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Fish Bites: Loria Still Penny-Pinching?

If you don't like Jeffrey Loria and his penny-pinching ways, you may have to wait a while to see him go, at least according to him. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
If you don't like Jeffrey Loria and his penny-pinching ways, you may have to wait a while to see him go, at least according to him. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Marlins finally got camp officially started last week, and with everybody (except Juan Oviedo) happy and reporting and getting along well, you had to figure some people would still have to be downers about the Marlins. Let's check out the week that was in links.

- According to the new collective bargaining agreement, the minimum salary for major leaguers was raised to $480,000. The fact that the Marlins are using that mandatory raise to make up for the raise they would typically give to pre-arbitration players is actually angering the Player's Association. Personally, I don't see what the big deal is here, as players are still getting raises nonetheless. This isn't penny-pinching so much as it is giving them what they were going to get before.

- Of course, Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation sees the move as shortsighted and one that could possibly hurt them from re-signing talent like Mike Stanton long-term. I disagree, as the Marlins are likely to offer boatloads of money to a guy like Stanton in the hopes of him one day signing with the team long-term. He is more likely to forget a $300,000 raise in the face of millions in the future.

- After all of the hype of the Marlins' offseason and the presence of multiple backloaded contracts, one would be right to be afraid that Jeffrey Loria was merely cashing a check he knew he would not have to pay. But if you believe his words at face value, he says he'll never leave the team.

- Earlier this week, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers was acquitted of his substance abuse suspension. Marlins first baseman Gaby Sanchez knew it all along.

- The Marlins want their starters to emulate Mark Buehrle and his propensity for 200-plus inning seasons. Of course, it would be nice if the Fish could get 200 innings from each starter, because it almost certainly means those pitchers were effective, but let us hope for health before milestones.

- You know what Greg Dobbs thinks about the Marlins? He thinks if the team stays healthy, they will be in the postseason. I wish I shared your optimism Greg, but I don't think that's the case for certain, though it is definitely a real possibility.

- If you didn't catch it earlier this week, Marc Hulet of FanGraphs has his opinion on the Marlins' top 10 prospects.

- A lot of Marlins are looking forward to 2012 and trying to forget the past, but one of them who is especially interested in this is Scott Cousins, who wants to put the Buster Posey episode behind him. Apparently, Posey wasn't the only one who struggled during the ordeal, as Cousins was facing numerous death threats and depression after the situation. Hopefully, he bounces back in a nice way in 2012.

- Speaking of looking forward to 2012, you've seen the Fish Stripes Marlins Season Preview plan. Well, Marlin Maniac has a plan for this upcoming season as well. Check it out!

Around the League

- Earlier today, you saw the Ryan Zimmerman extension in the context of a future Hanley Ramirez deal. But a number of players also signed extensions, including two five-year pacts by catchers Yadier Molina of the Cardinals and Salvador Perez of the Royals.

- The Houston Astros have decided to move starter Brett Myers back to the closer role. One has to wonder why this is.

- If you were wondering how one would rank the various broadcasters around MLB, Carson Cistuli of FanGraphs has you covered. The Marlins' silly tandem of Rich Waltz (decent) and Tommy Hutton (often times unbearable to me) landed 16th, which is higher than I expected.

At Fish Stripes

- If you haven't begun to catch the best of the Marlins Season Preview series, take a look at the previews for catcher, first base, and second base now!

- And if you have not caught our weekend work, check out the latest in Wild Pitch! and vote on why you love Mike Stanton so much.