Let’s start on the Miami side of the deal. Nathan Eovaldi will most likely be the big piece involved in any deal the Marlins make in pursuit of a first baseman via the trade market. There has been speculation that the Marlins cannot deal Eovaldi if Dan Haren decides to retire.
The answer to that is simple enough. They are not shoring up their depth chart, but the "trust" bank. The same one they’ve bankrupted repeatedly over the years through fire sales & market corrections. Their end game:? increased revenue through an enhanced TV contract. Their current deal, signed with Fox Sports in 2012, pays the team about 14 million dollars. "We have the worst TV revenue in baseball, and we have another two or three years to go before we can negotiate that," Loria said back in 2013.
The Marlins love Morneau, but declined Colorado’s initial request for Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria ran the bases at Yankee Stadium like a giddy schoolboy after his team won Game 6 and the 2003 World Series. A lasting memory of that team for Loria was how it ran the bases – namely the 1-2 duo of Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo. He wanted to redo that top of his lineup, which is why Miami obtained Dee Gordon from the Dodgers to leadoff in front of the emerging Christian Yelich.
The excitement did not last. Not long after Gordon represented the Dodgers at a charity event, he learned that the team had traded him to the Miami Marlins. "I was definitely surprised," Gordon said Thursday. "I was happy about the Jimmy Rollins deal. Then I found out I got traded."
Before I describe this trip, I first have to say that this has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. When I first got the email asking if I wanted to go, I hesitated at first since the offseason is so short and you want to spend as much time as you can with your family and loved ones. But after thinking about it for a day I decided that this was an opportunity that I could not pass up on. This was an opportunity to give back to the men and women who put their lives on the line so I can play the game I love every day.
Fresh off their respective promotions to president of baseball operations and general manager, Michael Hill and Dan Jennings were tasked in 2014 with re-tooling a 100-loss team that featured one of the worst offenses in baseball history.
The operation was a success, and now the recovery begins for Marlins manager Mike Redmond. Redmond on Friday underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon he sustained while playing tennis recently. Full recovery is about 10 weeks, but the Marlins manager will be ready for Spring Training in mid-February.
At the Winter Meetings, the Marlins came away with a second baseman, a couple of starters and plenty of answers about how the roster will shape up heading into Spring Training. Over four days in San Diego, the front office covered a lot of ground and enriched their chances to challenge in the National League East. But more work still needs to be done, like finding a power bat while sorting out the rotation.
scott sizemore agrees to minor-league deal with marlins. @ChrisCotillo 1st mentioned— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2014
Around The League
So your favorite baseball team didn't land Melky Cabrera, and you're wondering how that hole in the lineup is going to get filled. You've come to the right place, friend. Here's a name to pass along to your general manager. Trust me when I tell you this is someone you'll love: Allen Craig.
CHICAGO -- The 2014-15 offseason has become the holiday gift that keeps on giving for the White Sox fan base. Melky Cabrera became the latest present, as the switch-hitting outfielder agreed with the White Sox on a three-year contract worth between $42 million and $43.5 million, a Major League source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez early Sunday morning. The club has not confirmed the agreement.
SEATTLE -- Melky Cabrera, the free-agent outfielder expected by many to wind up with the Mariners this offseason, instead opted to sign with the White Sox late Saturday night. And that might push Seattle more toward available trade options as general manager Jack Zduriencik looks to fill a right-field vacancy. Cabrera's deal is for three years and will pay $42 million, a source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez, though it hasn't been announced by the White Sox.
One of these days, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is going to take his foot off the accelerator, isn't he? As holiday shoppers go, he and the White Sox suddenly seem tireless.
At Fish Stripes
On Wednesday morning, the Marlins acquired Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds. The following piece showcases some of the most notable reactions from around the internet.
Miami lost Canha to the Rockies on Thursday. Plus links on Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, and Andre Rienzo.
The Miami Marlins got Dee Gordon because of his speed, but players of his type have very little in upside and hold a lot of downside to their game.
The club addressed several needs, but is still looking for a first baseman this offseason.