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Fish Bites: Offseason targets acquired

While the baseball world waits for the Winter Meetings in early December, the Marlins are preparing to make some minor moves of their own. This edition of Fish Bites features potential deals surrounding Scott Sizemore, Phil Hughes and Mike Napoli.

Jim Rogash

Miami Marlins expected to give Scott Sizemore plenty of consideration - Sun Sentinel

After being cut by the Oakland A's last week, the injury prone Scott Sizemore could possibly an option for Miami as they look to beef up the depth in their middle infield.

Miami Marlins having a great offseason? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More.

While the Marlins are continuing to hold back in terms of adding new pieces to help with the "on-field" product, Yahoo writer Jeff Passan praises the team on their ability to add fresh and new talent for the front-office.

Marlins pitchers and catchers begin spring workouts Feb. 16 - Sun Sentinel

While the winter months are just starting out (at least for this Wisconsin guy) but Marlins fans can already look forward to the extended future as the team announced that their spring training will start on February 16th.

Mike Napoli on Miami Marlins Radar? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

It would honestly be amazing if Miami had the opportunity to acquire Mike Napoli but it seems to be highly unlikely. As Chris Logel mentioned in the linked post, it appears that the team surrounding Napoli are using the Marlins as a bargaining chip for the other teams who are looking at the veteran catcher.

Phil Hughes: Buy-Low Option for Miami Marlins - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Over the weekend, the Marlins have apparently shown interest in starter Phil Hughes who is coming off of his worst season of his career.

Around the League

The slippery slope of the Selig era - Baseball Nation

With Bud Selig on the verge of retirement, the folks at Baseball Nation looked at some of the more notable moves of the Selig era. Not only that but they also examine the result of that move and the future it could still bring to the game.

Is R.A Dickey even better than we thought? - Baseball Nation

The 2013 campaign for R.A Dickey was disappointing to most as the veteran knuckleballer had an above average 2.0 WAR. Rob Neyer and FanGraphs' Christopher Carruthers collaborated on a project called "The Dickey Effect" which judges the effect that Dickey has on the relief pitchers that follow him.

BBWAA Releases Ridiculously Crowded HOF Ballot | FanGraphs Baseball

Yes, it's that time of the year again where the majority of the baseball loving world predicts the names of the probable HOF nominees to only be disappointed by the stubborn BBWAA.

Q&A: Nolan Arenado, a Gold Glove Rockie Talks Hitting | FanGraphs Baseball

One of my personal favorite infielders in the league, Gold Glove winning third baseman Nolan Arenado talks about his approach to the offensive end as he tries to improve from his mediocre .267/.301/.405 slash.

Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever | FanGraphs Baseball

Candidate for "Most Boring Name in Baseball" signed a hearty three-year, $15.75 million dollar deal with the Angels. FanGraphs' Matt Klaassen tries to look past his name and examines his overall value for the LA Angels.

At Fish Stripes

Marlins news: Marlins hire scouts Jeff McAvoy, Mike Berger to front office - Fish Stripes

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Miami Marlins have made a few strong offseason moves in adding scouts Jeff McAvoy and Mike Berger, all aimed at bolstering their front office department.

Miami Marlins free agent target: Phil Hughes - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins could pursue Phil Hughes, and it could allow them to secure their rotation after a trade of one of their young pitchers.

Marlins' top five prospect tools: Fastball Velocity - Fish Stripes

The top five fastball's, in terms of pure velocity, amongst Marlins' minor league pitchers.

Marlins rumors: Miami, Mike Napoli have mutual interest - Fish Stripes

Free agent first baseman Mike Napoli is one of the better names on the market, and he and the Miami Marlins may have some mutual interest.

This Day In Marlins History: Delgado traded to Mets in 2005 - Fish Stripes

On this day in team history, first baseman Carlos Delgado was traded to the Mets just one season after the Marlins signed the slugger as a free agent. Ownership portrayed the deal as part of a "market correction," along with the trade that sent Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox.