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Marlins want to add another left-handed bullpen piece

Andrew McKirahan could win a roster spot, but the Marlins want to explore other lefties. Plus links on Cole Gillespie and former Marlin Gaby Sanchez.

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-Source: Marlins Have Given Up On Keeping Haren " CBS Miami

The Miami Marlins have been very busy this winter, acquiring several players that should have major impact in the upcoming season. All but one of those players are very excited about playing in South Florida. With spring training barely six weeks away, it’s uncertain whether or where Dan Haren will pitch this year.

-Marlins Rumors: Would Dan Haren accept a trade to the Mariners? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

One team that hasn’t really been mentioned is the Seattle Mariners. It’s not sunny California, but Safeco Field is at least on the same coast that Haren so badly wants to return to. Haren has apparently said he wants to pitch for a team that has Spring Training in Arizona rather than Florida; that’s a vague statement but it would cover any of the West division teams in either league, except the Houston Astros.

-Former Marlins' Gaby Sanchez heading to Rakuten Eagles in Japan - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

At one point, Gaby Sanchez was considered part of the future of the Marlins organization. After a 2010 campaign that saw the first baseman finish 4th in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting, Sanchez was part of a core of young players that included Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez, defending NL ROY Chris Coghlan, and an upstart 20-year-old rookie named Giancarlo Stanton.

-Spring workout dates announced for all clubs |

Friday, Feb. 20 Arizona Diamondbacks (Feb. 25) Baltimore Orioles (Feb. 25) Chicago Cubs (Feb. 25) Chicago White Sox (Feb. 24) Cleveland Indians (Feb. 24) Detroit Tigers (Feb. 24) Kansas City Royals (Feb. 25) Los Angeles Angels (Feb. 25) Los Angeles Dodgers (Feb. 26) Miami Marlins (Feb. 24)

-Market to determine if Marlins make bid for Shields |

The longer James Shields remains on the free-agent market, the more intriguing the right-hander becomes to a team like the Marlins. But the question remains: can Miami afford "Big Game James" without blowing the lid off its budget?

-Marlins' non-roster invitees could find roles |

Upgrading the roster has come at a hefty price for the Marlins. In several cases, the organization had to give in order to receive talents such as Dee Gordon, Mat Latos and Martin Prado. In pulling off six trades before Christmas, Miami parted with 13 players, including Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones, Nathan Eovaldi as well as top prospect Andrew Heaney.

-Marlins to begin process of fine-tuning roster |

Dunn is the primary left-hander. Formerly in the Cubs' system, McKirahan has intriguing stuff. Still, Miami would like to add at least another candidate to its Spring Training mix.

Around The League

-5 bold predictions for the rest of the MLB offseason. | : Anthony Castrovince Article

The Marlins and Blue Jays have gone the heavily backloaded route to augment their rosters for 2015, and a Scherzer deal would blow up their budgets.

-Smoltz makes HOF history post TJ surgery |

ATLANTA -- John Smoltz followed a unique path to Cooperstown and now finds himself with the distinction of being the first pitcher who will gain induction to Baseball's Hall of Fame after undergoing Tommy John surgery. While this might be hard for some to initially believe, this reality becomes more understandable when accounting for the fact that Smoltz stands as one of just seven Hall of Fame pitchers who made their Major League debut after 1974 -- the year this career-saving procedure was first performed.

-Source: Werth set to undergo shoulder surgery |

WASHINGTON -- Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will have arthroscopic surgery on his right AC joint on Friday, according to a baseball source. He will be out two to three months. The club did not confirm that the procedure was being done. Werth has had problems with the shoulder since August, when he hurt it while making a catch against the Phillies at Nationals Park.

-Excited about Sox moves, Abreu eyes playoff berth |

CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu readily admits that Rick Hahn's aggressive offseason personnel maneuvers have directly influenced his continued improvement with English comprehension. The thrice-honored 2014 American League Rookie of the Year (BBWAA, Sporting News, Players Choice), overall Rookie of the Year according to the GIBBYs and AL All-Star has been paying close attention to the plethora of impact moves made by the White Sox general manager during the Hot Stove period. With the trade for Jeff Samardzija and the free-agent signings of Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera, the White Sox first baseman studied the reports via Twitter, read articles online or simply watched coverage on MLB Network.

At Fish Stripes

-San Francisco Giants may be willing to trade for Dan Haren - Fish Stripes

Haren doesn't want to pitch for the Marlins, and a deal with the Giants might make sense.

-Brad Hand's brand new sinker - Fish Stripes

The Marlins may turn to Brad Hand to deliver for them as a fifth starter, and he may need the help of his second-half sinker to play the role competently.

-Miami Marlins linked to Nate Schierholtz, Ichiro Suzuki - Fish Stripes

The club is seeking a fourth outfielder, and the two veteran free-agent lefties are among the possible options.

-Miami Marlins were open to trading Jarrod Saltalamacchia - Fish Stripes

The 29-year old catcher struggled offensively in 2014 and as a result, the Marlins tried to move him this offseason.

-Miami Marlins considering James Shields at right price - Fish Stripes

The 33-year old free agent could end up in Miami if he is willing to accept a deal below $100 million.