Marlins have “little to no interest” in Joe Saunders or Edwin Jackson, but do like Matt Garza

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Last month the Marlins were said to be looking at Joe Saunders to fill out their rotation and agent Scott Boras is still trying to find Edwin Jackson a lucrative new home, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that Miami “has little to no interest” in either free agent starter.

However, according to Frisaro the Marlins would like to add a veteran starter to the rotation alongside Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Anibal Sanchez, and Ricky Nolasco. He suggests Matt Garza as their ideal target, but it’s unclear if the Marlins are willing to pay the Cubs’ substantial asking price.

If they fail to make another move Chris Volstad is the current fifth starter, but there’s been speculation about him being trade bait all offseason and clearly the Marlins would be willing to part with the 25-year-old right-hander to make room for Garza or another high-profile veteran. Miami has thrown around money this offseason, but acquiring Garza would take prospects rather than cash and the Marlins’ farm system isn’t elite.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.