Thursday’s Marlins links:
- A reminder: Marlins spring training tickets go on sale for Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium 2020 season ticket holders beginning Friday at 10 a.m. ET.
- Don Mattingly and Kim Ng spent an hour—30 minutes each—addressing the media on Wednesday, leaving open the possibility of a six-man starting rotation at some point this year and comparing the pitchers and catchers report date to “Christmas morning.”
- John Curtiss posts on Instagram that he is “thrilled to be staying in Florida and to get a great opportunity to compete and win some ball games now with the Marlins. New year, new team, same goal. Can’t wait to get after it in Jupiter.”
- You’ll be impressed with Curtiss’ control and comfort in high-leverage situations.
- I recorded an emergency podcast reflecting on Harold Ramirez’s Marlins tenure which will be ending in the coming days either via a trade or waiver claim.
- Our 40-man roster page has been updated to reflect the latest trade, DFA, free agent signing and injured list placement.
- We have names and uniform numbers for all 72 players attending Marlins major league camp. Sixto Sánchez, Jazz Chisholm, Trevor Rogers, Monte Harrison and Braxton Garrett are among the returning players who have adopted new numbers for 2021.
- Jorge Alfaro tells Beyond the Bases about the “difficult decision” he made this offseason to train in Miami, working closely with catching coach Eddy Rodríguez, rather than return to his native Colombia where he was scheduled to enjoy family time and get winter ball game reps. On the subject of getting benched during the 2020 postseason, he understands that “if I wanna be there in the lineup, I need to earn it.”
- Superstar shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. is finalizing a historic 14-year, $340 million contract extension with the Padres. That’s one year longer and $15 million more guaranteed than Giancarlo Stanton’s Marlins pact. Like Stanton, Tatís is receiving a full no-trade clause. What could go wrong?
- Tim Tebow has retired from baseball after four-plus years in the Mets organization.
- Fish On The Farm ranks the top 100(!) Marlins prospects.
- The Marlins may only be the third-best MLB team in Florida this year following news that the
Toronto BuffaloBlue Jays will play home games in Dunedin through at least May 2. It’s possible they’ll be north of the border again by the time the Fish are scheduled to visit for a June 1-2 series.
- Behold: Jordan Yamamoto in a Mets uniform.
- Miami-Dade commissioners have accepted a $5.5 million profit-sharing settlement from Jeffrey Loria’s sale of the Marlins. The lawsuit also listed the franchise itself (current ownership) as a defendant, “but the settlement terms say the payout comes from a Loria entity.”
- Marlins pitchers and catchers (45 players total) will take to the practice fields on Thursday! Follow along with Fish Stripes on Twitter for photos and video highlights.