Miami Marlins News
7-27-15: Last week, the Marlins acquired minor league closer Kyle Barraclough from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed reliever Steve Cishek. On Sunday, Miami ended its streaky 10-game road trip on a frustrating note. After shutting out the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres to bookend a three-game winning streak, the Marlins dropped three consecutives contests at Petco Park.
7-24-15: The Miami Marlins are preparing for a mini selling session at this year’s July 31st trading deadline after losing star player Giancarlo Stanton to injury. The Marlins were extremely aggressive this offseason adding many players via trade and free agency but the on the field product has not been where it was expected to be thus far this season. Miami’s owner Jeffrey Loria stated that the team would not go into fire sale mode this July but the team would be willing to sell off pricey veterans that are due to be free agents after the 2015 season. That list begins and ends with right-handed starting pitchers Mat Latos and Dan Haren while second baseman Martin Prado, who is signed through the 2016 season, may also be on the way out. The Toronto Blue Jays have been the most aggressive team in acquiring either Latos or Haren although the Blue Jays seem more interested in Haren’s services at this point. The Marlins were one of the lucky teams to receive a Competitive Balance draft pick in the 2016 MLB First Year Players Draft. Every season six teams pick in the Compensation Round A immediately after the first round of the draft while six other teams pick after the second round in the Compensation Round B and the Marlins were one of those lucky teams. Miami earned the 5th pick in the Compensation Round A of the draft giving the Marlins an extra draft pick due to their limited payroll, small market and lack of on the field success in recent years.
7-22-15: Marlins fans were glad to hear that Giancarlo Stanton is beginning to take dry swings. Miami’s power has struggled without him, but Michael Morse homered on Tuesday, as the Marlins stopped their four-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mat Latos threw seven shutout innings in the win.
7-17-15: The Miami Marlins learned that the team’s starting second baseman and the starting second baseman for the National League All-Star team Dee Gordon will miss at least the next two weeks after dislocating his thumb while sliding into first base. Gordon didn’t have any ligament damage or broken bones and will sit out while the Rockies Troy Tulowitzki takes his All-Star roster spot while his Colorado teammate D.J. Lemahieu starts the game for Bruce Bochy’s club. The Marlins may have been set on selling off certain pieces before the Gordon trade but if they had any doubts the injury cements the fate of the likes of pending free agents Mat Latos, Dan Haren Brad Hand, Steve Cishek and possibly Ichiro Suzuki. The Pittsburgh Pirates were recently in attendance to watch a start from Dan Haren as Pittsburgh contemplates whether to add talent to an already stacked team before the July 31st trading deadline. The Marlins acquired Haren this offseason from the Los Angeles Dodgers along with his $10 million in salary making him essentially a free player for Miami. Anything the Marlins can get for Haren in a trade from Pittsburgh or any other team would be a win for Miami.
7-13-15: Dee Gordon, who left Saturday’s game after dislocating thumb when sliding into first base, is sitting out the All-Star Game, but could be back for the Marlins right after the All-Star break. Although Miami was without Gordon for the rest of the weekend, the Marlins won on both Saturday and Sunday. Dan Haren’s six innings of one-run ball led Miami to the 8-1 victory on Sunday to give the Marlins the series win against the Cincinnati Reds.
7-8-15: Last week, the Marlins strung together four consecutive wins, including a sweep of the visiting San Francisco Giants. Jose Fernandez, who homered and threw six innings of three-run ball last Thursday in his first start after Tommy John surgery, will make his second start of the season this Thursday. If Miami falls on Wednesday, he will be look to end the team’s four-game losing streak.
6-17-15: With their 12-2 victory on Tuesday against the visiting New York Yankees, the Marlins
won for the fifth time in their last six games. Miami’s eight runs in the first inning
propelled the team to its second consecutive victory against the Yankees before heading to Yankee Stadium for two more games against the pinstripes.
