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Marlins Winter Meetings Rumors: Wednesday

Photo by Mark Brown/ If free agent asking prices remain too high, the Marlins seem prepared to use surplus prospects to further improve their 2020 team. Fish Stripes is covering all the Marlins news and rumors from the MLB Winter Meetings being held in San Diego. This article is dedicated to all of Wednesday’s developments. Catch up on Monday’s here and Tuesday’s here! 6:00 a.m. PT—On the Swings and Mishes podcast, Craig Mish describes a bizarre negotiating process with the Rangers regarding outfielder Nomar Mazara. The Marlins allegedly showed interest in him earlier in the...

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Marlins attempting to trade for Rangers OF Nomar Mazara

Photo by Joe Robbins/ Mazara would further improve the Marlins lineup for the 2020 season, plus he’s controllable for an additional year via arbitration. The Marlins aren’t content to leave San Diego empty-handed. President of baseball operations Michael Hill told reporters Tuesday afternoon at the MLB Winter Meetings that he’s “actively pursuing” an offensive upgrade for the 2020 roster. Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara appears to be their current target, as detailed by FNTSY Sports Radio host Craig Mish. Marlins are in on Nomar Mazara. Looks like Rangers are engaged with...

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Marlins address greatest weakness with Jonathan Villar trade

Photo by Will Newton/ The Marlins will be much improved in the baserunning department if Villar comes close to replicating his 2019 season. The 2019 Miami Marlins had numerous issues with their on-field performance. Thankfully this offseason, they’ve been taking steps to address them. Pounding too many balls into the ground? Let’s add renowned hitting instructor James Rowson to the major league coaching staff. Deep flies keep dying on the Marlins Park warning track? Not anymore! Next week at the MLB Winter Meetings, the front office will have its sights set on competent relievers....

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Yankees Potential Free Agent Target: Marcell Ozuna

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports Ozuna hasn’t made much noise since a stellar 2017 season, but still has upside When the Miami Marlins broke down their roster following the 2017 season, they traded away a trio of highly-talented outfielders. Giancarlo Stanton found his way to New York thanks to a no-trade clause that let him dictate trade discussions, Christian Yelich turned himself into an MVP in Milwaukee, and Marcell Ozuna arrived in St. Louis on the back of a promising 37 HR, 127 RBI year. Ozuna was worth 5.5 bWAR that year, but he wasn’t able to come close to that mark in his...

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This offseason, David Stearns is taking his greatest risk yet

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Stearns has never been afraid to be unconventional. Now he’s taking that boldness to the next level. If there is anything that we have learned about David Stearns as the top executive of the Milwaukee Brewers, it’s that he is not afraid to make moves that are risky and don’t seem to make a whole lot of sense at first. In January 2018, he swung a blockbuster trade to acquire Christian Yelich from the Miami Marlins. While it came at the cost of top prospect Lewis Brinson, an outfield of Ryan Braun, Yelich, and Domingo Santana — who was coming off of...

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Jesús Aguilar on joining the Marlins: “This is an opportunity every player wants”

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports On Monday, Miami claimed Rays first baseman Jesús Aguilar off waivers. The Venezuelan sees his arrival as a great chance to show what he’s made of. It’s well known that the Marlins want to improve their offense badly. And while they’re not expected to spend big money just yet, they need to fill the holes created by the departures of Martín Prado and Starlin Castro. On Monday, the Fish began doing so by acquiring first baseman Jesús Aguilar from waivers and infielder Jonathan Villar via trade. Welcome to Miami pic.twitter.com/278pUGSGmN— Miami...

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View from the Catwalk: Rays awarded 69th overall draft pick in 2020

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via That number may change due to free agency’s impact on the draft. MLB announced this year’s Competitive Balance draft picks, and the Rays were awarded the current 69th overall selection in Round B (after the second round). Round A Baltimore Orioles Pittsburgh Pirates Kansas City Royals Arizona Diamondbacks San Diego Padres Colorado Rockies Cleveland Indians St. Louis Cardinals Round B Miami Marlins Detroit Tigers Tampa Bay Rays Milwaukee Brewers Cincinnati Reds Minnesota Twins The exact numbers in the draft order are likely to change, as teams can...

