The Marlins finished last in the league in runs with 513 and were shut out a league leading 18 times. At the workout Abreu showed a nice easy swing in which the ball flew off the bat. Do the Marlins need this bat?
ith the Rays punching their playoff ticket by taking out Texas in Monday's tiebreaker, three of the five teams with the lowest payrolls -- Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Oakland -- defied the odds to reach October while the biggest spender, the New York Yankees, are watching from home. Then again, it can also be said that the teams with the two lowest Opening Day payrolls in the majors -- the Marlins and Astros -- got what they paid for and ended up with the two worst records. Each lost at least 100 games.
As franchise rejuvenations take root across the baseball landscape – from Pittsburgh to Cleveland to Kansas City – the Marlins remain wanderers.
The Miami Marlins lost big this season, totaling a triple-figure total for just the second time in franchise history. At least they lost fast. According to stats man David Feldman, the Marlins over their 1,509 innings played (IP) had the shortest average time of inning (TOI) at 19.0 minutes among National League teams and third-shortest in the majors behind the Blue Jays (18.9) and Royals (19.1). Guess you can look at that in a couple of ways. The glass-half-full view is Marlins' pitchers didn't give up many big innings and manager Mike Redmond wasn't forced to make countless mid-ininng pitching changes.
Josh Wall's tenure with the Marlins has ended without the right-hander never having even thrown a pitch at the big league level for the organization. The Angels on Friday claimed the 26-year-old off waivers, freeing up a 40-man roster spot for Miami. Wall made six big league relief appearances for the Dodgers this past season, giving up 14 earned runs in seven innings.
The Marlins' search for an impact power bat took them to the Dominican Republic earlier in the week. Team representatives attended the two-day workouts of Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu, who recently was declared a free agent. According to a league source, the Marlins have serious interest, and they plan to present a substantial offer for the 26-year-old. Abreu was impressive in front of the scouts and evaluators, demonstrating his power in batting practice and in two scrimmages. In his first at-bat, he belted an opposite-field home run, and he showed his ability to hit the ball to all fields.
Alex Sanabia, who opened the season in the Marlins' rotation, was claimed off waivers on Friday by the D-Backs. A San Diego native, Sanabia was 3-7 with a 4.88 ERA in 10 starts for Miami. The 25-year-old righty was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 27 with right groin discomfort. He never returned, and on July 23, he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
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Consider this a public service announcement for all playoff managers: The ability to adjust during the playoffs could make the difference between first-round elimination and the World Series -- and between a manager getting the ax or adulation in October.
Like any ordinary band of pirates looking for buried treasure, the Pirates hit a lot of dead ends on their search for the gateway to the postseason. But these Pirates have spent the season coming out alive from the most dire circumstances.
Jacoby Ellsbury was at the forefront of the Red Sox offense again in Saturday night's 7-4 victory over the Rays. Boston's leadoff hitter had three hits and scored three runs to help the Red Sox take control of the ALDS.
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On this day in team history, in 2012, Adam Greenberg made his first plate appearance since getting hit in the head by the very first pitch he saw in his Major League career as a rookie in 2005.
Like the Miami Marlins' starting pitchers, Steve Cishek and the rest of the 2013 bullpen were among the positives the club had in 2013.
The Miami Marlins have serious interest in Cuban prospect Jose Abreu and are expected to make an offer for the newly minted free agent.
MLB.com's Joe Frisaro mentioned the possibility of the Miami Marlins trading closer Steve Cishek as part of a package to bring in offensive help. Would this be a good move?