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Fish Bites: Miami Heat owner would be open to buying Miami Marlins

According to a Miami Herald report, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has expressed interest in buying the Marlins, but Jeffrey Loria is adamant about not wanting to sell. Plus links on Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jacob Turner.

Loria rejects overtures from S. Florida's most successful owner; More angry Heat reaction; Dolphins, UM | Sports Buzz
For many Marlins fans, the idea of the market’s most successful sports owner buying their baseball team would be the best news since the opening of the new ballpark. It might happen someday. But not yet. Going back to last year, Heat owner Micky Arison has expressed interest in buying the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria, according to a Major League Baseball official close to the situation.

Can Marlins Compete for a Wild Card? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
62-100, that was the Miami Marlins record last year. More than that record, was the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness that Marlins’ fans felt watching their team being dismantled just one year after bringing in some of the top names in free agency. It appears that Miami may have had a plan in place all along.

-Miami Marlins: Chris Coghlan Sheds Light Into How Younger Players Feel about Marlins - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Chris Coghlan was the Rookie of the Year for the Miami Marlins in 2009. His career went south, mainly due to injuries, after that. This off-season, the Marlins had to make the tough decision to non-tender Coghlan, giving him a chance to revive his career elsewhere. Coghlan latched on with the Chicago Cubs, on a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training. He has just a .209/.273/.267 slash line for the Cubs this Spring, likely hurting his chances of making the big league club out of camp.

Last cuts will be the toughest for Marlins with several decisions looming | Fish Tank blog: Miami Marlins | The Palm Beach Post
he Marlins have several decisions to make with one week of spring training remaining and 39 players still in camp. "We’ve started the discussions," manager Mike Redmond said. "Any manager would say you want to have your guys as soon as you can. We talked about having a lot of tough decisions, a lot of competition and we definitely have that." Players like outfielders Marcell Ozuna, Jake Marisnick and Reed Johnson are still in play for a starting spot. Johnson most likely is on the team at least as a reserve.

LAKELAND: Marisnick, Ozuna battle for Miami Marlins’ outfield spot - Miami Marlins -
Jake Marisnick has had the best spring in recent Marlins memory. In the process, the 22-year-old has put pressure on manager Mike Redmond to make an increasingly tough decision on whether Marisnick or should fill an open outfield spot.

Hard-luck OF Alfredo Silverio still dreams of big leagues | Fish Bytes
Alfredo Silverio felt a wave of joy when he stepped onto the field for the Marlins in a Grapefruit League game earlier this spring. And why not? Silverio, a 26-year-old outfielder the Marlins selected in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft, wondered if he would ever play baseball again last June after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm for the second time since suffering serious injuries in an automobile accident. "I was excited like a little kid," Silverio said. "I feel happy I'm back to normal."

Miami Marlins, relief pitcher, A.J. Ramos - Sun Sentinel
Jose Fernandez wasn't the only Miami Marlins rookie pitcher in 2013 to find his name near the top of some statistical categories. Relief pitcher A.J. Ramos had himself quite the year as well. Ramos, in his first full season in the majors, threw a total of 80 innings in 68 appearances. Not only did both of those number lead all rookie relievers, but only Tommy Hunter (86.1 innings in 68 appearances) threw more innings with as many appearances.

Miami Marlins: Timing isn't right at the plate for ex-pitcher Bogusevic - Sun Sentinel
The timing was right when the Astros asked Brian Bogusevic to transition from pitcher to position player. His timing at the plate with the Marlins is not.

While competing for roster spot, Ozuna sustains cramp | News
Marcell Ozuna, who is battling Jake Marisnick for the Marlins' center field job this spring, left Sunday's 8-4 win over the Tigers in the fifth inning because of a cramp in his left leg.

Lucas, Solano continue to compete for utility spot | News
Ed Lucas was in the starting lineup at first base on Sunday. Donovan Solano started at second as the two men continued their battle for the job of utility infielder. For Lucas, Sunday marked his first Grapefruit League game back since he strained his left hamstring on March 13 in a game against the Tigers in Lakeland.

Turner impresses against former club | News
Jacob Turner, who has not been particularly impressive in Spring Training in recent years, strengthened his grip on a spot in the Marlins' regular season starting rotation Sunday with his best performance yet this year.

Giancarlo Stanton, Jeff Mathis power Marlins over Tigers | News
Giancarlo Stanton's fifth home run of the spring cleared the berm in left-center field at Joker Marchant Stadium, one of two Marlins blasts off Tigers starter Drew Smyly, leading Miami to an 8-4 win over Detroit on Sunday. The Tigers made a late run, tying the game at 4 thanks to Danny Worth's three-run homer off Henry Rodriguez in the eighth. However, the Marlins plated four runs off Joe Nathan in the ninth. Brian Bogusevic knocked an RBI double and Jeff Mathis drilled a two-run double.

Around The League

Source: David Ortiz, Red Sox agree to extension | News
David Ortiz, Boston's beloved slugger, has agreed to a one-year, $16 million extension that will keep him with the Red Sox through 2015. The club did not confirm the deal.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore exits after comebacker strikes mouth | News
Rays left-hander Matt Moore left Sunday's game against the Red Sox after being struck in the mouth by a comebacker off the bat of Xander Bogaerts. Moore received stitches for a laceration on his lip in the clubhouse and no concussion symptoms were detected.

Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado won't be ready for Opening Day | News
Orioles manager Buck Showalter did away with the deadline that had been on Manny Machado's mind, saying Sunday that Baltimore's All-Star third baseman will not be ready for Opening Day.

Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar out 10-12 weeks with torn shoulder muscle | News
Rangers second baseman Jurickson Profar has a torn muscle in his right shoulder and will be out 10-12 weeks. Profar felt the shoulder during Saturday's game against the Padres. The injury might have occurred trying to turn a double play in the sixth inning. He showed up on Sunday feeling sore, so the Rangers sent him for an MRI exam, and the results showed a tear in the teres major muscle.

At Fish Stripes

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.

Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' infielder Derek Dietrich fractures nose - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich, who has seen time at second because of Rafael Furcal's injury, fractured his nose on Thursday afternoon. Plus links on Jacob Turner, Rafael Furcal, and Jose Fernandez.

Miami Marlins' picthing depth receives praise from scouts - Fish Stripes
The Miami Marlins' starting pitching depth and young bullpen arms have intrigued several major league veteran scouts, according to the Miami Herald. Several reports have claimed that Miami's arms are better than those of division rivals.According to a Miami Herald report, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison has expressed interest in buying the Marlins, but Jeffrey Loria is adamant about not wanting to sell. Plus links on Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, and Jacob Turner.