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Miami Marlins looking to define bench roles

According to's Joe Frisaro, the club is seeking a fourth outfielder heading into Spring Training. Plus links on Dan Haren and the Marlins' 2014 campaign.

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-Below surface, positives in Marlins' 2014 season |

From the first day of Spring Training, when seemingly no one else believed, the Marlins did. A quiet confidence filtered down from upper management into the clubhouse that 2014 was going to be an eventful season for a team coming off 100 losses. President of baseball operations Michael Hill, general manager Dan Jennings and manager Mike Redmond implemented a new clubhouse culture in which everybody would be accountable and pull together.

-Marlins looking to fill bench roles

Barring anything unforeseen, the Marlins' everyday lineup is pretty much set after a series of offseason moves that brought in three new regulars. When it comes to the bench, however, it's a different story.

The front office still has some unfinished business when it comes to finding a fourth outfielder and a left-handed hitter who can play a corner-infield spot. There are several internal candidates, but chances are the team will make another move or two before Spring Training to strengthen the overall roster.

Broward College coach thinks Mat Latos can win Cy Young

Broward College baseball coach Bob Deutschman, who coached recent Miami Marlins acquisition Mat Latos

before he entered the majors, doesn’t take any credit for the pitcher Latos has become.

-Prospect Profile: Luis Castillo

Sure, the name is very familiar with Marlins fans, but no, the team did not re-acquire the one-time second baseman of the Florida Marlins. No, THIS Luis Castillo was the second player minor league prospect involved in the recent trade between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants, that sent National League Comeback Player of the Year, Casey McGehee to the Bay Area, so recently acquired Martin Prado could slide in to the third base spot for the Fish.

-Does a C.J. Wilson for Dan Haren Trade Make Sense? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

It’s obvious that Dan Haren has zero interest in pitching in Miami in 2015. Reportedly, he is holding out hope for the Marlins to send him back to the West Coast, preferably to either to the Padres or Angels.

-How has this offseason compared with 2012? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

In December 2011, the Miami Marlins set out to make a splash. After unveiling a new logo, new uniforms and a shiny new ballpark the month before, a new era of baseball in Miami was promised by owner Jeffrey Loria. At the Winter Meetings that offseason, the team made that splash and a flurry of signings and trades soon followed in what turned out to be a significant reshaping of the roster.

Around The League

-Phillies reportedly sign Wandy to Minors deal |

The Phillies and veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez agreed to a Minor League contract on Saturday, according to The reported deal is pending a physical, and the Phillies have not commented.

-Mind over matter: Bauer goes high-tech in offseason regimen |

CLEVELAND -- Trevor Bauer craves information. He enjoys diving head first into data, reading scientific articles and searching for technological advancements that might help him further his own research into enhancing his pitching mechanics, velocity and production. This offseason, Bauer embarked on his annual information-gathering tour armed with nearly a full sample of Major League innings to analyze. The young right-hander spent nearly the entire 2014 season in Cleveland's rotation, experiencing enough ups and downs to provide him with a platform from which to build. Bauer did not want to waste any time in getting started.

-Banner season for baseball in the Beltways |

Sure, Baltimore is a great baseball town. Been one seemingly forever. Love them Birds, hon. It's a place where the franchise's legends are identified by their first names or maybe their nicknames.

-West is best: California teams primed to shine |

Baseball in the Golden State of California never has been so, well, golden. Coming off a 2014 season that seemingly couldn't get any better -- with four of the state's five teams making the postseason and the amazing Giants winning another World Series -- promise of an even more fascinating 2015 is in the cards. The Padres no longer are the overlooked fifth wheel down by the border. They are most assuredly relevant, thanks to a stunning series of moves by new general manager A.J. Preller surrounding the industry's blockbuster Winter Meetings staged in their glorious city.

At Fish Stripes

-Marlins sign Vinny Rottino to minor league deal - Fish Stripes

The 34-year old outfielder played in Korea and Japan the last teo seasons. Plus links on Preston Claiborne and the Marlins' bench.

-The Marlins' issue if they are forced to trade Dan Haren - Fish Stripes

Dan Haren may not be a great starting pitcher, but the Miami Marlins' depleted depth at the position means that the fifth rotation spot may be a blank spot for the first half of 2015 if he refuses to play in Miami.

-Home Run Sculpture was used Monday - Fish Stripes

The sculpture was used for the Miami Beach Bowl last Monday afternoon.

-Updating the Marlins' payroll situation - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins had a target payroll budget, but they have seemingly gone way past it. Or have they? Let's delve into their books again.