02/14/2013 4:30 PM ET
Redmond invites former Marlins greats to camp
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
JUPITER, Fla. -- A couple of the most popular Marlins in the club's history have been invited to spend time around the team in Spring Training. It's part of manager Mike Redmond's plan to change the culture around a team seeking a winning identity.
Redmond has reached out to Mike Lowell and Luis Castillo about spending a day or two at camp to interact with the players. No firm dates have been set, but sometime in March, Lowell and Castillo could be in uniform on the field and in the clubhouse.
"We're working on it," Redmond said. "It's not 100 percent sure, but we're trying to lock down some dates for those guys. I think it's important, when we talk about things like changing the culture.
"For me, it's important to bring back good guys. Guys that I've played with. Guys who are good guys, and were great players with the Marlins. Guys who are great players in the community. Those two guys meant so much to our team, to our franchise. I want to bring those guys back and have them on the field, even if it is just for a couple of days. Just for them to be around."
With the Marlins, Lowell and Castillo were World Series champions, All-Stars and Gold Glove Award winners. Redmond said the two wouldn't have any responsibilities other than to be themselves.
"Just being on the field, and just be there to talk and maybe tell a couple of stories," Redmond said. "That's why I want to bring those guys around. A lot of teams have former players around. I think it's important to have former players around."
Marlins eager to start full workouts after rain
JUPITER, Fla. -- Sidetracked by steady rain on Thursday morning, the Marlins will begin their first day of full-squad workouts on Friday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.
Pitchers on Thursday were limited to throwing bullpen sessions in the covered cages. They were able to long toss in a drizzle, but were not able to do much else. The energy level and intensity should be different at 1 p.m. ET on Friday when position players join the workouts.
"Today was kind of a buzz saw with the rain," manager Mike Redmond said. "Not much we can do. Hopefully, we will be able to get on the field for the first full-squad workout."
Pitchers officially started on Tuesday, although a number of them have been in Jupiter for at least a week.
Closer Steve Cishek is eager to face some batters.
"I've thrown I don't know how many bullpens now, and I haven't faced any hitters yet," Cishek said. "But having a hitter step in is sort of a visual. It obviously helps out in Spring Training. Really, you just want to compete. When a hitter steps in the box, it sets in another gear for you."
Physicals wrap up in the morning, and after a team meeting, the Marlins will be ready to go in full force.
"Really, I'm excited to start the full-squad workouts and get this thing progressing," Redmond said. "I think, when it's just the pitchers and catchers, it feels like something is missing. It's always better when you get the full team out there, and everybody is working together.
"That's really where the camaraderie comes into place. Guys are having fun. I know they're not looking forward to facing those pitchers for the first time in those pitcher's [bullpen sessions]. I know I never looked forward to that, either. We're looking forward to getting on the field. Put last year behind us and move forward."
Figgins ready to play wherever he's needed
JUPITER, Fla. -- It's safe to say Chone Figgins will be wearing plenty of gloves in Marlins camp.
The versatile 35-year-old has six of them stacked in his locker at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. Each one is expected to be used in his quest to make the team.
Figgins signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training on Feb. 8. He has no guarantee of being on the Opening Day roster, but he will be given every chance to show he can rekindle his past success.
"He's had a couple of rough years," manager Mike Redmond said. "We're hoping that he comes in here, gets around some younger players and rejuvenates himself. I saw this guy play a few years ago, and he was amazing. When he was in Anaheim, he was one of the best players I'd ever seen. He could run, he could hit and he can play defense. He can play all over the place.
"He, obviously, ran into a tough stretch there. But, hey, that's all in the past. It doesn't matter. It's a fresh start for him."
Figgins has endured highs and lows in a long career. He batted .330 with the Angels in 2007, but the past two seasons in Seattle he batted just under .190. He signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the Mariners before the 2010 season, and Seattle is on the hook for just about all of the $8 million he is owed this year.
"The work ethic never changed," Figgins said. "It's just tough when you sign a four-year deal and the second year of the deal, you're already sitting the bench. That's hard to swallow."
This is the first time Figgins is in the National League, and it's his first Spring Training in Florida.
During a difficult time in Seattle, he made the most of the situation.
"I stayed positive as much as I could," he said. "I worked. I stayed in shape. This is where it's taken me. I don't have any regrets for what I did. I would do it again. It's part of it. Like they say, great players go through tough times. What you do after that is important."