Sports analytics platform numberFire has ranked the Marlins as the no. 16 team in the in their MLB power rankings, given them a 24.4% chance of making the postseason, and a minuscule 1.3% chance of winning the World Series. Around the NL East, the Mets rank ahead of them at no. 11 with a 46% chance of making the playoffs, and ahead of them are the Nationals at four, who have a 72.5% chance of reaching the Fall Classic with a nine percent chance of taking home the crown. According to information provided to this reporter and Fish Stripes, individual player rankings and projections will be revealed on their website later today.
Giancarlo Stanton told reporters this weekend that he feels no hostility towards former Milwaukee pitcher Mike Fiers, who notoriously drilled Stanton in the face with an 88 mph fastball near the end of the 2014 season. Even though it put a lid on his productive All-Star season, Stanton said he "did not care" when he stepped into the batter's box during yesterday's game to face Fiers for the first time since the incident occurred.
Marlin Maniac's Sean Millerick takes a look at who the "eventual lefty" of the Marlins could be.
Don Mattingly told MLB.com's Joe Frisaro that he is impressed with top prospect Dillon Peters' demeanor and confidence. Peters is the Marlins no. five rated prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and had success with Miami's Class-A Advanced and Double-A farm clubs last season.
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Following his release from the White Sox on Friday, infielder Brett Lawrie is searching for a new team, and the Rays, Mets, Royals, and his former team, the Blue Jays are all interested in his talents.
Jon Heyman writes that there is no evidence of any ongoing contract talks, with any of Kansas City's top four everyday players, due to become free agents after this season, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, or Alcides Escobar.
Over the weekend, the Orioles re-signed right-hander Steve Johnson to a minor-league deal pending a physical. The deal reportedly does not include an invitation to major league spring training. The 29-year-old Johnson played with the Rangers and Mariners in the 2016 season. Steve's father, Dave played three major league seasons with Baltimore and currently serves as an analyst for MASN.