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Fish Bites: Marcell Ozuna Losing Track of Starting Gig?

Former top prospect Marcell Ozuna's below-average Spring Training could potentially erase his projected spot as the team's starting center fielder. Plus links on Tom Koehler, Giancarlo Stanton and Andrew Heaney.


Miami Marlins: First-rounders Heaney, Moran among second round of cuts - Sun Sentinel

Despite their untapped potential as former first-round picks, Andrew Heaney and Colin Moran have been cut by Miami's big league club. With that in mind, Marlins manager Mike Redmond praises Heaney's continued improvement during Spring Training.

Miami Marlins: Spring numbers alone won't determine Marcell Ozuna's fate - Sun Sentinel

While Jake Marisnick has played considerably better than Ozuna during Spring Training, manager Mike Redmond is still optimistic about the prospect's chances to make the Opening Day roster.

Koehler appears to have slight edge over Hand for fifth starter's spot | Fish Bytes

As we near the start of Spring Training, it appears that Tom Koehler has the edge over Brad Hand for Miami's fifth starter spot. Koehler is slated to have an extremely important five-inning start against the Tigers on Wednesday.

Giancarlo Stanton: 'Need A Season' Before Committing To Marlins | Miami Marlins |

In a smart, cerebral move from Giancarlo Stanton, the right-handed slugger is going to observe the progress that the Marlins make in 2014 before making a definite decision about his future with the club. While it puts the pressure on the Marlins to make a drastic improvement from 2013, it's still a huge step forward from how Stanton reacted to the team's multitude of moves during the 2012-13 offseason.

Greatest Moments in Marlins History: #14 Miggy's Intentional Walk... I Meat Hit - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinions and More

During Miguel Cabrera's prime years in Florida, the former MVP did the improbable by putting a ball in play despite being intentionally walked.

Around the League

Can John Axford rediscover success with the Indians? | : Jack Etkin Article

Only two seasons after being a top-notch closer with Milwaukee, John Axford is looking to redeem his career with the up-and-coming Indians.

Where have all the good first basemen gone? -

Both Pittsburgh and Milwaukee entered the 2013-14 offseason as teams in pursuit of a solid 1st baseman but came away empty. Does the lack of movement with the two teams represent the lack of solid 1st basemen in baseball? SBNation's Grant Brisbee investigates that.

Let baseball fill out your 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket -

SBNation's baseball genius (too far?) Grant Brisbee is using the world of baseball to help fill out the 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket. Spoiler: You might not want to follow Brisbee's bracket.

The Tigers Don't Need Stephen Drew | FanGraphs Baseball

Viable playoff contender Detroit Tigers were hit with a solid gut punch with the loss of shortstop Jose Iglesias for the foreseeable future. With that in mind, FanGraphs' Dave Cameron tells the world about why the Tigers don't need to pursue free agent Stephen Drew to help fill the team's shortstop position.

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At Fish Stripes

Spring Training 2014: Marlins out of options and impact - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have a number of players who are out of options and, as a result, will either have to make the Opening Day roster or risk being sent elsewhere. What is the impact of these options on roster construction?

Fish Stripes 2014 Marlins Season Preview: The other starters - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are holding an open competition for the fifth rotation spot. What are the odds for each of the competitors, and who is the best choice?

Fish Stripes 2014 Top Marlins Prospects: #2 Jake Marisnick - Fish Stripes

Jake Marisnick rates as the only bona fide five-tool prospect in the farm system, a status that places him above all other Marlins hitting prospects.

Miami Marlins' outfielder Marcell Ozuna not a lock in center field - Fish Stripes

Miami Marlins center fielder is not a lock to win the starting center field job after a slow start to the spring. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald noted that the Marlins have a backup plan should Ozuna continue to struggle.