6-5-15: The Miami Marlins made a bit of a shocking move this week when the team optioned now former closer Steve Cishek to the minor leagues. New manager and current GM Dan Jennings stated that the move was aimed at improving Cishek’s mechanics in hopes of bringing him back up later in the season with better results. Cishek has thrown just 19.1 innings this season and sported a 6.98 ERA before being optioned to Double-A this week. Cishek has two more years of team control after 2015 so it seems imperative that Miami gets his mechanics working now before being forced to non-tender him, trade him or flat out release one of the more consistent relievers in the National League over the past three or so seasons. The Marlins want Cishek back and effective as soon as possible because the team is not yet entertaining the idea of selling at the July 31st trading deadline. The team has already announced that they are not interested in trading aware core players including Martin Prado who is under contract for the 2016 season.
5-30-15: The Miami Marlins fired their manager last week and replaced him with their GM Dan Jennings but that was not where the coaching staff changes stop for the Marlins. According to various reports the team has moved former third base coach Brett Butler to the outfield and base running coach while former assistant hitting coach Lenny Harris will move to third base to replace Butler. This news came on the heels of the news that both Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos were added to the disabled list with injuries forcing the team to call up one of their top prospects Jose Urena. Jose Fernandez and Jarred Cosart were already on the disabled list for Miami leaving four of their five starting pitchers on Opening Day currently on the disabled list explaining a bit of the team’s struggles this season. Urena owns a 1.21 ERA in 37.1 IP this season in the minor leagues and will look to bring that dominance to the major leagues and Marlins Park this season for the Miami Marlins.
5-25-15: Although the Marlins placed Mat Latos and Henderson Alvarez on the 15-day disabled
list on Friday, the Marlins snapped their season-worst eight-game losing streak on a
Martin Prado walkoff single on Saturday. Then, Prado homered on Sunday, as he helped
Dan Jennings get his second managerial win and a series victory over the Baltimore
Orioles. Although Miami lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-2, on Monday, the Marlins got a hit from every starting position player.
5-18-15: Shelby Miller almost no-hit Miami on Sunday, and the Marlins organization then
officially fired manager Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary. The team plans on
naming general manager Dan Jennings the new manager on Monday. With Miami’s loss
on Sunday in which it was held hitless for 8.2 innings, the Marlins have lost six of their
last seven games. On the bright side, Dee Gordon extended his hitting streak to four
games and added to his Major League Leading-leading hit total.
5-12-15: Christian Yelich, who was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Friday, looks like he
is finding his hitting stroke, as he hit his first home run of the season on Monday. It was a
two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead, but Steve
Cishek allowed Scott Van Slyke’s walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth.
5-5-15: The Marlins have had a season full of streaks. Their most recent one was a string of four consecutive victories, which included the final two games of their three-game series with the New York Mets and the first two games of their three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. However, on Tuesday, Miami looks to bounce back from its two losses in a row.
4-29-15: The Marlins hosted Major League Baseball’s best team in the New York Mets on Tuesday in the second game of their three-game series. Miami bounced back from Monday’s loss to even the series behind run-scoring hits by Giancarlo Stanton, Jacob Realmuto and Michael Morse. Although the Mets outhit the Marlins in the contest, Miami won, 4-3.
4-20-15: Last Thursday, Giancarlo Stanton became the franchise’s all-time leader in home runs. He hit his first and second home runs in back-to-back games. However, Jarrod Saltalamacchia was benched for three straight games last week, and he did respond well to sitting out. The team had a frustrating week as well, only winning two games.
4-7-15: On Friday, Major League Baseball fined Jarred Cosart for placing bets, but the league said it did not find evidence of him betting on baseball. In other pitching news, Henderson Alvarez looked strong in the Marlins’ home opener on Monday with seven innings of two-run ball, but Miami fell, 2-1, against the Atlanta Braves.
4-2-15: On Wednesday, Major League Baseball began reportedly investigating a claim that 24-
year-old starting pitcher Jarred Cosart bet on sports. The next day, the Marlins scratched
the right-hander from his Friday start due to a blister on his pitching hand. In other
pitching news, on Saturday, the Marlins named Henderson Alvarez as their Opening Day
3-25-15: Miami’s starting pitchers did not look strong on Sunday or Monday. In Sunday’s 5-3 loss to Minnesota, Jared Cosart continued to struggle, as he gave up four runs and walked four Twins. Then, Mat Latos allowed nine runs in three innings the following day. On the bright side, Michael Morse hit two home runs in that contest.
