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Marlins Morning News: Pitching is a reason to be excited

General manager Mike Hill highlights key events and new pitchers as reasons to be excited for 2017. Plus links on Jeff Locke and first base woes.

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Marlins News

Marlins Park will host both the World Baseball Classic and the All Star Game in what is shaping up to be a year to remember, on top of the numerous new arms added in the off-season to help the team’s playoff push.

New signing Jeff Locke has been shut down temporarily after suffering from left bicep tendinitis.

Veteran catcher A.J. Ellis is settling-in well, and is proving to be a helpful guide for young star J.T. Realmuto.

One of the biggest moves of Miami’s winter was signing starting third baseman Martin Prado to a $40 million dollar contract extension, and here is the reason why the two sides were able to reach an agreement.

A list has been compiled of the worst positions by WAR since 2007 for each team, and Marlins first basemen have the worst combined performance in the entire league over that span.

Around the League

There were a few notable breakout performances by pitchers last season, but can they build upon that momentum?

Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood are looking good early on as Spring Training ramps up for the Dodgers, with both left-handers looking to put an injury-riddled 2016 behind them.

Marcus Stroman is feeling healthier than ever, and he is determined to have a dominant 2017 campaign.

Michael Bourn is returning to the Orioles on a minor league deal.

The Yankees have seen what the Indians achieved by getting the most out of Andrew Miller in a variety of situations, but it does not mean that they are going to deploy their bullpen pieces in a similar way.

Shelby Miller is starting Spring Training with a positive attitude as he aims to prove himself after a somewhat disappointing first year with Arizona.