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Marlins Morning News: Realmuto a sure bet in 2017

After one of the best seasons by a Marlins catcher ever, J.T. Realmuto will once again be behind the plate this season. Plus links on Dan Straily and Jeff Francoeur.

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Marlins News

After having started 11 different backstops in the 14 Opening Day games after Ivan Rodriguez left Miami, the Marlins now appear to have a long-term solution in J.T. Realmuto, and he is looking to build on a spectacular 2016.

Miami acquired right-handed starter Dan Straily from the Reds via trade last week for a fairly strong package of prospects. What should Marlins supporters make of the move?

The Marlins are in talks with veteran bench player Jeff Francoeur regarding a potential reunion for the 2017 season. He was acquired from Atlanta towards the end of the 2016 campaign, and was reportedly a good clubhouse mentor.

Who was the best free agent signing for the Marlins in team history? Hint: he had 11 complete games over 65 starts for the club.

In an effort to remain healthy for the start of 2017, new signing Junichi Tazawa has turned down the opportunity to play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic.

The baseball world mourned the loss of two players this past weekend, as Royals starter Yordano Ventura and former top prospect Andy Marte both lost their lives in separate incidents on Sunday morning. Obviously and unfortunately, the Marlins could relate to this tragedy all too well.

Around the League

The Rays and Dodgers have struck a deal to send Logan Forsythe to LA, and prospect Jose De Leon to Tampa Bay. Forsythe hit 20 home runs and drove in 52 RBIs in 2016.

New team; same number one spot for Yoan Moncada, who tops the prospects list for second baseman.

Yasiel Puig has shed some weight in order to try to prevent injuries, and he is focused on regaining a starting spot, even if that does not mean staying with the Dodgers.

Masahiro Tanaka is another Japenese star who is electing not to play in the World Baseball Classic.

James Loney has agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers. He hit .265 over 100 games with the Mets last season.

Much like Jose Fernandez, Yordano Ventura was primed to dominate the league for many years to come.