3-1-15: In the Marlins’ first two spring training games, two second basemen hoping to make the big league roster showed some good hitting. Donovan Solano reached base in all three of his plate appearances in his start on Monday. He also scored two of Miami’s seven runs in the team’s win over Florida International. Derek Dietrich bounced back from his zero-for-two day on Monday with two runs batted in as a part of the Marlins’ 7-1 win over the University of Miami on Tuesday.
3-3-15: Last Tuesday, the Marlins signed journeyman outfielder Reed Johnson to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Marlins manager Mike Redmond spoke about where he wants 23-year-old Christian Yelich batting in the lineup. The 2014 National League left field Gold Glove Award winner will be trotted out at second and third in the order.
2-17-15: Last week, Major League Baseball announced that the 2017 All-Star Game will be played
at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. The Marlins also had some pitcher news recently.
Right-handed pitcher David Phelps has been awarded $1.4 million through arbitration.
Miami is also interested in righties Joba Chamberlain and Francisco Rodriguez as well as lefty Phil Coke.
2-11-15: In 2015’s first arbitration decision, the arbitrator elected to give Mat Latos $9.4 million,
giving the Marlins the victory in this ruling. The 27-year-old former Cincinnati Reds
pitcher had requested $10.4 million. Then, on Sunday, Marlins general manager Dan
Jennings said that Jose Fernandez, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, could return in mid-June.
10-1-14: After dropping 100 games a season ago, the Marlins finished 77-85 in 2014. Young players like Henderson Alvarez and Marcell Ozuna stepped up for the club as the Marlins could be a dark horse contender next season. Had ace Jose Fernandez not been ruled out for the year in May and had the team not lost Giancarlo Stanton for the final weeks of the season, Miami very well could have been in the postseason. The aforementioned Stanton is still the NL MVP discussion.
9-30-14: The Miami Marlins have enjoyed a great second half from starting pitcher Brad Hand in 2014 as the left hander finished with a 3.89 ERA in his last 13 appearances, 11 of them coming as a starting pitcher. Hand is expected to get an extended look in spring training next year but winning a rotation spot seems like a long shot with the Marlins current pitching depth and the return of Jose Fernandez from Tommy John surgery. Miami has also looked at adding Cuban defecting outfielder Yasmany Tomas and second baseman Hector Olivera but the club seems unlikely to strike a deal with either. The Miami outfield seems to be full right now while Tomas also is expected to get really expensive before it’s all said and done while Olivera is older than Tomas and does not show the power that the outfielder does. Miami seems content to hand the second base job to Donovan Solano and Enrique Hernandez for the 2015 season. Last season on the final game of the season the Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez threw a no hitter and it happened again on the final game of the 2014 season, this time Alvarez was on the losing side of things. The Washington Nationals and their stud Jordan Zimmerman no hit the Marlins on this day as the Nats won the game by the score of 1-0 to end the 2014 regular season for both clubs. Miami finished the 2014 season with a 77-85 record and will not be in the 2014 postseason.
9-25-14: The Marlins are just 4-7 since losing Giancarlo Stanton for the season. They will need to win out to avoid a losing record, but this season is a big step forward after a 100-loss season a year ago. Despite not playing since Sept. 11, Stanton still leads the NL with 37 home runs, 299 total bases and a .950 OPS. Although he won’t win NL MVP, he remains Clayton Kershaw’s biggest competition.
9-23-14: The Miami Marlins are looking to contend in 2015 and beyond, and frankly the team needs to if they want to keep Giancarlo Stanton in town, and the team may be interested in Pablo Sandoval this winter. Sandoval is going to be one of the most highly sought after free agents on the market this offseason as power comes at a premium these days and Sandoval has enough at a prime position. If the Marlins want to keep Stanton around past the 2016 season they will have to improve on their current 74-81 record. Miami is all but guaranteed yet another losing season in 2014 and currently sit 17 games behind the first place Washington Nationals in the division. Miami was in the discussion for at least a second Wild Card until recently as the team has gone 3-7 in their last 10 games to officially fall out of the race. The Marlins biggest problem this season has been their road record as they have a 34-43 record on the road and a 40-38 record in Miami.
