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Miami Marlins morning news: Marcell Ozuna not in hurry to be extended

Ozuna does not want extension talks to become a distraction. Plus links on Christian Yelich and Tom Koehler.

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Marlins News

Miami is close to signing Christian Yelich to a long-term extension, however another Marlins outfielder is not in a hurry to be locked up. According to's Joe Frisaro, Marcell Ozuna, represented by Scott Boras, is willing to wait.

With two-thirds of the Marlins' young outfield trio about to be locked up long term, what is next for Marcell Ozuna? For now, the 24-year-old center fielder is prepared to wait at least another year before considering an extension.

Marlins Manager Mike Redmond believes Yelich could be a future batting champion. He has a smooth left-handed swing, and anything is possible.

Tom Koehler allowed six hits and three runs against the Braves on Thursday. Koehler is hoping to become more consistent heading into the season.

Miami's offer to Yelich was not formed overnight. The Marlins made an initial offer, and ensured Giancarlo Stanton was signed first.

Pat Misch is hoping to win a bullpen spot. Is it realistic?

Three things that could challenge potential Marlins success in 2015.

What could be expected of Dee Gordon in 2015? How many bases will he steal?

Yelich's extension does not include a no-trade clause. The Stanton deal was an exception.

Around The League

Albert Pujols hit his first spring home run against the Dodgers on Thursday. Pujols is a key to the Angels' success.

Rafael Betancourt was hit on the right side of his jaw with a line drive on Thursday. He says it is no big deal.

Clayton Kershaw is solid on the mound. And apparently he is good at ping pong, too.

Rene Rivera could be a special player. The Rays are counting on it.

At Fish Stripes

-Christian Yelich signing: Unprecedented, intelligent move for Miami Marlins - Fish Stripes

The rumored Christian Yelich signing is one of the smartest contracts the Marlins have ever put pen to paper, and it is unprecedented in Marlins history.

-Extending Christian Yelich gives Miami Marlins 'good young player with major upside' - Fish Stripes

Mike Lowell is quite fond of the move. Plus other reactions to Miami's second extension of the offseason.

-Ichiro bringing much needed leadership to Marlins outfield - Fish Stripes

Ichiro Suzuki will bring much needed leadership to the Miami Marlins in 2015.

-Miami Marlins' Nick Masset healthy, hoping to win bullpen spot - Fish Stripes

The 32-year old is working on his command this spring and is hoping to win a roster spot at the end of camp.

-2015 Miami Marlins minor league depth: Catcher - Fish Stripes

Even after trading away mid-level prospect like Austin Barnes and Chad Wallach, the Miami Marlins still have solid minor league depth at the catcher position.