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Fish Bites: War of the Pitchers

As Spring Training wares on, there's a war for roster spots in both the starting rotation and bullpen. Keep up to the date with those continuing battles, latest in the MLB and more with this edition of Fish Bites.

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Miami Marlins: Lefty Brian Flynn stays relevant in fifth starter race - Sun Sentinel

After a spectacular three scoreless inning performance against the Boston Red Sox. Despite an abysmal stint with the big league club in September, Flynn is still in the race to grab the final starter spot in the Marlins rotation.

PORT ST. LUCIE: Miami Marlins' Steve Cishek knows pressure of being the closer - Miami Marlins -

Nearly two years after taking control of Miami's closing spot, Steve Cishek still feels the pressure of being the top reliever on a rebuilding team.

Miami Marlins: Saltalamacchia, Mathis rate favorably in framing pitches - Sun Sentinel

In a recent Baseball Prospectus piece that investigated catchers' ability to frame pitchers, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Mathis rank pretty favorably. The ability to frame pitches works around how a catcher can accumulate extra pitches.

JUPITER: Henry Rodriguez, Carter Capps among candidates for open Miami Marlins bullpen spots - Miami Marlins -

Besides a small amount of relievers (CIshek, Dunn, Ramos and Marmol) already having guaranteed spots in Miami's bullpen, a handful of players remain on the verge of taking one of the remaining spots.

Marlins Spring Training Competition: Tom Koehler Locking Down Fifth Rotation Spot? - Marlin Maniac

While Brian Flynn remains in contention for the coveted fifth spot in Miami's starting rotation, Marlin Maniac's Ehsan Kassim pegs Tom Koehler to fit that role. In 7 innings, Koehler has had a solid 1.29 ERA with 6 strikeouts.

Around The League

Barry Bonds, your all-time NBA home run leader hey wait what -

Controversial home-run king Barry Bonds has recently signed on with the Giants to be their Spring Training hitting instructor. Of course, the Worldwide Leader made a little mistake with their coverage on the controversial figure as they put him as the top home-run hitter in NBA history. Sorry, Dick Groat.

Ervin Santana free agency: Searching for the best destination -

As we move closer to the start of the season, Ervin Santana is still in search of a home for 2014. After demanding a pretty large deal at the start of the offseason, the 31-year-old Santana is only pursuing a one-year deal. SBNation's Matt Sullivan looks at some of the teams rumored to be interested and where would be the best destination for the veteran starter.

With Andy Dirks gone, Tigers one injury from broken outfield -

SBNation's Cee Angi explores one of the flaws when a team has an apparent influx at a certain position. After having a lot of depth in the outfield during the early parts of the 2014 season, a variety of different transactions or injuries has lead to Detroit having a small outfield issue as they head into the 2014 season.

2014 Strength of Schedule, Projected | FanGraphs

Based on projected team WAR, FanGraphs created a graph that orders the overall strength of schedule for every single MLB team.

Pitching injuries and the Brave new world -

The Braves' pitchers are dropping like pitchers, and it's almost impossible to watch.

At Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia contributing in pitch framing - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia in large part for his offensive contributions and power bat, but there may be a hidden benefit for his work behind the plate that can help the Marlins' young pitchers continue to develop well and post good numbers.

Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors: Stanton to Red Sox a good move? - Fish Stripes

The latest rumor mill rumblings regarding a potential Giancarlo Stanton trade target include the Boston Red Sox. Would they be a good fit, and what could they offer to Miami?

Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview: Nathan Eovaldi - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are banking on two other young starters to continue delivering after strong 2013 seasons. Up first is the player with the most potential between the two, fireballing right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

Miami Marlins' lineup criticized by Red Sox owner after roster controversy - Fish Stripes

After the Marlins publicly complained about the minor league lineup the Red Sox used in a game last Thursday, Boston owner John Henry openly defamed Miami's own starting lineup.

Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview: Jose Fernandez - Fish Stripes

With the position players down, Fish Stripes turns its attention to previewing the Miami Marlins' potent pitching staff. First on the dockett is the best and the brightest of the bunch, 21-year-old phenom starter Jose Fernandez.