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Brewers: Top 10 Christian Yelich Moments As A Brewer

The 2018 NL MVP turns 28 today and in honor of Milwaukee’s favorite right fielder, we’re going to take a look at the top 10 favorite moments of Christian Yelich. It’s no secret that Christian Yelich exceeded expectations when joining the Milwaukee Brewers in January of 2018. A trade from the Miami Marlins, the numbers […] Brewers: Top 10 Christian Yelich Moments As A Brewer - Reviewing the Brew - Reviewing the Brew - A Milwaukee Brewers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Marlins trade for Jonathan Villar, shake up roster

@Marlins/Twitter Joining Jesús Aguilar, the Marlins pick up the 2019 All-Star Villar in a glorified salary dump. Fresh off a long Thanksgiving weekend, the Marlins front office wasted little time getting back to business. They juiced their 2020 lineup on Monday night with All-Star infielders Jonathan Villar and Jesús Aguilar, trading unheralded left-hander Easton Lucas to the Orioles to acquire the former while claiming Aguilar off waivers from the Rays. Squeezing them onto a full 40-man roster meant designating right-hander Tayron Guerrero and infielder JT Riddle for assignment....

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Looking back at the Dee Gordon trade, 2 years later

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports During this week in 2017, the Fish traded Gordon to the Mariners for a three-prospect package that officially began their rebuilding process. Baseball can change a lot over a two-year course. In 2017, the Marlins had a great starting lineup that featured Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto, with Dee Gordon igniting the offense from the leadoff spot. But overall, the team was mediocre and lacking a clear path to improve into a true contender. The following offseason (under new ownership), a full rebuild of the franchise...

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Cubs free-agent target: Alex Wood

Photo by Michael Hickey/ The former Reds, Braves and Dodgers lefty would look pretty good in the Cubs rotation, at the right price. Alex Wood was the Braves’ second-round pick in the 2012 Draft. (Comparison point: The Cubs chose Duane Underwood Jr. in that round.) He put together a couple of good years in Atlanta and then was part of a massive three-team deal with the Marlins and Dodgers (that was largely a bunch of salary dumps) where he wound up in Los Angeles. After 2½ good years there, L.A. sent him in yet another salary dump deal (Matt Kemp’s) to the Reds. Wood suffered a back...

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Which Marlins player has the highest trade value?

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports The Marlins do not have any true “untouchables” in the organization right now. Even their top young players could potentially be moved if the perfect trade opportunity presents itself. During the two-plus months since the MLB regular season ended, the Marlins have been involved in zero trades. Booooooring! By the same point on the 2018 calendar, they had frantically made a trio of deals to rack up international bonus pool funds for the Mesa brothers, and plucked little-known minor league relievers Nick Anderson and Tyler Stevens from the Twins and...

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Our Noticias: Free Agency continues, Fish are giving back

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Plus, some fun Fish links at the end The Free Agent market is heating up! The Marlins have yet to make any major signings this offseason, but Derek Jeter spoke to the press Tuesday about the club’s strategy in the free agent market this winter. Not only do I expect the Marlins to spend money this offseason, I believe they could soon. 2 bats. Bullpen arms etc. They won’t be of the longer term variety but they will add. It’s coming. (FA/Trades) https://t.co/5IfZkrWltI— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) November 26, 2019 But wait, the Fish did sign a free...

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Fish Bites Episode 49: Griffin Conine

@griffin_co9/Instagram The son of “Mr. Marlin” is now a promising prospect in the Blue Jays system. Griffin Conine discusses his life in and around baseball. With Wei-Yin Chen finally purged from the Marlins roster, Ely reflects on his complicated tenure with the team (4:35) and what it means for future free agent pursuits (9:40). Aram Leighton makes his return to Fish Bites (11:30), conducting an exclusive interview with Blue Jays outfield prospect Griffin Conine (that’s right, Jeff Conine’s son!). The 2019 Midwest League home run champion looks forward to his first full pro...

