Marlins Park will host the 2017 All-Star Game, with 2017 also marking the 25th anniversary of the Marlins' franchise. The economic impact will be approximately $100 million, and FanFest will be held on South Beach:
Samson added the All-Star Game projects to infuse $100 million in economic impact. The full event includes the Futures Game, and Home Run Derby. MLB also will have a FanFest, which will take place in Miami Beach.
Miami won its arbitration case with David Phelps, who was acquired from the Yankees in the Martin Pradon deal. There was not a ton of money involved, but apparently Phelps' representatives got upset when the Marlins noted they will use him exclusively as a reliever. He still probably will compete for a starting job at some point.
The Mayors of Miami and Miami-Dade did not approve of the Marlins' stadium deal. But both are excited for the All-Star Game to come to South Florida.
Gary Sheffield and Cliff Floyd think the 2017 All-Star Game will be one of the best in history.
Mike Dunn will make the Opening Day roster, but the Marlins are seeking another lefty. Phil Coke is an option, though he wants a major league deal.
The Marline need Michael Morse to produce. But is it reasonable to expect a big year from him?
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a rough 2014 at the plate, but is hoping to produce consistently moving forward.
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Add David Aardsma to the list of the Dodgers' non-roster invitees. He should have the chance to make the club with a solid spring.
Detroit will receive an update on Miguel Cabrera's foot on Tuesday.
Chris Capuano has emerged as the favorite to win the final spot in the Yankees' rotation.
Four teams have made "real offers" for Cole Hamels. But the Marlins may still have to deal with him in Philadelphia in 2015.
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And the club may not be done adding to it.
Jarred Cosart was a key midseason acquisition last year, and he cost the Marlins a pretty penny in terms of prospects. Can he repeat his modest success with the team after the trade, or will he run into the same issues he saw in Houston?
ESPN slotted the Marlins 20th in all of baseball despite an active offseason.
The Miami Marlins got left out of the Baseball Prospectus Top 101 prospects list despite a couple of decent names.