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Marlins Winter Meetings Rumors: Tuesday

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Stay updated on the latest Marlins news and rumors from the second full day of action in San Diego.

The Marlins reportedly tried to trade for outfielder Nomar Mazara before the Rangers struck a deal to send him to the White Sox Tuesday night.
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Fish Stripes is covering all the Marlins news and rumors from the MLB Winter Meetings being held in San Diego. This article is dedicated to all of Tuesday’s developments. Catch up on Monday’s here!

9:44 p.m. PT—Still unclear what the Marlins would’ve been willing to give up for Nomar Mazara, but parting with Sandy Alcantara certainly seems counterproductive. The Rangers asked for the All-Star right-hander, according to Craig Mish.

Mazara and Alcantara are approximately the same age, both with MLB Top 100 prospect pedigree, but Alcantara performed better in 2019—his rookie campaign—than Mazara has in any of his four major league seasons.


9:09 p.m. PT—Nomar Mazara is now off the table.


8:33 p.m. PT—The Marlins have been receiving calls on left-hander Caleb Smith, Jon Heyman reports. No indication that they’re serious about moving him, though.

The Texas native is coming off a complicated season: 4.52 ERA, 5.11 FIP, 1.0 fWAR in 153.1 IP. Smith was far and away Miami’s MVP through his first handful of starts, then suffered a dramatic dip to his whiff rate and overall effectiveness, especially in August and September.

Smith’s four remaining years of club control and the widely held opinion that he’ll improve in 2020—assuming no serious injuries—make him a potential fit for the majority of MLB teams.


6:03 p.m. PT—The Nomar Mazara rumors are heating up, so I put up a separate post dedicated to that storyline.


3:23 p.m. PTJosé Ureña on the trade block?

That would certainly be selling low on the two-time defending Marlins Opening Day starter after he was inconsistent in the rotation last season and even worse when spending September in late-inning relief. Ureña is due approximately $4 million via the arbitration process in 2020, according to MLB Trade Rumors.


1:42 p.m. PTHéctor Noesí has latched on with the Pirates, tweets Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. His strong production with Triple-A New Orleans in 2019 was rewarded with a late-season call-up and...well, you know how that turned out.


12:09 p.m. PT—Jon Heyman of MLB Network confirms Mish’s Mazara report, specifying that the Marlins are focused on left-handed outfield bats and unwilling to trade away their top prospects.

Free agents who seemingly fit the bill include Kole Calhoun, Corey Dickerson and Japan’s Yoshitomo Tsutsugo.


11:27 a.m. PT—MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reported Tuesday morning that the Rangers are weighing the possibility of trading from their outfield surplus in that department. And now, Craig Mish specifically links the Fish to Nomar Mazara.

Through his age-24 season, Mazara has been relatively consistent at the plate, including a .268/.318/.469 slash line with 19 home runs last year. He hammers some of the most majestic dingers in baseball, though not with as much consistency as Texas would like. The lefty-swinging Dominican has two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Miami’s “best big league players” presumably refers to Brian Anderson or Sandy Alcantara, both of whom have more years of club control than Mazara does. As Mish adds, insisting on including either one would be deal-breaker.


4:45 a.m. PT—Several nuggets from Craig Mish on his latest Swings and Mishes episode:

  • “The rest of the financial threshold I think that [the Marlins] have is to acquire another bat in some way.” Mish confirms that they are still in pursuit of old friend Sergio Romo, but cautions fans not to expect them to sign any of the brightest stars remaining on the relief market.
  • Right-hander Joe Smith—who pitched for the Astros the past two seasons—is “a name to watch.” Like Romo, he’s been a successful late-inning option (career 2.98 ERA, 3.54 FIP in 695.1 IP) with an unorthodox arm slot. Smith will be entering his age-36 season.
  • The Marlins haven’t offered Corey Dickerson a contract, and generally, don’t seem close to finishing any deals with outfielders. Addressing that need could be pushed back until after the Winter Meetings, Mish says.