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Miami Marlins morning news: Dee Gordon likely to sign a long-term extension by Opening Day

The Marlins have been in talks with Dee Gordon about a long-term extension all offseason and it appears that deal will get down at some point before Opening Day. Plus links on Marcell Ozuna, a new possible free agent pitching option, and more.

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Marlins News

Following a career-best season in his first year in Miami, Dee Gordon has been a top priority for the Marlins front office this offseason in terms of attempting to extend him to a long-term deal. Even if the two sides are unable to reach an agreement before his arbitration hearing, a long-term deal is expected to be made at some point before Opening Day.

Right above Jose Fernandez, Marcell Ozuna's name has come up the most in trade rumors involving the Marlins this offseason. While the Marlins may not be shopping Ozuna, they are certainly listening to offers with a goal of wanting to improve their starting pitching.

Improving starting pitching depth was at the top of the Marlins' to-do list this offseason, but over three months in the club only has the recent signing of Edwin Jackson to show for their efforts. Their are a couple solid names still on the market, including Wei-Yin Chen, who the Marlins were reportedly linked to.

The MLB announced its spring training schedules yesterday and the Marlins' pitchers and catchers are slated to report on Feb. 19 with the full-squad coming in three days after.

Around the League

The Orioles and Chris Davis appear to be waiting each other out in a currently quiet market.

The Nationals are expected to hold onto Jonathan Papelbon.

Over the weekend, Drew Storen was traded from Washington to Toronto in exchange for Ben Revere.

-Miami Marlins rumors: Right-handed bats being considered - Fish Stripes

Jeff Francoeur could be an option for the Marlins.

Wei-Yin Chen a good fit for Miami Marlins' stadium - Fish Stripes
Marlins Park likely would add good value to Wei-Yin Chen's potential signing with the Marlins.

-Barry Bonds, Don Mattingly want Marlins to keep Marcell Ozuna - Fish Stripes

Ozuna has been mentioned in trade rumors over the last few weeks.

-Miami Marlins rumors: Marlins interested in Wei-Yin Chen, Yaisel Sierra - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are still in the market for a starting pitcher, and they are looking at free agent Wei-Yin Chen and Cuban import Yaisel Sierra as potential options.

-Miami Marlins sign Edwin Jackson - Fish Stripes

Jackson will join Miami's rotation in 2016.