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Deep Sea Fishing: Brock Holt

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Holt brings defensive versatility and a respected veteran presence to a Marlins team eager to improve in 2020. Time to spend Bruce Sherman’s and Derek Jeter’s money! Entering the third year under new Marlins ownership, fans expect to see significant improvement at the major league level. Some of that improvement will surely come from within, but prospects—as they say—will break your heart. Successful MLB rebuilds make sure to surround their young cores with veterans who can bring credibility and reliable production. Free agent additions figure to be...

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Deep Sea Fishing: Yasmani Grandal

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports The former Miami Springs Golden Hawk and Miami Hurricane would look great as a Miami Marlin. Time to spend Bruce Sherman’s and Derek Jeter’s money! Entering the third year under new Marlins ownership, fans expect to see significant improvement at the major league level. Some of that improvement will surely come from within, but prospects—as they say—will break your heart. Successful MLB rebuilds make sure to surround their young cores with veterans who can bring credibility and reliable production. Free agent additions figure to be critically...

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Revisiting the Yankees’ trade for Giancarlo Stanton two years later

Photo by Cooper Neill/MLB Photos via The Yankees have a star, while a pair of prospects are still working their way to the Marlins. In sports, most transactions are judged immediately after they’re completed. The moment a deal is finalized, the debate commences regarding whether the move will benefit all the parties involved. The popular census at the time of the deal often doesn’t matter; the true judge is time. In particular, trades can be complex moves with several factors involved, ranging from established big leaguers, minor leaguers, contracts, and more, all of which serve to...

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Earning Their Stripes Episode 23: Prospect protection deadline, trade scenarios, bold predictions

Nick Neidert is among those prospects who will be protected on the Marlins 40-man roster before Wednesday’s 8 p.m. ET deadline. | David Santiago/Miami Herald/TNS via Everything you need to know about the Marlins’ Rule 5 Draft prep and how various prospects fit into the franchise’s long-term plans. Making his Earning Their Stripes debut, Spencer Morris joins Ethan and Ian to preview all of the key decisions facing the Marlins this offseason. The guys react to the Triple-A Wichita affiliate rebrand (2:25), identify key prospects who ought to be added to the 40-man roster to protect...

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Toronto Blue Jays: The 2010s All-Decade team

Over the past decade, the Toronto Blue Jays have experienced both the highs of playoff baseball and the lows of rebuilding the roster from the ground up. Since 2010, the Toronto Blue Jays have seen their lineup turn over a few times. There was the Blue Jays-Marlins trade in 2012, as well as the trade […] Toronto Blue Jays: The 2010s All-Decade team - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Fish Bites Episode 48: Marlins offseason special, 2019-20

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via In a change of pace from our usual programming, listen to Ethan Budowsky’s overview of the Marlins organization. Ely rounds up the week’s Marlins developments (1:55), including rumors linking the team to top free agent outfielders and great player performances in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Then, enjoy an excerpt from Ethan Budowsky’s guest appearance on the Painting Corners Podcast (10:15). Ethan details how the key rebuilding trades have panned out on the field so far and what fans are expecting in 2020 and beyond. Enjoy Episode...

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2019 Miami Marlins Player Highlights: Starlin Castro

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Watch all of the clutch moments from Starlin Castro in what may have been his final season in Miami. Starlin Castro played all 162 games for the 2019 Marlins, slashing .270/.300/.436 (91 wRC+) with 22 home runs to produce 1.3 fWAR. Castro’s club option for 2020 was declined, making him a free agent for the first time in his career. These are the top plays from his age-29 season... Starlin Castro’s best five games of 2019 (highest Win Probability Added in games that he started): Aug. 30 at Nationals Apr. 25 at Phillies Sept. 20 vs. Nationals Apr. 1...

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Make your choice: Best free agent fit for Marlins’ outfield

Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Miami is slated to acquire an outfielder this offseason and the chosen one might come out of this group of four. It’s not a secret that the Marlins outfield is one of the weakest points of the team. In 2019, they compiled a 1.2 fWAR and an 83 wRC+ among the three spots (both were worst in the National League), so signing a good, established OF is a priority for a team that needs to upgrade its offense. Right now, the Fish must be cautious, especially when pursuing players who require a multi-year deal. They’re in the middle of a rebuilding process and...

