It’s a ‘tough call’ to come as Marlins pin down bullpen options. Here are the contenders

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Sooner or later, Marlins manager Don Mattingly will have a decision on his hand.

As he shapes out his 25-man roster for Opening Day, eight of those spots will be reserved for the Marlins’ bullpen.

How Mattingly comes to his decision is up in the air.

“I think that’s going to be a tough call for us as we get to that,” Mattingly said. “There’s pretty much eight spots out there, and it’s going to be tough getting down to eight. There’s going to be some guys who are disappointed on that side of it.”

As many as five spots already feel secure. Sergio Romo will be on the roster and is versatile enough to pitch in any inning.

Drew Steckenrider is seen as a candidate to close even though the Marlins are likely not going to have a traditional closer. Adam Conley, Tayron Guerrero and Riley Ferrell should be favorites to make the roster as well.

Conley, a leftie, and Guerrerro, a righty, are the two hardest throwers the Marlins have available who are ready to be in the big leagues. Ferrell, a Rule 5 draft pick, has been steady this spring, striking out five and giving up just two hits over 3 2/3 innings.

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