President of baseball operations Michael Hill said that the Marlins are 'seriously considering' heading into the 2017 season with a four-man bench and an additional reliever, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Frisaro also wrote that while the Marlins will still be monitoring the free agency market for a bench player, they are not too interested in signing an 'impact bat' following their acquisition of pitcher Dan Straily.
Numerous Marlins executives attended Jose Fernandez's mass in Santa Clara, Cuba this week.
Marlin Maniac's Sean Millerick analyzed newly-inducted Hall of Famers Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez's playing time with Miami.
Marlins reliever Dustin McGowan was given the prestigious Hutch Award this week. The award is a national honor given to a Major Leaguer who best exemplifies the honor, courage, and dedication of the great former player and manager Fred Hutchinson.
Tim Healey of the Sun-Sentinel took a visit inside the Marlins recently assembled analytics department.
The clock is ticking on the Marlins chance of winning a World Series, writes Jonathan Bernhardt of FanRag Sports.
Around the League:
Over the weekend, the baseball world was met with grief and heartbreak over the tragic news of two separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic which killed 25-year-old Royals star pitcher Yordana Ventura and 33-year-old former major leaguer Andy Marte. The staff at Fish Stripes extend their deepest condolences to their families, friends, and teammates at this time.
The Orioles are still interested in bringing back veteran catcher Matt Wieters on a one-year contract, per ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.
Tim Lincecum says that he is not ready to retire from baseball yet, and he will seek another MLB opportunity according to his agent. At 32-years-old and coming off a horrendous season with the Angels, it is unlikely that Lincecum will find any major league suitors offering him a pitching job for the 2017 season.
The Braves agreed to a one-year deal with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo.