MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 09: Exterior views of the New Miami Marlins Ballpark on December 9, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

2012 Marlins Spring Training: Miami Considers Vlad For The Bench

The 2012 Marlins Spring Training is underway with position battles to sort out and rosters to fill.

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Marlins Vs. Cardinals: Josh Johnson Starts Grapefruit League Play With A Win

The Miami Marlins started Grapefruit League play with a 4-3 win over their Jupiter, FL, neighbors, the St. Louis Cardinals.

Gregg Dobbs started the scoring when he took Cardinals starter Kyle Loshe deep in the top of the second inning. Dobbs got right back to it in the fourth inning, hitting a two-run double off right-hander Brandon Dickson. Gabby Sanchez sent Dobbs home later in that inning with a single to right field.

Josh Johnson made the start for the Marlins, working one and two-thirds innings. He allowed two hits and no runs, striking out two and walking one. Johnson earned the win for his efforts.

The Marlins used six more arms in the game before going to Dan Jennings for a two-out save. Chris Hatcher almost let the Cardinals back in the game, surrendering a two-run double to Matt Carpenter. The Cardinals added a third run when Jennings allowed a single to Steven Hill, but Hatcher was charged with the run.

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Miami Marlins Rumors: Fish Eyeing Vladimir Guerrero For Bench Role

MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that the Miami Marlins have been in contact with free agent Vladimir Guerrero about a possible bench role with the team.

The 37-year-old is coming off a 2011 season where he hit .290 with 13 HR and 63 RBI in 145 games as the designated hitter of the Baltimore Orioles.

Guerrero says that he is not crazy about a move back to the National League.

"The Marlins have shown interest in me, but to be on the bench or to pinch hit for the pitcher. Ozzie Guillen didn't like this, since he said I'm not that class of player," Guerrero said. Guerrero shares this hesitancy, adding, "I don't consider myself a bench player, in spite of my age."

Guerrero remains the top right-handed hitting free agent available besides Derrek Lee, and the Marlins are looking for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench to complement lefties Chris Coghlan and Greg Dobbs. It will be interesting to see if the Marlins can sway him to come play in that type of role.

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