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Marlins Morning News: Jose Fernandez statue plans draw a mixed reaction from the community

Marlins news and notes from around baseball.

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Two fans visit the temporary memorial created for Fernandez inside Marlins Park.
Photo: David Santiago/Miami Herald

Marlins News:

The statue that the Marlins are planning to build for Jose Fernandez is not being well-received. Victims of drunk-driving are highly opposed to the statue. Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria would like the statue to be nine or ten feet tall, because he says Fernandez was “larger than life.”

The price to buy the Marlins has fallen by about $400 million, or 28%, in four months. A few months ago, Miami was asking for $1.7 billion. Last week, the bids came in between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion.

The Marlins outrighted first baseman Tyler Moore to Triple-A after he cleared waivers. Recently, the slugger was designated for assignment, which meant he had to clear waivers before returning to the team. Moore only got 11 plate appearances with the Marlins before being designated for assignment

According to several sources within sports business, the Marlins are likely using Derek Jeter to generate interest in buying the team, On the Money reported. Last week, the Miami Herald reported that Jeter was teaming up with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush to purchase the Marlins.

It’s been well-documented that the Marlins need starting pitching help, and this article examines if they should trade for a starting pitcher if they are a contender.

Around the League:

Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes was ejected after he nearly hit Orioles third baseman Manny Machado in the head. There might be some bad blood between the two teams after Machado spiked Dustin Pedroia in the left knee after trying to slide into second base.

The Toronto Blue Jays season took another disastrous turn on Saturday when shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was placed on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury. Toronto is well below .500, and they’ve already lost Josh Donaldson, J.A. Happ, and Aaron Sanchez to the DL.

Another team that’s had a rough start to the season is the San Francisco Giants, who will be without ace Madison Bumgarner for some time after a dirt bike accident. He’s been placed on the 10-day DL, but he will not need surgery.

Albert Pujols moved into 18th place on the all-time RBI list, as he passed Manny Ramirez on the list. Pujols is now the all-time leader in RBI for a Dominican-born player.

The Tigers placed Miguel Cabrera on the 10-day DL due to a groin strain. Detroit has called up catcher John Hicks to replace Cabrera for the time being.