The Marlins have been decimated by injuries this season, especially to their top guys, but could be getting a big piece back in the lineup tonight. Dee Gordon made his rehab assignment in Jupiter yesterday and feels ready to go. It will be up to Dan Jennings whether Gordon will play tonight or wait another game.
In the beginning of the season, the Marlins made a somewhat surprising move by releasing Jarrod Saltalamachia. The move had partly to do with Salty struggling mightily at the plate, but it also had to do with the club's belief in J.T. Realmuto as their catcher of the future. Recently, Realmuto has flashed his potential at the plate on the club's previous road trip.
Marlins Park may not seem that big to fans who watch Giancarlo Stanton hit home runs at ease on a nightly basis, but in comparison to ballparks around the league it is one of the largest ones. But some opposing teams actually enjoy the challenge that the spacious grounds of Marlins Park present.
Trade rumors are swirling around the Marlins as the club sets to return home for a series against the division-leading Nationals. Jose Fernandez will take the mound as he attempts to go to 15-0 at Marlins Park in his young career.
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The Yankees are interested in acquiring Cole Hamels, but are not willing to give away any of their top prospects.
After acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson over the weekend, the Mets bolstered their bullpen by trading for Tyler Clippard.
Johnny Cueto will make his debut for the Royals in Toronto on Friday night.
Will Justin Nicolino be joining the Marlins' rotation soon? He just put up eight solid innings of work for the Zephyrs.
Unsurprisingly, the Miami Marlins reportedly rebuffed at least one trade offer from a team for Dan Haren because it would involve them sending money to pay for his remaining salary.
The 25-year old lefty will reportedly pitch in the later innings following the Steve Cishek trade.
The 31-year old third baseman is not expected to be dealt.
Cueto is headed to Kansas City and starting pitchers will likely continue to be dealt.