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Miami Marlins morning news: back to the drawing board

After missing out on the top closers, Miami is assessing other ways to improve their bullpen. Plus links on Matt den Dekker and Jeff Locke.

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Marlins News

The Marlins went after the biggest free agent closers available at and after the Winter Meetings, and failed to land any of them. Now, Miami is looking at the likes of Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa for bullpen help.

The last closer to come off the market was Kenley Jansen, who returned to the Dodgers for $80 million over five years.

The signings Miami made at the Winter Meetings have now been finalized, and Jeff Locke, A.J. Ellis and Dustin McGowan have all been officially revealed as Marlins for 2017.

After playing for both the Mets and Nationals, Fort Lauderdale native Matt den Dekker finally has the chance to compete for a spot on his hometown team after it was announced that the Marlins signed him to a minor league deal yesterday.

Even though the Marlins famously selected Dan Uggla in the Rule 5 Draft in 2005, they only selected three players this year and, on the surface, the moves are not particularly exciting.

Around the League

Jose Bautista, a six-time All Star, has yet to find a home this winter. Is anyone interested in him?

Having avoided being traded despite numerous rumors, Andrew McCutchen is happy to still be with the Pirates, and his teammates foresee a bounce-back year coming up for the outfielder.

The Braves have signed left-hander John Danks to a minor league deal, adding yet another veteran arm to their organization.

Aroldis Chapman has always been a polarizing figure, and he certainly lived up to that billing over the last 12 months.

After re-signing Kenley Jansen, the Dodgers are now close to bringing back another star in the form of Justin Turner.

Talking about the Dodgers, they should talk to the Pirates; they have a few pieces they might want.