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Miami Marlins morning news: Marlins starting rotation is thin

Although it is currently thin, Tom Koehler is confident in the Marlins projected 2016 starting rotation. Plus links on Barry Bonds, Jeff Mathis, and more.

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Marlins News

Entering the offseason the Marlins biggest priority was to bolster their starting rotation, but through mid-December the club is yet to make a move to accomplish that. Although the rotation is currently thin, Tom Koehler believes they can get the job done.

Barry Bonds accepted his first full-time coaching gig this offseason as the Marlins hitting coach. Bonds is excited for the opportunity in Miami and can't wait to get to work.

Jeff Mathis re-signed with the Marlins for one-year and $1.5 million. Mathis will continue in his backup role in 2016 behind JT Realmuto.

The constant buzz around the Marlins this offseason has been centered around Jose Fernandez and whether the club will trade him away. David Sampson said the Marlins are listening to offers, but have no plans of dealing him away.

Around the League

With some of the big names off the board, Scott Kazmir could be the next free-agent starting pitcher to land a deal.

After a deal to the Nationals fell apart, Brandon Phillips' future in Cincinnati is uncertain.

The Mets are rumored to be interested in free agent outfielder Denard Span.

Cuban infield prospect Jose Miguel Fernandez is set to make his professional debut in the Dominican Republic.

At FishStripes

-Miami Marlins are already on the back-foot for 2016 - Fish Stripes

It is nearly Christmas, Miami is yet to make a significant move to upgrade the roster this off-season, and this current team is most likely not talented enough to make the playoffs as it is.

-Miami Marlins, Dee Gordon not close on contract extension talks - Fish Stripes

The Marlins are angling for a five-year deal, while Gordon's crew wants a seven-year contract.

-Miami Marlins rumors: Dee Gordon seeking seven-year deal - Fish Stripes

Miami is hoping to extend Gordon this winter.

-Miami Marlins re-sign Jeff Mathis - Fish Stripes

Mathis heads back to the Marlins on a one-year deal.

-Miami Marlins trade rumors: Dodgers might have enough to land Jose Fernandez - Fish Stripes

If the Dodgers want to add Jose Fernandez, they might have the depth necessary to do so.