Fish Bites: Welcome Back to the Miami Marlins, Juan Pierre

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Marlins are in full overhaul mode having traded another player. Yet one change has been positive, believe it or not. Juan Pierre is back. And there was magic when he last played for Miami. Plus links on Yunel Escobar and Giancarlo Stanton

- Not surprisingly, Juan Pierre has been welcomed back to the Miami Marlins with open arms. The fans are glad that he is back. The 35 year old outfielder is looking forward to the challenge with his new team because he remembers that in 2003, no one was giving the Marlins a chance to win the World Series. In this very difficult offseason, Pierre coming back to play for the Fish is one of the few bright spots.

- Mark Reynolds and Ian Stewart are possible options for the Marlins at third base. The Marlins will have the available resources to sign either player after they trade Yunel Escobar (possibly to the Tampa Bay Rays) (EDIT: Obviously, the trade has been completed. -MJ). One option the Marlins will not consider at third base full time is Greg Dobbs. Read more here.

- Joe Frisaro says that its the Marlins bullpen that will showcase the most competition heading into Spring Training. There could be up to three open spots in the 'pen. Consider Ryan Webb, Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, and A.J. Ramos are projected to work out of the pen. A few more guys will have to prove themselves. Read more here.

- Despite all the negativity surrounding the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Redmond still believes Stanton will be fine. "He will be ready for Spring Training and be ready to go when the bell rings." Hopefully the skipper can convince Giancarlo to play his heart out this upcoming season. Read more here.

- Jack McKeon reflects this week on his time with Miguel Cabrera and Giancarlo Stanton. He coached both talents when they very young. He recalls speaking to both players about how hard they had to work to make it in the big leagues. And he says he never had issues with either player.

Around The League

- The Boston Red Sox have signed Shane Victorino. The former Philadelphia outfielder joins Mike Napoli who signed earlier this week. Expect Victorino to play right field in 2013.

- The Washington Nationals and Dan Haren have reached an agreement on a new contract. Reportedly its for one year and $13 million. The money is a bit high. However if things don't work out, it will be one and done for Haren in D.C.

- The Baltimore Orioles are interested in Michael Morse. The team has been seeking an outfield power bat.

At Fish Stripes

- In case you haven't heard, four teams were interested in the Marlins' Yunel Escobar before the Tampa Bay Rays swooped in and completed the deal.

- Ricky Nolasco does not like the direction the Marlins are heading in. Thus, he has asked for a trade from the team. Whether or not the Fish will grant him his request remains to be seen.

- Read the following for a recap of day one at the winter meetings. Mr. Jong shares the details on four players, including one unhappy right fielder.

- Want to know how Marlins players performed during the Arizona Fall League? Mr. Weston has all of the statistics for you. Read them here.

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