10:58 AM EST, Wed December 07, 2022
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Offishial news, 12/7/22: “Interested” in everybody, signing nobody; Rule 5 Draft preview

Offishial news, 12/7/22: “Interested” in everybody, signing nobody; Rule 5 Draft preview

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes the posting of a Japanese superstar. Marlins Podcast Episodes Tuesday’s winter ball updates: Bryan De La Cruz (Toros del Este) went 0-for-3 with a walk; playing for the first time since November 23, Jerar Encarnación (Águilas Cibaeñas) went 2-for-4; Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara) went 1-for-5 with a walk during a doubleheader. Kim Ng insists that the Marlins had interest in Cody Bellinger and Josh Bell before they agreed to short-term contracts with the Cubs and Guardians,...
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Marlins get 10th pick in 2023 MLB Draft

Marlins get 10th pick in 2023 MLB Draft

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via The lottery gods were not kind to the Fish on Tuesday. As announced Tuesday night on MLB Network, the Marlins will have the 10th overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft. The Pirates were the lucky winners of the inaugural draft lottery and received the top selection. The lottery took place at the Winter Meetings in San Diego with Marlins director of amateur scouting DJ Svihlik in attendance. The Marlins finished the 2022 campaign at 69-93, the ninth-worst record in the majors. Historically, the MLB draft order has gone according to the...
Dec 6, 2022
Offishial news, 12/6/22: Justin Turner interest; MLB Draft Lottery day

Offishial news, 12/6/22: Justin Turner interest; MLB Draft Lottery day

Photo by Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes comments from first-year manager Skip Schumaker. Marlins Podcast Episodes Two of the very best MLB free agents, Justin Verlander and Trea Turner, have agreed to deals with the Mets and Phillies, respectively. As Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald points out, their combined salaries for 2023 will be almost as high as the entire projected Marlins payroll. Health permitting, Verlander and Sandy Alcantara could start against one another on Opening Day at LoanDepot Park for a special...
Dec 6, 2022
How much would Justin Turner signing boost Marlins’ offense?

How much would Justin Turner signing boost Marlins’ offense?

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Turner has had a terrific MLB career, but he’s now among the oldest hitters in the game. The Marlins were never going to spend what it required to get Justin Verlander or Trea Turner, both of whom just signed with their NL East rivals in New York and Philadelphia, respectively. Per Craig Mish of SportsGrid, their focus is on a lesser brand of player available on the MLB free agent market: Justin Verlander or Trea Turner. In all seriousness, the club’s interest is understandable. JT is coming off a “bad year” by his standards. His 123...
Dec 5, 2022
If Fred McGriff is a Hall of Famer, so is Gary Sheffield

If Fred McGriff is a Hall of Famer, so is Gary Sheffield

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Sheffield is just as deserving as “Crime Dog,” who was elected to Cooperstown on Sunday. It was “a beautiful thing” for Fred McGriff to be unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Contemporary Baseball Era Committee. Nearly two decades after concluding an elite, consistent MLB playing career, he’s being immortalized. That bodes well for Gary Sheffield, who competed during the same era as McGriff and had a comparable (if not slightly greater) impact on the sport. Here’s how they stack up in terms of counting...
Dec 5, 2022
Offishial news, 12/5/22: Winter Meetings; Fred McGriff elected; MLB Draft Lottery day

Offishial news, 12/5/22: Winter Meetings; Fred McGriff elected; MLB Draft Lottery day

Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes the latest on Bryan Reynolds’ availability. Marlins Podcast Episodes Sunday’s winter ball updates: Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara) singled as a pinch-hitter; Cherif Neymour and Toby Simmons both started for Bahamas in their Caribbean Baseball Cup opening game win against the U.S. Virgin Islands, with Simmons delivering the go-ahead sacrifice fly. Every Monday, I put updated stats and observations into our Marlins winter ball tracker. Congrats to Fred McGriff on being unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame...
Dec 3, 2022
Bryan Reynolds requests trade from Pirates

Bryan Reynolds requests trade from Pirates

Photo by Rich Schultz/ The Marlins will try to pry Reynolds out of Pittsburgh. Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds requested a trade from the team on Saturday, as first reported by Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reynolds’ request comes during an “impasse” in contract extension talks between he and the Pirates, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. In his upcoming age-28 season, Reynolds is set to earn $6.75 million (same as his 2022 salary). He has two more years of arbitration eligibility ahead in 2024 and 2025. In 2021, Reynolds emerged as one of...
Dec 3, 2022
What would a Trevor Rogers trade look like?

What would a Trevor Rogers trade look like?

