Fish Bites: Marlins' pitching staff hopeful for 2014

Marc Serota

The Marlins' pitching staff is hopeful that they can get the run support necessary to win consistently next season. Plus links on Andrew Heaney, Jeff Mathis and the Marlins' bullpen.

-MLB - Winter Forecast for teams in National League East - ESPN

After putting their toes into the deep end of the pool in 2012, starting with a payroll above $100 million, the Marlins continued to toss cargo overboard as they traded veteran Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers in July. Is Giancarlo Stanton the next Marlin to go? The team has been fielding calls on their outfielder for nearly two years and he is now entering his first year of arbitration eligibility, which might make him too expensive for Miami. If so, their 62-100 record in 2013 might be a high-water mark.

-Miami Marlins Rumors: Team Looking for Another Catcher?

This offseason, the Miami Marlins could be looking at acquiring upgrades to positions either through the free-agent market or through trades. A position the Marlins could look at upgrading is the catching position. Miami’s catchers were one of the positions that struggled offensively and defensively last season. The Marlins used five catchers last season, which is cause for concern.

-Bloomberg Releases MLB Value Rankings: Marlins Not Last - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bloomberg released its rankings of the values of Major League Baseball teams today, with the Marlins coming in 25th place out of 30 teams. The sad sacks finishing behind the Marlins were the Athletics, Rockies, Indians, Royals, and Rays.

-Baseball America releases 2014 top Miami Marlins prospects - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Baseball America has published their top 10 prospect for the Miami Marlins. The Marlins two most recent draft picks, Andrew Heaney and Colin Moran, were the top overall prospects for the Marlins.

-2014 Free Agency: Could Cuban Catcher Yenier Bello Interest Miami Marlins? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Miami Marlins last season had the worst catching tandem in all of baseball. Jeff Mathis, Rob Brantly, Miguel Olivo, and Koyie Hill combined to hit for a lowly .192/.249/.280 slash line. The .235 wOBA and -1.8 WAR were the worst in baseball, by far.

-Miami Marlins Season Review: Bullpen Grades (2 Of 3) - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Entering this season, Webb was expected to be a contributing member of the bullpen. While not outstanding, he was certainly steady overall. His sinker is a valuable weapon out of the bullpen and if he continues this type of play, he will have no trouble finding work. He was especially clutch with runners in scoring position as opposing hitters batted only .196 with 2 outs in that situation.

-Pitching is what kept Miami in so many games in 2013, and it will be expected to set the tone for the future, starting in '14 | marlins.com: News

For remaining on point, credit Mike Redmond for holding the youthful Marlins together, staying calm and pushing forward during a trying season. After breaking up the underachieving 2012 squad, the Marlins literally stripped the franchise down to the basics. High-priced veterans were traded for low-cost youngsters. The return stockpiled the Minor League system, especially with quality pitching, and gave the big league club some promising pieces.

Around The League

-Roger McDowell to stay with Braves as pitching coach | MLB.com: News

Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell will remain with the Braves, signing a new two-year deal on Saturday. The Phillies had targeted McDowell -- who pitched for the Phils over two and a half seasons from 1989-91 -- but did not have a chance to formally speak with him until his contract expired at midnight ET on Thursday.

-Joey Cora among finalists to be new Mariners manager | MLB.com: News

General manager Jack Zduriencik returned to Seattle on Saturday to begin the second round of interviews for a new manager, with former Mariners second baseman Joey Cora among a handful of finalists, according to a baseball source.

-Hot Stove roundup: Tampa Bay Rays keeping middle infield intact | MLB.com: News

With the deadline for exercising or declining options looming at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, teams continued to make those decisions Saturday. One such decision came from the Rays, who picked up options on second baseman Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar.

-Reports: Detroit Tigers to name Brad Ausmus as next manager | MLB.com: News

Former big league catcher Brad Ausmus, who played three of his 18 MLB seasons in Detroit, will replace retired manager Jim Leyland.

-Boston Red Sox celebrate with emotion-packed parade | MLB.com: News

The sights and sounds from the Red Sox's World Series championship parade on Saturday morning ranged from delirious to chilling.

At Fish Stripes

-2013 Marlins Season Review: Prospect overview - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins saw a lot of names get promoted from the minors in 2013, but how did the farm system as a whole fare? Fish Stripes reviews the preseason top 20 prospects from the 2013 Marlins.

-Fish Bites: Marlins hoping to find bargains on free agent market - Fish Stripes

Utilizing a method that they've used in the past, the Miami Marlins intend to seek bargains on the free agent market. Plus links on Jacob Turner, Marcell Ozuna, and Jose Fernandez.

-Baseball America posts 2014 top Miami Marlins prospects - Fish Stripes

Baseball America has weighed in on the Miami Marlins' best prospects, and a couple of first-round draft picks top the list.

-Logan Morrison using offseason to adjust, get healthy - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison, who has been inconsistent in recent years because of knee injuries, is hoping to use the offseason to get healthy. Morrison was expected to be Miami's first baseman consistently before getting hurt.

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