins option Nicolino to Triple-AAA

The Marlins have optioned pitcher Justin Nicolino to Triple-AAA due to his recent lackluster work, earning a 2-4 record with a 6.44 ERA in seven starts this season. Plus notes on Don Mattingly, Kyle Barraclough, and more.

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Marlins News:

The Marlins have optioned right-hander Justin Nicolino to Triple-AAA New Orleans because of his poor performance as of late, throwing for a 6.44 ERA over seven starts and failing to win a start since May 3. Righty Paul Clemens was called up to start in his place Monday night.

Read Sunday's game recaps: Fish StripesPurple Row (Rockies), Sun SentinelMiami HeraldDenver PostReutersMLB.comESPN.

Clemens will make his first MLB start since 2013 on Monday.

Reliever Kyle Barraclough looks set to create a strange piece of history, which is leading the National League in both walk and strikeout rates. Only Carlos Marmol in 2010 has hit this mark before.

Don Mattingly told reporters he is "looking to avoid complacency from young Marlins." While the Marlins are above .500 and in pursuit of the playoffs, Mattingly definitely has the right mindset.

Around the League:

Over the weekend, the Red Sox attempted to end the Rusney Castillo saga, by placing the 28-year-old Cuban slugger on waivers. Castillo, who has spent most of his time in Triple-AAA due to his level of play and depth at the major league level in the outfield has hit a mere .250/.250/.375 slash line with a .1 WAR in nine games with Boston.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that the number three overall pick in the Draft, Nick Anderson is close to signing with the Braves in a deal that will be worth around $4 million. Although a deal has seemingly been worked out, Heyman notes that Anderson will not sign until he finishes high school.

A possible Rays-Carl Crawford reunion could be in the works. After the Dodgers designated outfielder Carl Crawford for assignment on June 5, he cleared waivers and has not found a team since.

Could Miguel Sano make a permanent switch from the outfield to third base? Twins general manager Terry Ryan has told reporters he won't commit to having Sano return to right field until his left hamstring heals.