Trading players carries implications that extend beyond the field. The deal that sent Logan Morrison from the Marlins to the Mariners has prompted cancellation of the first baseman’s upcoming charity youth baseball camp. His Camp For a Cure, which raised $230,000 for the American Lung Association over the past three years, was scheduled for Feb. 8-9 in Delray Beach. With his trade to the West Coast, Morrison will be preparing to begin spring training in Peoria, Ariz.
In 2009 Hanley led the entire National League in batting average with .342 and was voted as the best offensive player at short stop to win his 2nd consecutive Silver Slugger Award. Appearing in 151 games in 2009, Hanley got 197 hits, 101 runs, 42 doubles, 24 home runs, 106 RBIs, had an OBP of .410, and a SLG of .543!
The year is 2010 and Hanley was voted to be the starting short stop for the National League. With that he also got to represent the National League and the Marlins in the Home Run Derby. In the First Round Hanley put up an impressive 9 home runs to finish only 2nd to Corey Hart’s 13.
One year removed from the PR disaster that was the 2013 off-season, the Miami Marlins have made some understated moves this off-season. So far they have added veteran position players Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Garrett Jones, Rafael Furcal, and Casey McGehee. Should the Marlins try to follow that plan on the pitching side of things?
Starter Jose Fernandez of the Marlins deserves top billing here, by just a hair over Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, for the sheer dominance he showed at such a young age. Fernandez, who came over from Cuba and was the 14th overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, made it to the Majors at the age of 20 and turned in a stellar season that netted him National League Rookie of the Year honors.
The arrival of a future offensive impact player came in July, when Christian Yelich was promoted from Double-A Jacksonville. The left-handed-hitting outfielder showed flashes of why he is regarded as a .300-caliber hitter. Adeiny Hechavarria demonstrated athleticism and flare at shortstop, and he earned the praise of his teammates and coaching staff. So did the energetic play of outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who had his season cut short due to left thumb surgery. From an individual standpoint, there were plenty of highlights. But collectively, the youthful squad never really caught any traction. Its season-high four-game winning streak actually came in the final four games of the season. Injuries late in Spring Training led to Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez each starting off on the disabled list. Giancarlo Stanton also missed more than a month early due to a right hamstring strain.
The Winter Warm Up -- previously known as FanFest -- is set for Feb. 15 at Marlins Park. Free to the public, the event will start at 10 a.m. ET, and it marks the start of individual tickets for regular-season games going on sale at the ballpark and online at marlins.com. Season-ticket plans are already available online. Opening Day for the Marlins will be March 31 against the Rockies at Marlins Park.
Fernandez will reach arbitration in 2016, and if he performs as expected, he will be threatening some salary records for a first-year arbitration pitcher. Also, Fernandez's agent is Scott Boras, who typically lets his clients get to free agency. Don't look for any long-term signing attempts on Fernandez for several more seasons. Best advice is enjoy watching the launch of his career.
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Despite an argument to be made that both New York clubs could use him, Stephen Drew is still without a home. The qualifying offer hanging over his head limits his options, though if we know anything, it's that agent Scott Boras always finds a way.
As the calendar flips to 2014 and free agency offers more remnants and fewer stars than in past years, however, the Tigers appear more likely to shuffle smaller pieces and make minor tweaks. If there's a big deal left in Detroit this winter, it's more likely to keep a player, not add one.
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The Miami Marlins are expected to bat Rafael Furcal in the leadoff spot. Is he the best player for the job?