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Marlins Morning News: Gonzalez announced as new 3B coach

The Marlins are bringing back ex-manager Fredi Gonzalez to be a part of Don Mattingly's coaching staff. Plus links on trade options and a new free agent target.

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Marlins News

Fredi Gonzalez, the record-holder for the most wins by a manager in franchise history, is returning to the team he led from 2007 to 2010 as he is set to become Miami's new third base coach. The rest of the 2017 coaching staff will be revealed later today.

In order to return to the postseason for the first time since winning the World Series in 2003, the Marlins should take note of the path the Cubs took to success over the past few seasons.

When the Cubs bought out Jason Hammel's contract yesterday, he immediately became one of the best starting pitchers available this winter, and that means he should be near the top of Miami's shopping list.

It is going to be difficult for the Marlins to drastically improve the team this winter due to the poor free agent market, so what could we see in the way of trades?

Barring any major trades, the Opening Day lineup will probably look very similar to the one that closed out the 2016 season.

Around the League

While the free agent pool is relatively thin this winter, it still includes 25 notable names.

Qualifying offers have been extended to some of the biggest potential free agents, but who will accept?

The BBWAA Award finalists have been revealed.

James Shields has opted to stay with the White Sox. He finished with a 4-12 record for Chicago after being traded by San Diego in early June.

Scott Kazmir has also decided not to opt-out of his contract as he is set to remain with the Dodgers for 2017.

The Rockies have officially appointed Bud Black as their new manager. Black was fired by the Padres in 2015 after a 649-713 record over eight-plus seasons.