The Marlins are looking for a big run to the playoffs in 2015, and their outfield will be a big part of it. Ranked as the number one outfield in 2014, the Marlins currently are in position to fill an outfield bench role. With only Yelich, Ozuna, and Stanton on the roster, the Marlins are in search of a player to backup these youngsters, with wants of a man who can help Ozuna in center.
Going into 2014, the Miami Marlins felt they had secured the catcher position with the 3 year signing of Jarrod Saltalamacchia, for a reasonable $27 million. Coming off a successful 2013 where he slashed .273/.338/.446, with 14 bombs in 120 games for the Boston Red Sox.
At his request, the Marlins have been trying to trade pitcher Dan Haren to a team closer to his Southern California home but have found no takers. The Marlins have no intention of parting with the $10 million that the Dodgers are giving them to pay Haren’s salary or to keep if he retires.
The words of Howard Cosell, the late broadcasting legend, can certainly apply to the Marlins’ controversial 12-player trade with the Blue Jays two offseasons ago. Few moves in any sport created as much negative backlash as what the Marlins received for dealing several high-priced, popular players after the inaugural season at Marlins Park.
No longer will the Marlins be flying under the radar. A string of impressive personnel moves has raised the club's profile and placed them in position to go toe to toe with the rest of the National League East. As far-fetched as it may seem, two years after losing 100 games, Miami is expecting to make the unlikely leap from worst to first. Its optimism is rooted in a 15-game improvement in the standings, coupled with the additions of several marquee players.
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Look no further than the oft-discussed, but rarely honored in recent years, "hometown discount." The term applies to a player accepting a smaller contract, in terms of money and/or years, in order to remain with the team with which he has spent a significant portion of his career.
TORONTO -- The Blue Jays fully admit that 2014 ended in disappointment, but instead of trying to rebuild, the club decided to retool with the expectation of a better outcome next year. Toronto hasn't been to the postseason since 1993, which is the longest drought in Major League Baseball. Things were supposed to be different last season, but instead, the first-half success wasn't maintained and the Blue Jays once again came up short.
WASHINGTON -- On paper, the Nationals look unbeatable. They have an outstanding rotation led by Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg. With the exception of second base, the starting lineup is expected to give opposing pitchers problems. But the 2015 season is still a ways off, and the Nationals still have some questions. With that in mind, here are the seven most important issues facing the Nationals heading into '15.
NEW YORK -- The Yankees kicked off the new year with a transaction, acquiring right-hander David Carpenter and left-hander Chasen Shreve from the Braves in exchange for left-hander Manny Banuelos, who was once regarded as one of the team's brightest prospects. It is a move that promises to bolster an ever-changing Yankees bullpen, with Carpenter projected to slide into a setup role in front of Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, who are expected to compete this spring for the closer's role.
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The 34-year old wants to play on the West Coast, but the Marlins have yet to find a trade partner.
If I were at the head of the Miami Marlins, what would I be aiming for in 2015? Let's consider our Marlins New Year's resolutions.
It is a new year, and with the new year comes a new opportunity for the Marlins to compete for a World Series title.
One Fish Stripes reader has choice thoughts on the matter of the Marlins-Blue Jays trade and the spin occurring around it two years later.