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Marlins Morning News: Steckenrider could have 2017 role

The hard-throwing prospect has been invited to Spring Training, and feels ready to play his part for the Marlins. Plus links on Giancarlo Stanton and player projections.

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Marlins News

After carving-up hitters in the Arizona Fall League with a 100 mph fastball, Drew Steckenrider will be a name to watch when Spring Training rolls around. While Miami's bullpen is already stacked, his arm could become valuable down the stretch.

After finishing runner-up in the 2014 National League MVP vote, Giancarlo Stanton has suffered two injury-ravaged seasons in a row. What should be expected of the slugger in 2017?

The 2017 projections by ZiPS have been released, including every player who may take the field for the Marlins this season.

A collection of links regarding J.T. Realmuto's potential move to first base and the deals made with the arbitration-eligible players this week can be found here.

Bob the Shark is in trouble, big trouble.

Around the League

The World Baseball Classic is right around the corner, and Japan is heading into the competition as one of the favorites.

The Chicago Cubs were honored at the White House for winning the World Series yesterday, famously breaking the 108 year curse in early November.

The Blue Jays are close to bringing back fan-favorite Jose Bautista after already losing Edwin Encarnacion to free agency.

The Royals have signed Danny Duffy to a five-year contract extension worth $65 million. 2016 was a career year for Duffy, although he went 1-6 with a 6.37 ERA in his last seven starts.

After hitting a career-high 24 homers last season, Michael Saunders has landed a $9 million contract with the Phillies for 2017.

David Ortiz is done playing baseball, seriously.