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Miami Marlins morning news: Henderson Alvarez will begin throwing in December

Alvarez is not expected to be ready by opening day.

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Marlins News

Henderson Alvarez is not expected to be healthy by opening day, but he should be prepared to join the major league club at some point in April. Alvarez is set to begin a throwing program on December 1, according to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan.

After hiring Don Mattingly, the Marlins will focus on expanding their analytics department and adding depth to their minor league clubs.

Dee Gordon played under Mattingly in Los Angeles and is excited to play for Mattingly again, now with the Marlins heading into 2016.

Mattingly signed a four-year deal with the Marlins, but for the sake of stability, he said he hopes he is in Miami for at least 10.

While the Marlins could consider free agents, the club is expected to upgrade its rotation by making trades this winter.

Mattingly's contract with the Marlins is reportedly over four years and worth $10 million.

The Marlins confirmed they will not pursue top free agent starters, such as David Price, this winter.

Adam Conley pitched well for the Marlins when called upon in 2015.

Christian Yelich has established himself as a consistent major league option in left field.

Around the League

Seattle and Tampa Bay completed a six player trade Thursday night.

Kansas City is planning on making a qualifying offer to Alex Gordon.

Josh Reddick and Sonny Gray are not expected to be traded by the Athletics this off-season.

Baltimore is interested in Daniel Murphy.

At Fish Stripes

-Miami Marlins hire Don Mattingly as manager - Fish Stripes

According to a source close to the situation, the Marlins have hired the former Dodgers manager to take over the clubhouse.

-Miami Marlins hired Don Mattingly for clubhouse, not on-field, tactics - Fish Stripes

Don Mattingly is well-known for mediocre on-field managing, but the Marlins may be aware that the modern manager's role lies mostly in clubhouse management.

-Miami Marlins trade rumors: Indians remain interested in Marcell Ozuna - Fish Stripes

Ozuna could be moved in exchange for starting pitching this winter.

-Miami Marlins hire best available manager, need to turn attention to improving roster - Fish Stripes

The only way it was going to be somebody else is if Mattingly was not fired. But that is insignificant because he was.

-Mattingly may help Miami's pursuit of Greinke - Fish Stripes

Zack Greinke is one of the best pitchers in this off-season's free agent class and, if Miami hires Don Mattingly as their new manager, a reunion with his former skipper may be enticing.