On an almost weekly (and sometimes daily) basis lately there seems to be a new update on Giancarlo Stanton’s future with the Miami Marlins. Speculations range from he’ll decide after this season to the Marlins are working on a trade to he’s already decided on his destination once he becomes a free agent after 2016.
Surely the front office in Miami is aware that not all of these pitchers are going to be able to be fixtures in the Marlins staff for years to come. John Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that a trade could be done sooner rather than later.
Rafael Furcal says he thinks he'll be ready for Opening Day. But if his injured left hamstring continues to balk, the Marlins will turn to Plan B, which would be handing the starting duties at second to either Derek Dietrich or Donovan Solano. Furcal said Thursday the leg is feeling better but still doesn't know when he'll be able to return to game action. He said it's possible he'll play in a minor league game by the weekend and leadoff every inning as a designated hitter.
The Marlins have more starting pitchers than their are spots in the rotation in which to slot them. But that doesn't mean they're actively shopping any of them to ease the logjam. And one pitcher in particular -- Jacob Turner -- is not being dangled despite a report to the contrary.
With Rafael Furcal still unable to run because of his left hamstring, the Marlins concern over their second baseman is growing. "He’s still down," manager Mike Redmond said. "He’s still several days from being able to get out there and start running around."
Lefty starter Brad Hand's springboard inning came on March 10 against the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Bases loaded, no out, and Hand in succession struck out Curtis Granderson, Josh Stain and Travis d'Arnaud for the first of his three scoreless.
The final push for players to either make the Miami Marlins' 25-man roster or jockey for specific roles is reaching the endgame. Starting Thursday against the Cardinals, the Marlins have 11 Grapefruit League contests remaining and 39 players left in camp.Fifth starter, center field among hotly contested spots in Marlins camp - Sun Sentinel
The final push for players to either make the Miami Marlins' 25-man roster or jockey for specific roles is reaching the endgame. Starting Thursday against the Cardinals, the Marlins have 11 Grapefruit League contests remaining and 39 players left in camp.
Jake Marisnick is what teams refer to as a good problem in spring training. The young Marlin is making it difficult to rule him out for the starting job in center field. Marisnick's strong performance this spring is the reason players are penciled in to projected roles. Few big-league jobs are cast in stone.
A back field in a Minor League game isn't the ideal setting to determine who makes the club. In Tom Koehler's case, he didn't do anything to hurt his chances throwing in a scrimmage-like atmosphere.
Each day Rafael Furcal is not on the field puts in doubt whether the veteran will be ready for Opening Day. Furcal aggravated a left hamstring strain on March 15, and he is doing limited baseball activities. The Marlins are hopeful that the 36-year-old will soon begin his running progression.
After watching a three-run Marlins lead disappear, Marcell Ozuna provided a boost with a home run in the sixth inning that lifted Miami to a 4-3 win over the Cardinals on Thursday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium. It was the first spring homer for Ozuna, who has scuffled over the past few weeks, and it snapped a 3-3 deadlock. The drive to left came off reliever Scott McGregor.
A bad hop led to an unfortunate break for Marlins second baseman Derek Dietrich on Thursday afternoon. Dietrich sustained a non-displaced fracture to the top of his nose in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.
Around The League
The Angels have traded Mike Scioscia's son for Wayne Gretzky's son. Outfield prospect Trevor Gretzky, the son of the greatest hockey player of all time, was dealt Thursday from the Cubs to the Angels in exchange for first-base prospect Matt Scioscia, the son of the Angels' longtime manager and former Dodgers catcher.
Jose Fernandez was upbeat and ready to go when he took the hill Thursday, but shortly after stepping on the mound, the 21-year-old thought of fellow Cuban Aroldis Chapman and the danger of getting hit by a comebacker.
Prior to Thursday's game, manager Buck Showalter hadn't received any word on Manny Machado's appointment with a doctor on his left knee, although he won't be cleared to start playing in games when he returns.
At Fish Stripes
Andrew Heaney, the Marlins 2012 first-round pick, tops our list as the Marlins best prospect.
Star outfielder Gianacarlo Stanton recently said that he likes the Marlins' progression towards competitiveness but he still "needs a year" to determine if Miami is the best place for him long-term.
The Marlins position battle report gets a little more tense as we approach the stretch run for the Fish. Can Marcell Ozuna hold onto his center field job despite his struggles?
Former top prospect Marcell Ozuna's below-average Spring Training could potentially erase his projected spot as the team's starting center fielder. Plus links on Tom Koehler, Giancarlo Stanton and Andrew Heaney.