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Miami Marlins morning news: Brad Hand to compete for starting job

Hand is out of options and could be used as a long reliever. Plus links on Martin Prado and Christian Yelich.

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Marlins News

While Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said the club is confident in its bullpen, the organization could still add depth. Francisco Rodriguez and Phil Coke could be potential fits for Miami.

President of baseball operations Michael Hill on Saturday said the team continues to explore who is on the market. The most high-profile name belongs to free agent Francisco Rodriguez.

Miami considers its bullpen a strength. The club has a proven closer in Steve Cishek, as well as right-handers A.J. RamosBryan MorrisDavid Phelps,Aaron CrowCarter Capps and Sam Dyson.

After signing Ichiro Suzuki, the Marlins learned 90 of their games will be televised in Japan. With the club already popular throughout Latin America, President David Samson is confident Miami has become the "epicenter of baseball."

Jordan Zimmermann no-hit the Marlins on the last day of the 2014 season, and Christian Yelich refuses to forget it. Yelich thought he had an extra base hit in the ninth inning, however Steven Souza's notable defensive play robbed Yelich and ended the game.

Martin Prado is excited to play alongside Jose Fernandez and Giancarlo Stanton. He told reporters he was surprised he was traded, but is looking forward to 2015.

Both David Phelps and Brad Hand will see time as starters this spring, although Hand may have the edge to make the club because he is out of options. Both could start the season in the bullpen.

The Marlins have scouted Hector Olivera, however it is not likely that they sign him since they are confident in Prado. Having control over Prado for more than one season was key for the Marlins.

Dan Haren is happy to be in Jupiter with the Marlins. Although it was reported that he requested a trade, Haren told the media there was no request made.

Baseball is back, and Jose Fernandez is progressing and said he feels like he never had surgery.

Around the League

Matt Harvey's first bullpen session went well, and the Mets are going to be careful with Harvey over the seven weeks of spring training.

Albet Pujols wants to win a World Series with the Angels. Period.

With Jimmy Rollins gone, Freddy Galvis is ready to step up for the Phillies in 2015.

B.J. Upton does not want to be called B.J. anymore. It now Melvin Upton Jr.

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