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Fish Bites Episode 52: State of the franchise report with Wells Dusenbury

Miami Marlins beat reporter Wells Dusenbury checks in following the MLB Winter Meetings to discuss a variety of topics impacting the Fish in 2020 and beyond.

Two-and-a-half months since the end of the regular season, Jesús Aguilar and Jonathan Villar remain the biggest winter additions to the Marlins.
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The Marlins kept busy during the MLB Winter Meetings, adding a pair of right-handers into their 2020 bullpen mix and engaging agents and other teams regarding experienced outfielders. Aram Leighton brings on Wells Dusenbury, Marlins beat reporter for the Sun Sentinel, to analyze it all (2:30). Then, Ely reads aloud the responses from fans on Twitter who were asked to grade Miami’s offseason transactions thus far (39:00).

Enjoy Episode 52!

While in San Diego, Dusenbury asked manager Don Mattingly what Garrett Cooper’s role on the roster would be coming off a productive 2019. That procured a surprisingly blunt response, with Mattingly suggesting that the club’s acquisitions of Jesús Aguilar and Jonathan Villar were made under the assumption that Cooper would not be healthy/consistent enough to start regularly.

Dusenbury anticipates significant increases to the Marlins payroll once their next local television deal kicks in (selling naming rights to Marlins Park would help, too). But in the meantime, they seem destined to field one of MLB’s cheapest rosters.

Thursday night on Twitter, we asked fans to grade the Marlins offseason up to this point. Here are some of their responses:

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