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Fish Bites: Stanton earns three GIBBY nominations

Giancarlo Stanton picked up three of the Marlins' eight GIBBY nominations. Plus links on Rafael Furcal and Stanton contract talks.

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-Marlins 2014 Position Review: Closer

Steve Cishek was coming off a break out 2013 season, in which he set the Marlins’ franchise record for consecutive saves for a 100-loss team. He posted 2.1 WAR, and received a nice raise in arbitration. The side winder was looking to build on his breakout campaign, and assert himself as one of the top closers in the league.

-Giancarlo Stanton Update: How Much Will Marlins Offer? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Recently the New York Post’s Joel Sherman wrote an article outlining why $30 million dollars a year may not be enough to sign Giancarlo Stanton to a long-term deal. This is interesting because many of the numbers that we have heard have been around the $25 million dollar range, which in itself is an extravagant amount of money for the Miami Marlins. Here is what Sherman is thinking about the contract comparison.

-Marlins' Stanton expects to have normal offseason |

Stanton was struck under the left eye by a fastball from Milwaukee's Mike Fiers on Sept. 11, ending his season. He sustained facial fractures, dental damage, cuts that required stitches and two black eyes. The outfielder attended Game 4 of the World Series on Saturday to accept the Hank Aaron Award, given by Major League Baseball to the top offensive performer in each league. He did not appear to have any signs of black eyes.

-Three Miami Marlins declare for free agency - Sun Sentinel

ree Miami Marlins eligible for free agency declared Thursday. Right-handers Kevin Gregg and Brad Penny, second baseman Rafael Furca and utility man Reed Johnson are part of the initial pool. Free agents can begin signing with teams Tuesday. The Marlins won’t be making qualifyinng offers to any of their free agents. A qualifying offer is a one-year deal for the the average of the top 125 salaries the previous season (about $15 million).

-Marlins prospect Ellington selected to Fall Stars Game |

From top to bottom in their organization, the Marlins feel they have high-end pitching depth. On Monday, one of their Advanced Class A Jupiter right-handers was recognized for his standout performances in the Arizona Fall League. Brian Ellington has been selected to represent the Marlins on the East Division squad in the Fall Stars Game on Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Ariz. The East manager will be Andy Haines, the skipper of Miami's Triple-A New Orleans affiliate.

-Stanton picks up three of Marlins' eight GIBBY nominations |

Although an errant fastball brought his season to a painfully premature end, Giancarlo Stanton spent most of 2014 putting a hurting on opponents. That damage was enough to earn the slugger three nominations for's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Awards out of the eight collected by the Marlins. Stanton, who suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage when he was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch on Sept. 11, is one of 10 Major Leaguers nominated for the MLB MVP GIBBY. He's also up for honors in the Hitter and Walk-Off categories.

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-Giants' latest title offers questions, answers |

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At Fish Stripes

-2014 Marlins Season Review: Tom Koehler - Fish Stripes

Tom Koehler was a surprisingly solid contributor to the Marlins in 2014, as he survived a 191-inning season with decent numbers and momentum heading into next year.

-Marlins 'fully committed' to signing Giancarlo Stanton long term - Fish Stripes

Miami has publicly expressed a desire to hold onto its star right fielder. But according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, there may not be any updates until a deal is done or not done.

-Fish Bites: Will Cishek Be In Miami In 2015 - Fish Stripes

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-2014 Marlins Season Review: The other starting pitchers - Fish Stripes

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-Reed Johnson among Marlins to elect free agency - Fish Stripes

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