9-18-14: Slugger Giancarlo Stanton took a fastball to the face last Thursday, which required stitches for a laceration and he suffered facial fractures and dental damage. He left the field on a stretcher and will be out for the remainder of the season. He'll finish the season with a .288 average to go along with 31 doubles, 37 home runs and 105 RBI. He's still in the NL MVP discussion, but with Stanton missing the final two weeks that will only strengthen the case for Clayton Kershaw.
9-16-14: The Miami Marlins made an announcement this week that the team was prepared to offer Giancarlo Stanton an extension offer this winter that would make him the highest paid player in the Marlins franchise history. The highest paid player to ever wear a Marlins uniform, Florida or Miami, was Jose Reyes when he signed a six year deal worth $106 million so Stanton would have to receive an AAV of at least $20 million for this statement to be true. Stanton may have some extra time to think about a potential extension as he was struck in the face with a fastball from the Brewers Mike Fiers that required a trip to the hospital. Stanton is expected to skip major surgery thankfully after taking the pitch to the face and while he is expected to be monitored closely he will avoid a major injury after a scary incident. Stanton was ultimately diagnosed with facial lacerations and facial fractures and was deemed done for the season as a precaution for a team that is out of contention in the NL East division and both Wild Card races.
9-12-14: Despite their sub .500 record, the Marlins are just 3.5 games back for the second wild-card spot in the National League. A postseason trip is still in doubt, but a winning record is not out of the question. Remember, this team lost 100 games a year ago. Giancarlo Stanton has hit 37 home runs and knocked in 105 RBI on the year. Despite the fact the Marlins are on the outskirts of the playoff race, he may be the front-runner for NL MVP right now alongside Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
9-9-14: The Miami Marlins may be forced to trade Giancarlo Stanton this offseason if the young outfielder does not sign an extension this winter. The Marlins have stated that they will do everything they can to extend the soon to be 25 year old but speculation has run rampant since Stanton made less than encouraging statements about his future with the team. There is a Catch-22 type situation going on as the number of teams willing to give up the monster package of prospects to acquire Stanton may be unwilling or unable to pull the trigger without an extension for Stanton. The Stanton extension has already rumored to be in the 10 years and $250-$300 million or more range and not many teams can afford that type of contract in the years of luxury tax and the new collective bargaining agreement. These speculations all have come with two more years of team control so with a couple more productive seasons from Stanton and those numbers may rise significantly making him the highest paid player in all of baseball.
9-4-14: After a terrific start to the month of August, the Marlins closed things out at 3-7 in their last 10
games, leaving them on the fringe of contention at 5.5 games back for the second NL wild-card
spot. Giancarlo Stanton went 2 for 4 with a double and a two-run home run in his team's 8-6 loss
to the Mets Tuesday. He now has 35 homeruns on the year. With an outfield of Christian Yelich,
Stanton, and Marcell Ozuna, the Marlins have their offense going forward.
9-2-14: The Miami Marlins got the sound bite from All Star Giancarlo Stanton this week that made a lot of people inside the organization a little nervous. Stanton told reporters that he was undecided on whether he wanted to commit to a long term deal with the Miami Marlins after losing for the past five seasons with the club. Stanton backed off those reports a little this week as well saying he was undecided about his future as of right now but you have to think that Stanton is tired of losing and seeing few fans buy Marlins tickets to see the team live. The team is not likely to help their own cause either as Miami was in contention for both the NL East division title and second Wild Card this season and let both the July and August trading deadlines pass without adding a significant piece to the club.
8-27-14: The Marlins can't afford to drop series to teams like the Rockies in their hunt for a playoff spot, but that's exactly what happened over the weekend. This week, they’ve split their first two games with the Angels. That leaves them four games back with three teams ahead of them for the second NL wild-card slot. They finish up this week against division foe Atlanta. The fact that the Marlins are playing meaningful games, a year after losing 100 games, remains impressive.
8-26-14: The Miami Marlins announced intentions to sign Giancarlo Stanton to a long term deal as soon as this winter rather than trading their All Star outfielder. Stanton is still only 25 years old and under team control for two more seasons after the 2014 season. In 2015 the Marlins are expecting a healthy Jose Fernandez along with bigger contributions from Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna to help the team finally contend. It still seems unlikely that Stanton would sign a long term deal with Miami and it still seems likely that the Marlins will trade Stanton before it’s all said and done but the Miami organization will do everything they can on their side to make that happen.