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Deep Sea Fishing: Yoshitomo Tsutsugo

Photo by Masterpress/ You’ve probably never watched him play, but Japan’s Tsutsugo has one of the most powerful bats on the market this offseason. Time to spend Bruce Sherman’s and Derek Jeter’s money! Entering the third year under new Marlins ownership, fans expect to see significant improvement at the major league level. Some of that improvement will surely come from within, but prospects—as they say—will break your heart. Successful MLB rebuilds make sure to surround their young cores with veterans who can bring credibility and reliable production. Free agent additions...

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Marlins Payroll: Calm before the spending storm

Photo by Jonathan Daniel/ With imminent roster moves coming next week and team sources hinting at free agent pursuits, we take stock of what the Marlins already have on the books. The best MLB teams tend to be those with relatively large payrolls and elite players signed to efficient deals. The Marlins have a long way to go to reach that point. In the meantime, on the 15th day of each month, we will check in on their current commitments and upcoming decisions, and bring in some historical perspective as well. Marlins who are arbitration-eligible for the 2020 season have been listed...

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Cooper should start at first base for Marlins

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports While they have been linked with notable free agent first basemen, the Marlins should stick with Garrett Cooper as their primary option at the position. Garrett Cooper was a pleasant surprise for Marlins fans in 2019. Entering the year as somewhat of an unknown after only previously seeing limited time at the majors, the 28-year-old enjoyed a strong first half while primarily playing first base and covering right field at times, hitting eight homers and driving in 31 runs over 51 appearances. A difficult August brought his overall numbers back to earth,...

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Our Noticias, 11/15/19: GM meetings conclude

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports No moves yet, but the Marlins will continue to explore every option. Plus links on Isan Díaz and Triple-A Wichita. The Only Way is Up While at the General Manager Meetings this week, Michael Hill reiterated to the national media what he told local outlets last week: the Marlins are open to every option this winter when it comes to improving their outlook for 2020. This includes diving head-first into free agency, and potentially spending more money on a single player than they have for a number of seasons. One of their top targets is outfielder and south...

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Our Noticias 11/13/19: Marlins rebuild is now wind-aided

New Wichita Wind Surge merch. The Marlins’ AAA affiliate unveils its new logos and uniforms; plus, free agency continues. The Marlins’ AAA affiliate formerly known as the New Orleans Babycakes is relocating to Wichita this offseason and revealed Wednesday evening that it will be known as the “Wind Surge”. Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net spoke with the designer about the creative process behind the name. Triple-A N̶e̶w̶ ̶O̶r̶l̶e̶a̶n̶s̶ ̶B̶a̶b̶y̶ ̶C̶a̶k̶e̶s̶ Their 2020 home opener is only 5 months away https://t.co/UMXbR2btlF— Fish...

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Deep Sea Fishing: Nicholas Castellanos

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports South Florida’s own would bring excitement and plenty of Opening Day home runs to Marlins Park. Time to spend Bruce Sherman’s and Derek Jeter’s money! Entering the third year under new Marlins ownership, fans expect to see significant improvement at the major league level. Some of that improvement will surely come from within, but prospects—as they say—will break your heart. Successful MLB rebuilds make sure to surround their young cores with veterans who can bring credibility and reliable production. Free agent additions figure to be critically...

J.T. Realmuto is possible trade candidate this offseason

Marlins All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto could potentially be a trade candidate this offseason About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in

Junichi Tazawa is a free agent for the 2019 season

Junichi Tazawa will enter free agency in 2019 after splitting time pitching for the Marlins and Angels in 2018 About Major League Baseball: Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 3

Tim and Sid: Will the Marlins trade Stanton?

Tim and Sid discuss the seemingly increasing chances that the Miami Marlins will be trading the MLB home run and RBI leader for 2017, Giancarlo Stanton.