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Aaron Crow could compete for a rotation spot

The new acquired Crow could battle for a starting job this spring. Plus links on Miami's offseason plans and pursuit of a first baseman.

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-Marlins Free Agents Targets: Justin Masterson - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Marlins have been linked to one of the top free agent pitchers in James Shields. Nevertheless, some recent reports suggest that a deal with him is unlikely. Many still question how serious the Marlins are about spending to surround Giancarlo Stanton. A name that Marlins could look to bring in is Justin Masterson.

-Phil Coke Can Be Smart Addition to Marlins Bullpen - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Marlins have always had a problem with having sustained left handed pitching in the bullpen. Miami did have a lefty specialist in 2012 in Randy Choate, but traded him to the Dodgers in the Hanley Ramirez trade. Now the Marlins currently stand with left handers Mike Dunn and Dan Jennings.

-Royals ship Crow to Miami | The Miami Herald

The Kansas City Royals have traded reliever Aaron Crow to the Miami Marlins for a pair of minor league pitchers.

-Miami Marlins acquire Aaron Crow from Kansas City Royals - Sun Sentinel

The Marlins acquired right-hander Aaron Crow from the Royals for minor league left-hander Brian Flynn and right-hander Reid Redman. Regarded among the top college starters in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Crow went eighth to the Nationals but did not sign and opted for independent ball.

-Plan to pay for and sustain long-term success " The Fish Pond

Different times, different slogan. In the end, the Marlins ultimately hope to achieve the same objective. A catch phrase the front office is repeatedly using now is "sustained success." The mission is to retain their solid young core, and build upon it by spending smartly. The hope is the results on the field will do the talking, and the organization will be stocked with talent to remain playoff competitive for years to come. The structure of Giancarlo Stanton’s record-setting 13-year, $325 million contract gives flexibility to field a contender with a modest payroll.

-Early Hot Stove splashes with more to come in NL East |

The first few weeks of the Hot Stove season have been busy, but there is still plenty more action to come. Among NL East clubs, the Marlins made the boldest move of the winter thus far, coming to terms with Giancarlo Stanton on a contract extension potentially worth $325 million. We've also seen a major trade involving the Braves and a surprising signing by the Mets. Of course, we can expect the Phillies to be fielding plenty of trade offers for some of their accomplished veterans, and the Nationals will be looking to beef up one of baseball's deep rosters.

-Marlins acquire righty Crow from Royals |

The Marlins on Friday parted with some pitching prospects to bolster their bullpen, as they acquired right-hander Aaron Crow from the Royals for Brian Flynn and Reid Redman.

Around The League

-A's may have Shark bait dangling for possible trade |

OAKLAND -- Less than 24 hours after parting with All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson, shipped to Toronto on Friday evening for four players in a blockbuster trade, the A's appear primed to continue dealing. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija has been at the forefront of a flurry of continuing trade rumors involving the Athletics, with multiple reports linking the pitcher to both the White Sox and Braves.

-'Shocked' Donaldson glad to be with Blue Jays |

TORONTO -- Josh Donaldson insists he never saw it coming, and while the shock has yet to completely wear off, the All-Star third baseman has lofty expectations for his new home. Toronto and Oakland stole all the headlines late Friday night when the two sides agreed to a blockbuster five-player trade. Donaldson headed to the Blue Jays, and a package including Brett Lawrie was sent to the A's in one of the most unexpected deals of the offseason.

-November was big, but December could be huge |

There was no November lull in Major League Baseball this year. None whatsoever. We're still a week away from the start of the Winter Meetings, and we've already seen multiple prominent free agents (Pablo Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez, Russell Martin, Victor Martinez, Adam LaRoche, Michael Cuddyer, Billy Butler and Cuban import Yasmany Tomas, to name a few) come off the board, a couple blockbuster trades (involving Josh Donaldson and Jason Heyward), the largest contractual guarantee in the history of American professional sports ($325 million to Giancarlo Stanton) and a major managerial move (Joe Maddon to the Cubs).

-Rumor roundup: Orioles, Dodgers have discussed Kemp |

Earlier in November, it looked likely that free agent Nick Markakis would re-sign with Orioles, who also could bring back fellow outfielder Nelson Cruz. But with Baltimore's chances of retaining Markakis now appearing less certain, the club could be eyeing alternatives, as well as searching for leverage in those negotiations. A report indicated just that on Sunday, saying that the Orioles not only are talking with free agent Torii Hunter, but also have discussed a Matt Kemp trade with the Dodgers.

At Fish Stripes

-Marlins acquire Aaron Crow from Kansas City - Fish Stripes

Miami sent Reid Redman and Brian Flynn to the Royals in exchange for reliever Aaron Crow on Friday afternoon.

-Revising the 2015 Marlins Offseason Plan - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins made a major move to sign Giancarlo Stanton and open up significant salary space for the Fish this offseason. That means we too should tweak the Marlins Offseason Plan.

-Allen Craig first base candidate for Marlins - Fish Stripes

The Marlins have been linked to several bats this offseason, and Allen Craig could be a reasonable trade target for a club looking for an upgrade.

-Marlins sign Reid Brignac - Fish Stripes

The Marlins signed the utility infielder to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. Plus links on Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Miami's first base search.