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Marlins morning news: Remaining stars disgruntled

Reports have surfaced that both J.T. Realmuto and Christian Yelich want to be traded away from the Marlins after the recent flurry of trades. Plus a link on Mike Lowell.

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Marlins News

After trading away Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon, the Marlins now have a lack of star power, and that will likely lead to a lot of losing in 2018. That fact is concerning catcher J.T. Realmuto, and it has led to him expressing an interest in being traded. However, whether or not Miami will explore any potential deals remains to be seen.

Christian Yelich is also planning to meet with team representatives regarding his future, as the talented outfielder signed a multi-year contract in 2015 so that he could play with his close friends for the foreseeable future, and now they are all but gone after the aforementioned winter moves.

The Marlins have little reason (in salary-cutting terms) to trade either Realmuto or Yelich, but the prospect return from both of those trades could accelerate the rebuilding process significantly.

Regardless of which prospects Miami would get in those trades, a team needs to have the right personnel to develop young players effectively, and Marlins legend Mike Lowell believes that Gary Denbo fills that role perfectly.

Around the League

The Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland, which probably rules out a push for free agent Eric Hosmer, although J.D. Martinez is still a possibility.

Free agent ace Yu Darvish has met with the Cubs as they continue to seek starting pitching this off-season.

Ian Kinsler waived his no-trade clause to join the Angels last week because he has been impressed with the recent moves by Anaheim, and his addition makes the team a serious competitor for the reigning champion Astros.

Cole Hamels has made a touching gesture by donating his $9.4 million mansion to charity.

Pitcher Jordan Lyles has signed a one-year contract with the Padres, with an option for 2019.

Ten strikeouts in ten at-bats against one pitcher; poor, poor Nick Hundley.