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Our Noticias 12/11/19: It’s the most wonderful time of the year

No, not Christmas. The Winter Meetings and Rule 5 draft!

MLB: Miami Marlins at Pittsburgh Pirates
Could José Ureña be on his way out the door?
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Winter Meetings heating up

Baseball’s Winter Meetings started Monday, and rumors abound. The biggest among them for the Marlins involved talks to acquire the RangersNomar Mazara.

Craig Mish threw some water on the Mazara idea though, and not the kind fish need. (Turns out Mr. Mish was right: Mazara was dealt to the White Sox overnight.)

Fish Stripes has daily updates on the meetings. Tuesday was dominated by Mazara rumors, but other lefty bats are better fits. And José Ureña might be on the move.

Monday’s juiciest bunch of gossip involved re-signing Sergio Romo and probably not signing Nicholas Castellanos.

Bye-bye, bullpen. Hello, prospects.

A couple of relievers were jettisoned over the past week. Tyler Kinley was waived and subsequently claimed by the Rockies.

Last Friday, Tayron Guerrero was designated for assignment and claimed by the White Sox.

Those moves mean the bullpen will be almost completely made over for 2020.

These moves cleared space on the Marlins’ 40-man roster for the upcoming Rule 5 draft, which starts Thursday. Spencer Morris previews some of the top options for the Fish, who pick third overall.

Assorted Fish News:

Manager Don Mattingly missed out on the Hall of Fame, and his chances are increasingly bleak. On the bright side for Donny Baseball, he’ll be in Miami for at least two more seasons.

Follow all the Marlins’ offseason moves here.

And check out what the players themselves have been up to with Offseason Fish.

Now that you’re finished reading this, it’s time to LISTEN. Catch up on the biggest moves of Miami’s offseason so far, with Fish Bites pod, Episode 51, where we discuss the additions of Jesus Aguilar and Jonathan Villar and what that means for the team in 2020.