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Fish Bites: Marlins willing to increase payroll for Abreu signing

The Miami Marlins are reportedly willing to significantly increase their payroll if they can lure Jose Abreu to Miami. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Logan Morrison, and Josh Wall.

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-Jose Abreu: To Sign or Not To Sign Part 2 - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Marlins finished last in the league in runs with 513 and were shut out a league leading 18 times. At the workout Abreu showed a nice easy swing in which the ball flew off the bat. Do the Marlins need this bat?

-Marlins Way: Vote Logan Morrison for the 2013 Roberto Clemente Award - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Miami Marlins first-baseman Logan Morrison is in the running for a very prestigious award. He is the Marlins representative for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2013.

-Low payroll teams in playoffs -- or not | Fish Bytes

ith the Rays punching their playoff ticket by taking out Texas in Monday's tiebreaker, three of the five teams with the lowest payrolls -- Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Oakland -- defied the odds to reach October while the biggest spender, the New York Yankees, are watching from home. Then again, it can also be said that the teams with the two lowest Opening Day payrolls in the majors -- the Marlins and Astros -- got what they paid for and ended up with the two worst records. Each lost at least 100 games.

-Greg Stoda: Jeffrey Loria names new baseball execs, but he has... |

As franchise rejuvenations take root across the baseball landscape – from Pittsburgh to Cleveland to Kansas City – the Marlins remain wanderers.

-Miami Marlins lose big -- and fast -- in 2013 - Sun Sentinel

The Miami Marlins lost big this season, totaling a triple-figure total for just the second time in franchise history. At least they lost fast. According to stats man David Feldman, the Marlins over their 1,509 innings played (IP) had the shortest average time of inning (TOI) at 19.0 minutes among National League teams and third-shortest in the majors behind the Blue Jays (18.9) and Royals (19.1). Guess you can look at that in a couple of ways. The glass-half-full view is Marlins' pitchers didn't give up many big innings and manager Mike Redmond wasn't forced to make countless mid-ininng pitching changes.

-Angels claim Josh Wall off of Marlins' waivers | News

Josh Wall's tenure with the Marlins has ended without the right-hander never having even thrown a pitch at the big league level for the organization. The Angels on Friday claimed the 26-year-old off waivers, freeing up a 40-man roster spot for Miami. Wall made six big league relief appearances for the Dodgers this past season, giving up 14 earned runs in seven innings.

-Miami Marlins attend workout in pursuit of Jose Dariel Abreu | News

The Marlins' search for an impact power bat took them to the Dominican Republic earlier in the week. Team representatives attended the two-day workouts of Cuban first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu, who recently was declared a free agent. According to a league source, the Marlins have serious interest, and they plan to present a substantial offer for the 26-year-old. Abreu was impressive in front of the scouts and evaluators, demonstrating his power in batting practice and in two scrimmages. In his first at-bat, he belted an opposite-field home run, and he showed his ability to hit the ball to all fields.

-D-backs claim pitcher Alex Sanabia off waivers from Marlins | News

Alex Sanabia, who opened the season in the Marlins' rotation, was claimed off waivers on Friday by the D-Backs. A San Diego native, Sanabia was 3-7 with a 4.88 ERA in 10 starts for Miami. The 25-year-old righty was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 27 with right groin discomfort. He never returned, and on July 23, he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Around The League

-Don Mattingly has to learn from his mistakes. | : Jon Weisman Article

Consider this a public service announcement for all playoff managers: The ability to adjust during the playoffs could make the difference between first-round elimination and the World Series -- and between a manager getting the ax or adulation in October.

-Resilient Pittsburgh Pirates refuse to be kept down | News

Like any ordinary band of pirates looking for buried treasure, the Pirates hit a lot of dead ends on their search for the gateway to the postseason. But these Pirates have spent the season coming out alive from the most dire circumstances.

-Richard Justice: Jacoby Ellsbury drives relentless Red Sox offense | News

Jacoby Ellsbury was at the forefront of the Red Sox offense again in Saturday night's 7-4 victory over the Rays. Boston's leadoff hitter had three hits and scored three runs to help the Red Sox take control of the ALDS.

-Oakland A's make smart move with rookie Sonny Gray in ALDS | News

The decision by the A's baseball people to start rookie right-hander Sonny Gray against the Tigers in Game 2 of their American League Division Series on Saturday night was certainly a prescient one.

At Fish Stripes

-This Day In Marlins History: Adam Greenberg makes long-awaited return to Majors - Fish Stripes

On this day in team history, in 2012, Adam Greenberg made his first plate appearance since getting hit in the head by the very first pitch he saw in his Major League career as a rookie in 2005.

-Fish Bites: Jake Marisnick has torn meniscus repaired - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins outfielder Jake Marisnick recently had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez, Ryan Webb, and A.J. Ramos.

-2013 Marlins What Went Right: Cishek and the bullpen - Fish Stripes

Like the Miami Marlins' starting pitchers, Steve Cishek and the rest of the 2013 bullpen were among the positives the club had in 2013.

-Jose Abreu rumors: Marlins expected to make serious offer - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have serious interest in Cuban prospect Jose Abreu and are expected to make an offer for the newly minted free agent.

-Steve Cishek rumors: Possible trade bait for Marlins' offense? - Fish Stripes's Joe Frisaro mentioned the possibility of the Miami Marlins trading closer Steve Cishek as part of a package to bring in offensive help. Would this be a good move?