Miami Herald columnist Barry Jackson revealed some interesting news in his Thursday column, writing primarily about the plans the Marlins have for the offseason. Jackson penned that the Marlins had expressed interest in signing right-hander Charlie Morton before he inked a two-year, $16 million deal with the Astros, so the team is now reaching out multiple free agent pitchers, including Cubs left-hander Travis Wood. The intriguing part is that the Marlins view Wood as a versatile pitcher who can aid them both out of the bullpen and as a starter. Many teams are inquiring about signing free agent catcher Jeff Mathis or righty reliever Bryan Morris, who Don Mattingly and the front office apparently don't see as a big priority in keeping for next season. On the flip side, the Marlins are interested in hashing out a deal to re-sign southpaw reliever Mike Dunn.
Marlins prospect Austin Nola, who was promoted to the 40-man roster on Friday, was presented with the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award, which is given annually to the AFL player who has demonstrated hard work and leadership. In six weeks with the Mesa Solar Sox, Nola earned a .273 batting average while seeing the field as a catcher, and at first, second, and third base.
Marlin Maniac's David Marcillo ponders whether the Marlins should sign Jason Hammel.
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On Friday, former Marlin Andrew Cashner signed a 1-year, $10 million deal with the Rangers. Miami could not hammer out a deal with Cashner, and a big part of that could be due to the Marlins' no-facial hair, as he told the Miami Herald, "it's a big deal to me in free agency."
According to a report from MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Mariners talked with the Pirates in regards to making a trade for center fielder Andrew McCutchen earlier in the offseason, although the talks "did not advance."
David Schoenfield of ESPN examines the best trades for all 30 teams. Check out who the Marlins would receive in their hypothetical trade.