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Miami Marlins morning news: Mattingly preparing for holidays

The new Marlins manager is looking forward to spending time with his family before the serious work begins in the new year. Plus links on Tim Berry and a Fish holiday wish list.

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Marlins News

Marlins manager Don Mattingly is headed home for the holidays to relax with his family before his workload increases significantly in the spring.

Everyone loves a Christmas surprise. What surprises could the Marlins enjoy this coming season?

Miami has claimed left-handed pitching prospect Tim Berry off waivers from the Orioles. He was Baltimore's number 18 prospect, but posted at 7.32 ERA over 23 appearances in the minors in 2015.

The Marlins' winter shopping list, which still hasn't been checked off at all, consists of these key points, which need to be addressed soon.

Around the League

Postseason hero Daniel Murphy has decided to sign a three-year deal with the Nationals, meaning that he will see his old teammates from New York a lot in 2016.

The Mets will also lose another star to free agency as they have ended talks with Yoenis Cespedes, who is looking to sign a long-term deal.

John Jaso has signed with the Pirates, and he is hoping to transition to first base, even though he has spent most of his career behind the plate.

Justin Verlander will be reunited with Jordany Valdespin in Detroit next season. The two are familiar with the 'Nutcracker'.

At Fish Stripes

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