Fish Bites: Sporting News reveals Miami Marlins' best, worst offseason contracts

Leon Halip

Last week, Sporting News said that Miami's two-year, $7.5 million contract with free agent first baseman Garrett Jones was "curious." Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

-Dolphins options, solutions to fix run defense; Dolphins, Heat, UM, Marlins chatter | Sports Buzz

An MLB source who has spent time with Giancarlo Stanton this offseason said he seems increasingly smitten with the Dodgers and the Hollywood lifestyle and part-time owner Magic Johnson and has buddied up with Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. The Dodgers are the front-runner to land him when he becomes a free agent after 2016. The Marlins very likely would consider dealing him next winter if he rejects an expected multiyear offer in the coming months.

-No, the Miami Marlins are not trading Giancarlo Stanton - FanSided - Sports News, Entertainment, Lifestyle & Technology - 240+ Sites

This rumor has largely been put to rest, but yesterday MLB.com writer Greg Johns was posed the question that was once a hot topic. Will the Miami Marlins trade Giancarlo Stanton? Johns covers the Seattle Mariners, who are in the mode of making splashy moves this off-season. It makes sense, then, that the Seattle fan base will be the last one to let the "trade for Stanton" dream die.

-Fishing the NL East: New York Mets Still a Fit for Stephen Drew? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

While most free agent bats have come off the market at this time, two big names are still awaiting to see what the market holds for them. One of them is Red Sox shortstop, Stephen Drew, who has also drawn interest from the New York Mets.

-Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #85 Hermida First at Bat - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Here comes Jeremy up for his first at bat ever in the majors, and what does he do? He sends that ball right over the wall at Joe Robbie Stadium (I know it wasn’t called Joe at that time but it will forever be known as that to me). He became the second player in Major League history to accomplish this feat! His first at bat was a grand slam!

-Video: Marlins host 40 RBI kids on Winter Workout Day | MLB.com

The Marlins hosted their RBI Winter Workout Day, inviting 40 of the program's most active and talented members to work out at Marlins Park.

Around The League

-Who will be MLB's next breakout pitching stars? | SportsonEarth.com : Jonathan Bernhardt Article

Every year the majors welcome a starting pitcher or two who show they can change the landscape of their division and help their team make an impact in the standings. Last year, it was Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez. Who will breakout in 2014?

-Minnesota Twins prospect Eddie Rosario receives 50-game suspension | twinsbaseball.com: News

Twins prospect Eddie Rosario has been handed a 50-game suspension without pay for a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

-Phillip Ervin's early returns already impressing Cincinnati Reds | reds.com: News

This may be the post-holiday season when some gift shoppers have buyer's remorse for spending too much and getting too little. For the Reds' scouting and development system, Christmas already came in June during the First-Year Player Draft. After what the Reds saw from their first 2013 first-round Draft pick last summer, Phillip Ervin, there was certainly no hint of buyer's remorse. They like their guy even more.

-Rays special assistant Rocco Baldelli enjoying latest chapter of his baseball life | raysbaseball.com: News

Things don't always turn out as planned. Just ask Rocco Baldelli. Fortunately for the former Rays standout, he's made the most of his situation and moved forward, making a successful transition from the playing field to the front office.

-Aubrey Huff announces retirement, will become Pac-12 Networks broadcaster | SFGiants.com: News

Two-time World Series champion Aubrey Huff has officially retired from baseball and will pursue a career in broadcasting with Pac-12 Networks, he told MLB Daily Dish.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins should pursue Andrew Bailey to shore up bullpen - Fish Stripes

Andrew Bailey isn't the top reliever on the free agency market because he suffered a season-ending injury in 2013, but he is a veteran pitcher who, if healthy, could add pride and promise to the back of the Marlins bullpen.

-Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' pitching expected to thrive in 2014 - Fish Stripes

After struggling to stay healthy in 2013, Manager Mike Redmond has high expectations for his club's starting rotation moving forward. Plus links on Jose Fernandez and Derek Dietrich.

-2014 Marlins Key Questions: Garrett Jones and platoon splits - Fish Stripes

Mike Redmond and the Miami Marlins are prepared to try Garrett Jones versus left-handed pitching. How much of a mistake is this?

-Miami Marlins add Taylor Harbin, Joe Benson on minor league deals - Fish Stripes

After filling several holes on the 25-man roster, the Miami Marlins have signed infielder Taylor Harbin and outfielder Joe Benson to minor league contracts over the past few days. Both signings are expected to give Miami minor league depth.

-This Day in Marlins History: Uggla gets extra contract year from Braves - Fish Stripes

Three years ago, Dan Uggla agreed to terms with the Atlanta Braves on a five-year contract extension.

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