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Fish Bites: Marlins seeking ten more wins

After winning 77 games in 2014, the Marlins are looking to add ten wins in 2015. Plus links on offseason plans and possible free agent targets.

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-James Shields Rumors: An Ideal Candidate for the Marlins? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Pitching and defense have been the key ingredients for the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals to reach the 2014 World Series, which begins on Tuesday. For that reason, the Marlins are looking to emphasize those two areas for the upcoming season to better prepare themselves for a playoff run.

-Marlins Rumors: Justin Masterson a Target? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Miami Marlins will go into the off-season with starting pitching atop their wish list. The team has already been linked to James Shields as a potential target. However, the market for the elite starters, including Shields, is likely going to be out of the Marlins price range. Marlins.com’s Joe Frisaro mentions another name on the free agent market that could be intriguing for the team.

-Marlins Rumors: Michael Cuddyer A Target? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

t has been just a few weeks since the Marlins season ended, but Marlins fans are still engaged in making the Fish better for 2015. One astute Marlins’ fan asked Miami Marlins blogger Joe Frisaro what potential free agents Miami might pursue this offseason to provide some power behind Giancarlo Stanton, assuming of course Stanton is around the Fish next year.

-Miami's next challenge: Finding 10 more wins | marlins.com

Improving by 15 games returned the Marlins to respectability. To reach the postseason in 2015, the front office's next challenge is adding the pieces to pick up an additional 10 or so wins. The World Series-bound Giants did just that, going from 76-86 in 2013 to 88-74 and earning a Wild Card berth this season. For the Marlins to make a similar leap, they'll need their young core to keep progressing, along with addressing their needs.

Around The League

-Ranking the truest "franchise players" of all time. | SportsonEarth.com : Paul Casella Article

George Brett has been back in the public eye this October, and he is undoubtedly the Royals' all-time franchise player. How does one define a "franchise player?" Well, we used science to figure it out which legends stand out the most when compared to their franchise peers.

-Back to the start: Affeldt comes full circle | MLB.com

So much has happened for Jeremy Affeldt since he landed in San Francisco, it's as though his days of being signed, developed and brought to the Major Leagues by the Royals are a whole different career. And in a way, they are. It has been more than eight years since a trade from Kansas City sent his baseball life on a new path, and now Affeldt is headed to a third World Series in five seasons with the Giants, and his fourth overall since leaving the Royals. That Affeldt is traveling to Kansas City with the Giants for Game 1 of the 2014 World Series (4:30 p.m. PT air time on FOX, 5:07 p.m. PT first pitch) is nothing short of a full-circle experience for the 35-year-old reliever. The veteran lefty looks back on his Royals tenure with fondness in many ways, but painful moments from several injury-plagued years linger in his mind, too.

-Royals owner Glass sharing KC's pride, joy | MLB.com

KANSAS CITY -- Back in 1946, Royals owner David Glass was taken to a Major League Baseball game for the first time. It was at old Sportsman's Park in St. Louis and the Cardinals were playing the Brooklyn Dodgers.

-Past, present and Panda: Sandoval key to three Series teams | MLB.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- An unlit cigar dangled from Pablo Sandoval's mouth as he greeted well-wishers in the Giants' postgame clubhouse. Sandoval clutched a bottle of champagne in his left hand; two more poked out the back pockets of his uniform pants. He posed for pictures.

At Fish Stripes

-2014 Marlins Season Review: Giancarlo Stanton - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins got an MVP-caliber season from the team's best player, as Giancarlo Stanton delivered on an excellent season before a gruesome hit-by-pitch injury ended his year.

-Fish Bites: Jeffrey Loria confident in offseason strategy - Fish Stripes

Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is confident in the decision making of GM Dan Jennings and President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill. Plus links on Justin Nicolino and position grades.

-Giancarlo Stanton may receive no-trade clause - Fish Stripes

The Marlins are not known to give no-trade clauses to potential free agents or players they are looking to extend. But they may make an exception for Giancarlo Stanton.

-Marlins want to emulate Kansas City Royals' World Series defense - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins can take away one thing from the surprising Kansas City Royals run to the World Series: fielding and defense are important.