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According to ESPN's Buster Olney, a Miley/Nathan Eovaldi swap was close to getting done. Plus links on Ichiro Suzuki and Arquimedes Caminero.

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-Marlins Designate Arquimedes Caminero - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Miami Marlins have designated Arquimedes Caminero for assignment, according to the transactions page and MLB Trade Rumors. Caminero, 27, has been with the Marlins organization since the team signed him out of the Dominican Republic back in 2005.

-Predicting the Miami Marlins 25-man roster - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

The Miami Marlins were among this offseason’s biggest movers and shakers, and it’s looking like the club may finally be happy with its roster with Spring Training a few weeks away.’s Joe Frisaro writes that the Marlins may have made their final move by signing Ichiro Suzuki to a one-year, $2 million deal.

-Miami Marlins send front office contigent to Japan to announce Ichiro signing - Sun Sentinel

Suzuki playing behind a Giancarlo Stanton-Marcell Ozuna-Christian Yelich outfield all but eliminates him from best actor contention. Yet keep in mind even perennial leading men like Jack Nicholson and Denzel Washington have Oscars for Best Actor in a supporting role on their curricula vitae.

-In joining Marlins, Ichiro dons familiar No. 51 |

Uniform numbers are revered more in Japan than America. That's probably explained in part by the culture of free agency and trades in the United States decreasing the chances that a player will be identified by one number for his entire career. The most anticipated moment of the news conference announcing Ichiro Suzuki's signing with the Marlins on Wednesday night ET was the return of his iconic No. 51 to his uniform.

-Marlins go the extra mile to introduce Ichiro |

The Marlins went the extra mile to make a strong first impression on their latest acquisition, with five team executives traveling 18 hours by plane to Japan to properly welcome Ichiro Suzuki into their family. To the organization, the long flight showed its commitment to a veteran with Hall of Fame credentials. To the 41-year-old Ichiro, the gesture was both humbling and energizing as he prepares for the next chapter of his brilliant big league career.

-Ichiro signing may be Marlins' final offseason move |

Their Hot Stove season started with the record-setting signing of Giancarlo Stanton, and adding Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday likely capped a hectic offseason for the Marlins.

-Top 10 linchpin players of 2015 -- MLB - ESPN

In the first days of December, the Marlins thought they had a deal arranged of Wade Miley for Nathan Eovaldi, a swap that would’ve provided more experience and balance for the mostly right-handed rotation. But the Diamondbacks backed away, and so the Marlins wound up trading Eovaldi as part of the deal that netted Martin Prado and David Phelps.

Around The League

-Three teams that had underrated offseasons. | : Anthony Castrovince Article

You're familiar with baseball's biggest newsmakers in this Hot Stove season, but here's a quick shoutout to a few clubs whose overall offseason exploits might have escaped your notice or simply been dismissed.

-Veteran scout says Tom Brady had MLB tools |

MIAMI -- A victory on Sunday would further cement Tom Brady's place among the National Football League's all-time greats. Already, the New England Patriots superstar stands alone as the only quarterback to guide his team to six Super Bowls, and he is aiming at joining legendary QBs Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only four-time winners. As Brady continues to build on his football legacy, there are some in the baseball world who wonder what might have happened if the 37-year-old had made a different career choice.

-Red Sox don't need true 'ace' at this point |

The absolute worst people to ask if the Red Sox need an ace are those already in Boston's rotation, biased beings that they are. But, hey, it's good Hot Stove fodder to ask them what they think.

-Prized Cuban prospect Moncada works out for Rays |

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays held a workout for Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada this week at Tropicana Field, but it's still unlikely they will sign the highly coveted 19-year-old prospect. Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said last week on MLB Network Radio that the Rays had looked into Moncada. But the switch-hitting infielder could receive a signing bonus between $30 million and $40 million, a high price for any club but particularly for Tampa Bay.

At Fish Stripes

-Marlins trying to avoid the treadmill of mediocrity - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins want their fans to know that they understand that winning and losing cycles exist, and that the franchise is simply preparing for them to avoid everlasting mediocrity.

-Marlins add notable depth by signing Ichiro Suzuki - Fish Stripes

The 41-year old outfielder could contribute significantly in 2014.

-Marlins not committing long-term contracts to non-stars - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are trying to avoid the mistakes of 2012 by dodging long-term contracts to big names who are not star-caliber players.

-PECOTA projects Marlins to finish third in National League East - Fish Stripes

Miami is projected to finish the season 81-81, which would be a four win improvement from 2014.

-Giancarlo Stanton and the difference between the 2008 and 2015 Marlins - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton seven years after trading a similar young superstar in Miguel Cabrera. What is the difference between that old team and this new one?