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Miami Marlins morning news: arbitration players now the focus

After a busy few days on the free agent front, the Marlins will now turn their heads to their eight arbitration-eligible players, including Jose Fernandez and Dee Gordon. Plus links on Chris Johnson and Wei-Yin Chen.

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Marlins News

So far, it has been a big week for the Fish. After signing Wei-Yin Chen, Edwin Jackson, and Chris Johnson, the roster has been upgraded, but now it is time to lock-up the arbitration-eligible stars already on the team.

Chris Johnson, a career .280 hitter, has been brought in on a free agent deal. He will provide bench depth and can play third base whenever Martin Prado needs a day off.

At the start of the week, it was plausible to wonder how Miami would compete in 2016 with a less than stellar starting rotation. However, now that Wei-Yin Chen has been signed, the starting pitching unit has a lot of promise.

Wei-Yin Chen just received the largest ever contract the Marlins have given to a pitcher, so does this mean that they are now committed to competing for championships?

Around the League

It is a better idea to bet money on Bartolo Colon hitting an inside-the-park home run than it is to buy a ticket for the Powerball. Seriously.

The Braves are reportedly interested in Yoenis Cespedes even though it appeared as though they were rebuilding after the Shelby Miller trade.

Gerardo Parra has announced on Twitter that he has signed a deal with the Colorado Rockies; the Rockies already had five outfielders.

Come to mention it, it has been a weird off-season regarding outfielders in general.