With all of their coaches out of contract heading into the off-season Miami had a lot of positions to fill in preparation for 2020. The team has certainly been busy on that front over the past few days, as it was reported on Wednesday that they had agreed to terms with Wellington Cepeda to become their new bullpen coach. Cepeda, a long-time Diamondbacks minor leaguer and staffer, will be replacing Dean Treanor.
Then, last night news broke that James Rowson will become the new bench coach/offensive coordinator after setting records as Minnesota's hitting coach this past season. The hires will be officially announced when the entire staff has been assembled.
Curtis Granderson has been named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year by his peers for the fourth time, and second year in a row. The accolade is awarded for outstanding work both on the field and in the community, and Granderson's Grand Kids Foundation continued its solid work in 2019. Overall, his initiative has served over 17.5 million meals to those in need as well as introduce baseball to millions of underprivileged children across the country for more than a decade.
Honored and humbled to be named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year for the fourth time in my career. Thank you to my brothers in baseball for the support on and off the field, and @MLB_PLAYERS for this award. https://t.co/rk03XcMAp3— Curtis Granderson (@cgrand3) October 24, 2019
Fish To-do List
Despite the rumblings that the Marlins may entertain parting with a significant sum to reunite with outfielder Marcell Ozuna this winter, they probably won't be in the market for big ticket free agents in the middle of a ground-up rebuild. Smart, targeted spending is most likely, but the 2019 team had many issues that need addressing—primarily the bullpen and the lack of impact bats. Beat reporter Joe Frisaro explains where the money should be spent, as well as offer his opinions on Brian Anderson's future and more, in his latest inbox.
AFL Wrapping Up
There are only a few days remaining for the teams playing in the Arizona Fall League, but Miami's Nick Neidert has already finished his campaign after throwing five scoreless innings yesterday. After an injury-plagued regular season, the right-hander turned it up a notch to end the year on a high. With a strong start next season, fans could see Neidert on the mound in Miami before the end of the year.
Final Arizona Fall League stats for Nick Neidert (including Fall Stars Game appearance)— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) October 24, 2019
1.14 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 2 BB, 23 K in 23.2 IP pic.twitter.com/ZEgsKagUwk
Puello Becomes Free Agent
On Wednesday night Miami outrighted outfielder César Puello to Triple-A, but the veteran instead elected free agency soon after the announcement was made. The Marlins traded for the 28-year-old Dominican in June after he hit .350 over 12 games with the Angels to begin the season, but he failed to produce similar results down the stretch in place of the struggling Lewis Brinson. With the sheer number of talented outfield prospects the Marlins have in the minors, this move will have minimal impact on the rebuild moving forward.