Could a Josh Johnson reunion be in the works for the Miami Marlins? According to Ben Reiter of SI.com, the Marlins are the "perfect fit" for the oft-injured starter.
Chad Qualls didn’t play too badly but the Marlins have a ton of young pitching and plenty of arms waiting in the wings to take Qualls’ place.
The grass promises to be greener and more easily maintained in 2014 at Marlins Park. In the upcoming months, the Marlins' front office will be tinkering with the roster in hopes of upgrading the players on the field. In the meantime, upper management already has plans to improve the actual playing surface for Season 3 at Marlins Park. The 36,000-seat, retractable-roof ballpark will feature a grass called "paspalum" in both the infield and outfield. The full, thick grass offers a healthy shade of green. But the most important benefit for the switch to paspalum is its durability.
The Marlins have a new radio home. The club announced on Wednesday that its 2014 games will air on 940 WINZ-AM, the new English radio flagship station for the organization. The Marlins have entered a partnership with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Miami after spending the past few seasons at 790 The Ticket. Known as "Miami's Sports Animal," 940 WINZ will offer complete game coverage as well as pregame and postgame analysis.
Heading into next week's General Managers Meetings in Orlando, Fla., the Marlins know who the centerpiece of their lineup will be in 2014. How to improve the supporting cast is the unknown. Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill on Wednesday repeated the club intends to build around right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, who turns 24 on Friday, is an established middle-of-the-lineup threat. An All-Star in 2012, the slugger also is one of the most speculated players in trade rumors. But the club has already made it public that Stanton is not available, and it fully intends for him to be the team's right fielder.
His smile and fun-loving nature never left, and now finally, Marcell Ozuna is back on the playing field. It's welcome news for the Marlins. Recovered from left thumb surgery, Ozuna has picked up playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic for the Gigantes del Cibao. The Miami outfielder, who turns 23 on Tuesday, played in his first game on Nov. 2, and he has thus far appeared in three games, going 2-for-12 with an RBI. "We're happy to have him healthy," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.
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David Price and Max Scherzer are much more similar than you'd think, right down to the fact that they both might get traded this winter. However, Price's value is likely to be higher due to one key fact: he's still under contract for two more seasons.
Top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are both being shut down with injuries, Twins director of Minor League operations Brad Steil confirmed Thursday. Buxton, 19, was diagnosed with a left shoulder strain and is likely to miss the rest of the Arizona Fall League, while Sano, 20, was diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and will not play again this offseason in the Dominican Winter League.
As the Hot Stove season heats up, certain to become a boiling cauldron, raw offensive power is available and, as always, the best of it will be costly.
At Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins have a lot of needs on the offensive side of the ball. Which players can the Marlins target to acquire in a trade to fill those holes?
The Miami Marlins got a spectacular performance from Jose Fernandez, and that has earned him a finalist spot for both the National League Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards.
The Miami Marlins may have just enough money, especially with some timely non-tender decisions on arbitration players, to target decent free agent players as stopgap options. Who could be involved for the Fish?
On this day in Marlins history, November 7, 2013, Fredi Gonzalez becomes the Marlins first minor league manager, paving the way to his eventually taking over the Fish 15 years later.
A glance at the top five current Marlins minor leaguers with the highest present power tools.