The Florida Marlins spent most of spring training trying to put together a deal for closer

Jorge Julio.

Finally, in the final week of camp, they acquired the righthander from Arizona. The Marlins believed they had solved their riddle at the back of the bullpen.

Not quite.

Julio lost his job after five appearances. In those games, he recorded 14.73 ERA and blew his only two save chances, most recently Tuesday night when just 10 of his 25 pitches against Milwaukee were strikes.

The Marlins entered yesterday at 6-4. They would have been 8-2 had Julio converted his two save chances.

For now, Julio, the Marlins' third-highest-paid player at $3.6 million, will work in the middle innings as manager Fredi Gonzalez tries to find a hot hand.