While no official reason for the visit has been given, it is very easy to start connecting a few pieces together. Is Jeter continuing his farewell tour to stadiums he didn’t visit in the 2014 season, or could he be looking to add Minority Owner to his already legendary resume?
With the recent acquisitions of Ike Davis and Billy Butler, the Oakland Athletics might be willing to deal their slugging first baseman. The 31-year-old Moss has spent the past three seasons in Oakland and has hit above 20 home runs in each of them. In 2014 he hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBIs.
Reeling in veteran hitters has never been the Marlins strong suit, and Reed Johnson was the latest failed project in 2014. Johnson was signed to a minor league contract last winter, and played so well in spring training that he wound up making the team.
Right-handers Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Aaron Crow and Steve Cishek, left-hander Mike Dunn, and third baseman Casey McGehee can file for arbitration starting Jan. 13 if they do not come to terms before then.
Miami's mission to keep its young nucleus together is well underway. The club, which recently made a huge splash by signing Giancarlo Stanton, is trying to keep four more core players long term. MLB.com has confirmed the Marlins have presented the frameworks of offers to Jose Fernandez, Adeiny Hechavarria and Christian Yelich.
As expected, the Marlins tendered contracts to all six of their arbitration-eligible players before Tuesday's 11:59 p.m. ET deadline. The decision means the club now has secured the services of Steve Cishek, Casey McGehee, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Mike Dunn and the newly acquired Aaron Crow for 2015.
The Marlins shocked the sports world on Nov. 19 when they signed Giancarlo Stanton to a record-setting 13-year, $325 million contract. Next on the team's agenda is putting enough pieces around its two-time All-Star right fielder to become a serious contender in 2015.
Houston's allotted bonus pool for the first 10 rounds should be in the neighborhood of $18 million, topping the previous record of $14.2 million that the Marlins had last year before trading a supplemental first-round pick to the Pirates.
Derek Jeter to buy the Miami Marlins? http://t.co/RVKuiHX9qo— Jorge Sedano (@SedanoESPN) December 5, 2014
marlins interested in headley but word of alleged massive $65M offer elsewhere has derailed pursuit. http://t.co/71V1MnEoJd— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 5, 2014
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Really, for all the talk we spew at you about the value of face-to-face interactions, the Winter Meetings are often much ado about very little. That said, there was so much November activity in the bats department that clubs will be forced to get creative in San Diego.
A number of the top free-agent hitters have already found new homes this offseason, including Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, both of whom signed with the Red Sox. As a result, it appears the Hot Stove market is heating up for Chase Headley. Interested clubs are being told the free-agent third baseman has received a four-year contract offer worth about $65 million, according to Yahoo! Sports, though its report doesn't specify which team made the offer.
SEATTLE -- When they signed Robinson Cano a year ago to one of the richest contracts in Major League history, the Mariners got more than just the game's premier second basemen. Turns out they also landed a first-class recruiter and drawing card for other talented players. That impact became apparent Thursday when slugger Nelson Cruz, a long-time friend of Cano and fellow Dominican standout, finalized his four-year, $58 million deal to join a Seattle club looking to continue its rise in the American League West.
Rarely do the Tigers head into the Winter Meetings without an underlying rumor to track. In that sense the Yoenis Cespedes sweepstakes arrives right on time.
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The club is looking to add a front of the rotation arm, and Peavy could be just that.
The Marlins already supposedly offered Jose Fernandez a six-year contract worth $40 million, and they may be offering deals to other players soon. What would a contract to Christian Yelich look like?
Over the past few weeks, the Marlins have been linked to a bevy of possible trade targets. On this piece, we look at Orioles' slugger Chris Davis.
The Miami Marlins think Adeiny Hechavarria is a building-block defensive piece for the franchise. What kind of extension could they offer to a player with his skills?
Miami will make moves to protect Giancarlo Stanton in the lineup and improve the rotation when the Winter Meetings start this Sunday.