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ The talented lefty is available to be moved, but what would the Marlins expect to get in return? After a rough 2022 season, rumors have begun to swirl that Trevor Rogers may be on the move. He has been mentioned recently by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald “as a trade candidate for offensive help.” The Miami Marlins need to be aggressive in trading since attracting free agents will be difficult, so we decided to look at some nice fits for the young lefty and see what the returns would be. The main tool I’m using for these hypothetical...
Dec 2, 2022
Fishology Episode 5: Fixing Marlins’ First Base Situation

Fishology Episode 5: Fixing Marlins’ First Base Situation

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Daniel, Adam and Louis discuss how the Marlins could go about getting more run production at first base in 2023. Welcome to Fishology! This new show, hosted by Daniel Rodriguez with analysts Adam Akbani and Louis Addeo-Weiss, is dedicated to bringing advanced stats to Miami Marlins podcasting like never before. For the fifth episode, the boys turn their focus to the first base position. What should the Marlins expect from their current internal options (1:30)? Could free agents like Josh Bell, Brandon Belt, Yuli Gurriel, Miguel Sano or Wil Myers...
Dec 2, 2022
Offishial news, 12/2/22: Uniform number changes; Rays record-setting signing

Offishial news, 12/2/22: Uniform number changes; Rays record-setting signing

Photo by Eric Espada/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a bit of 2023 MLB Draft news. Marlins Podcast Episodes Thursday’s winter ball updates: Bryan De La Cruz went 1-for-5 and Jesús Sánchez went 1-for-5 with a double (Toros del Este); Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara) went 0-for-1 and finished the game in center field. In addition to Miguel Rojas’ return to No. 19, at least three other incumbent Marlins players are adopting new uniform numbers for next season. Anthony Bender will be No. 37 (previously No. 55); the most recent Marlin to wear No....
Dec 1, 2022
Which first basemen are left in free agency?

Which first basemen are left in free agency?

Photo by Rob Carr/ Although José Abreu is off the board, the Marlins still have plenty of options left. This week, the Houston Astros added a big piece to their World Series-winning squad. Cuban slugger José Abreu signed a 3-year, $58.5M contract, covering his age 36-38 seasons. According to Craig Mish of SportsGrid, the Marlins did show interest in José Abreu and Abreu showed interest in Miami, but no deal was agreed to. Although the top first baseman is off the board, the Marlins still have a plenty of free agent options to take the pressure off of Garrett Cooper...
Dec 1, 2022
Offishial news, 12/1/22: Free agent rumors; unprotected former Fish prospects

Offishial news, 12/1/22: Free agent rumors; unprotected former Fish prospects

Photo by Eric Espada/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes a link to full video of the first episode of the Marlins Hot Stove Show. Marlins Podcast Episodes Wednesday’s winter ball updates: Javier Sanoja (Cardenales de Lara) went 0-for-5 with a run scored and started in center field. The Marlins are among several teams showing interest in free agent left-hander Eric Jokisch, per KPRC 2’s Ari Alexander. Jokisch was briefly a reliever for the Marlins Triple-A affiliate in 2016. From 2019-2022, he thrived in the starting rotation of the Kiwoom Heroes in the...
Nov 30, 2022
Don Mattingly hired to be Blue Jays bench coach

Don Mattingly hired to be Blue Jays bench coach

@BlueJays/Twitter After managing the last 12 seasons with the Dodgers and Marlins, Mattingly officially joined Toronto’s staff on Wednesday. True to his nature, Don Mattingly was as courteous as possible about the end of his Marlins managerial tenure. He parroted the organization’s messaging about how they needed “a new voice” at the position. He did not sugarcoat how “disappointing” it was that so little progress had been made at the major league level since the beginning of Miami’s rebuild. However, the 61-year-old never conceded that he was ready to...
Nov 29, 2022
Offishial news, 11/29/22: Cabrera to retire next year; Abreu off the board

Offishial news, 11/29/22: Cabrera to retire next year; Abreu off the board

Miggy makes it clear that his playing career will end after next year. | Photo by Marc Serota/ Today’s Marlins news roundup also includes promotions and new job openings. Marlins Podcast Episodes Monday’s winter ball updates: Bryan De La Cruz went 0-for-4 and Jesús Sánchez went 1-for-3 with a walk (Toros del Este); Huascar Brazoban (Gigantes del Cibao) had his smoothest relief outing of the season, retiring the side in order in the sixth inning. The Astros are upgrading at first base with the signing of José Abreu to a three-year, $58.5 million deal. He is...
Nov 28, 2022
Top options for the Marlins in 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft

Top options for the Marlins in 2022 MLB Rule 5 Draft

Who will become the Marlins’ next Rule 5 Draft success story? After another disappointing season, the Miami Marlins once again find themselves with an early selection in the MLB Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 will take place on December 7 at the annual Winter Meetings. The Marlins hold the 9th overall pick. As a consequence of last year’s lockout, the MLB phase of the 2021 Rule 5 was canceled. Things are back to normal this time with a deep class of unprotected players who are worth considering. Something to note is that for the Marlins to make a selection, they need to have...