Fish Bites: Donovan Solano named Miami's best defensive player

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Miami Marlins second baseman was named Miami's best defensive player of 2013 last week. Plus links on Jose Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, and free agent catchers.

-Free Agent Rankings: Catchers (1 of 2) - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

With the 2013 season in the rear view mirror, the writers at Marlin Maniac are going to bring you a list of potential free agents that the Miami Marlins could target over the winter.

-Yasiel Puig For Giancarlo Stanton? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Yasiel Puig for Giancarlo Stanton… I will just let that sink in for a second… The internet has been busy today producing rumors that center around a trade involving the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins swapping right fielders.

-Miami Marlins: Jose Fernandez is finalist for Cy Young, Rookie of the Year - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

After throwing together a monster year in his rookie season, Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was named a finalist for two prestigious awards: the NL CY Young and NL Rookie of the Year.

-Chicago Cubs hire Rick Renteria as new manager | www.palmbeachpost.com

First-time manager Rick Renteria is focused on the future of the Chicago Cubs, rather than their past failures. Renteria preached accountability Thursday when he was introduced via teleconference as the franchise's 53rd manager. He takes on a challenging job that goes beyond merely trying to bring a winning team to Wrigley Field.

-Marlins, Cardinals go to bat in favor of Gardens stadium plan | www.palmbeachpost.com

Mike Bauer, the general manager of Roger Dean Stadium, spoke tonight at City Hall on behalf of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals to voice their support for the proposed spring training complex off Central Boulevard. Bauer was the third speaker at a meeting crowded with residents eager to voice their opinions about plans to build a $100 million stadium for the Houston Astros and Toronto Blue Jays.

-Locals pitch baseball complex for downtown West Palm Beach | www.palmbeachpost.com

Bruce Lewis says he’s not trying to create "a turf war" between Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach. But knowing that neighborhoods in Palm Beach Gardens were pushing back at a plan to build a two-team baseball complex there, Lewis decided to pay a visit Wednesday to the mayor of West Palm Beach.

-Miami Marlins: Scouts, sabermetricians can agree on Marlins' RHP Jose Fernandez - Sun Sentinel

The numbers don't always confirm what the eye sees. Such is the debate between scouts and sabermetricians. In Marlins' right-hander Jose Fernandez, the two sides agree he's an ace. Monday, Fernandez will learn if he is the National League Rookie of the Year. He's already received several top rookie nods this offseason from his peers (Players Choice award), Baseball America and Sporting News among others.

-Infielder Donovan Solano named Marlins' top defensive player | marlins.com: News

Infielder Donovan Solano quietly went about his business in 2013, but he made enough noise to be named the Marlins' Defensive Player of the Year, as voted on by Wilson, on Thursday night. The top defensive honors were awarded on MLB Network, with each of the 30 big league clubs having a winner.

Around The League

-Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon's first task to build coaching staff | MLB.com: News

Now that the TV lights are off and the introductory news conference is over, it's time for Lloyd McClendon to begin his real work. For the new Mariners skipper, the first order of business is hiring a coaching staff, and then he will begin meeting with his players.

-New manager Rick Renteria: 'Future is now' for youthful Cubs | MLB.com: News

New Cubs manager Rick Renteria got to work right away on Thursday, calling players to introduce himself. "I had some responses, and they were extremely positive," Renteria told MLB Network on Friday. "I'm looking forward to working with all of these guys."

-Hot Stove roundup: Warm up before General Managers Meetings | MLB.com: News

Saturday was a relatively quiet day around the Majors, as the Hot Stove merely simmered with rumors and speculation. But it should start to heat up soon, as the General Managers Meetings will begin Monday in Orlando, Fla.

-CC Challenge goes to bat for inner-city kids | MLB.com: News

Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia and his wife, Amber, held their second "CC Challenge" scavenger hunt in Central Park on Saturday to raise money for their PitCCh In Foundation, which aims to enrich the lives of inner-city youths.

At Fish Stripes

-2014 Fish Stripes Marlins Offseason Plan: Trade Assets - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have some trade assets on the team whom they could turn to generate future benefit for the franchise. But will they pull the trigger on the Giancarlo Stanton gun or play it safe?

-Fish Bites: Ozuna to make up for lost time in winter ball - Fish Stripes

Marlins outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who spent the second half of the season on the disabled list, is hoping to begin a come back throughout winter ball. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, and Chad Qualls.

-Miami Marlins news: Mike Hill given payroll range for 2014 - Fish Stripes

Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said Wednesday during a conference call that he was given the Marlins 2014 payroll range. An exact number reportedly was not given.

-The 2013 SB Nation MLB Awards Fish Stripes ballot - Fish Stripes

SB Nation released its 2013 SB Nation MLB Awards, and I wanted to explain my ballot for Fish Stripes.

-Marlins' top five prospect tools: Future power - Fish Stripes

A look at the five prospects in the Marlins farm system with the highest future power tool.

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