8-20-14: The Marlins are very much in the running for a wild-card berth. They are currently just three games behind the San Francisco Giants for the second spot, though they have two other teams to jump. Giancarlo Stanton is the NL MVP front-runner in the middle of August. However, that race still appears to be as wide open. Don’t count out Miami as one of those teams who could get hot down the stretch and makes a serious run.
8-19-14: The Miami Marlins have announced plans to extend outfielder Giancarlo Stanton this offseason and have expressed no interest in trading the right hander. Not so coincidentally the Marlins have also announced that the team would aggressively pursue top of the rotation type starting pitchers this winter as the team attempts to put together a contending team in 2015. James Shields has been a name thrown around inside the organization that could be used at the top of the rotation with Jose Fernandez in 2015. If Miami intends to keep Stanton and Fernandez around while attracting big free agents like James Shields the team will have to do better than their current 62-62 record, which is good for eight games out of first place in the NL East division.
8-13-14: The Marlins have cooled off since using a 9-1 hot streak to pull back to .500 at 53-53, but they are still within striking distance of an NL wild-card spot. A series win against the Reds in Cincinnati over this past weekend, coupled with two wins this week over the Cardinals has left them just 3.5 games out of the second position. If they can squeak into the playoffs, one has to think Giancarlo Stanton becomes an NL MVP frontrunner. He leads the NL in homeruns, RBI’s and total bases.
8-12-14: The Miami Marlins started the week by designating for assignment one of their once top prospects in the system in Jacob Turner. Turner is only 23 years old and was once considered to be a Top 20 prospect in all of Major League Baseball which makes the decision somewhat surprising. Turner has struggled this season but is under team control for the 2015 season on a $1 million deal making him still somewhat attractive for Miami. The Marlins ended up trading Turner to the Cubs for two pitching prospects in Tyler Bremer and Jose Arias. One young stud the Marlins do not plan on letting go is Giancarlo Stanton. The team announced that they would pursue an offseason extension with Stanton to keep him in Miami for the foreseeable future. Stanton is 24 years old and while many around the league feel it will be unlikely that Stanton signs long term in Miami the organization is going to make their best run at keeping the power hitting right hander.
8-6-14: The Marlins have some ground to make up if they want to make the postseason for the first time since 2003. Comeback wins like they had Tuesday night against the Pirates give the Marlins hope. Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits and drove in a run during a five-run rally in the eighth inning to help the Miami beat the Pittsburgh 6-3. The Marlins are 5.5 games behind Washington in the NL East and the same amount out of the NL wild card race.
8-5-14: The Miami Marlins may have fallen out of contention in the NL East this season but they made a trade that may guarantee their contention in 2015. The Marlins and the Houston Astros hooked up for a six player deal in which Miami acquired Jarred Cosart, Enrique Hernandez, and Austin Wates for Colin Moran, Jake Marisnick, and Francis Martes along with a competitive balance draft pick in 2015. The Marlins also looked at adding Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox but ultimately could not work out a deal. Interestingly enough though Gaincarlo Stanton was not mentioned in any trade rumors involving Lester. Reportedly the Red Sox did not bother asking for Stanton and Miami instead offered a package of highly regarded prospects for the south paw.
7-30-14: The Miami Marlins may have finally fallen out of contention in the NL East but the team seems ready to field a competitive team around Giancarlo Stanton, finally. There are teams interested in Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn but Miami has not seemed inclined to trade either reliever. Also their attempt to trade for the Athletics Jim Johnson shows the team is willing to make moves if necessary to win. One player the Marlins may make available is third baseman Casey McGehee in a classic sell high trade after signing him out of Japan on a one year deal worth $1.1 million this offseason.
7-28-14: Miami is going to try to make a push for a wild card spot with a strong second-half finish. With the Marlins’ victory to open their series in Houston, they have won five of their last six games. Their pitching has been terrific, as the team has given up more than two runs just once in that six-game stretch.
7-24-14: Jacob Turner allowed two runs in his first start in over six weeks and the Marlins knocked Braves starter Mike Minor out of the game early in their 6-5 victory against the Atlanta Tuesday night. Turner returned to the starting rotation after eight relief appearances. Donovan Solano had a career-high four hits and also reached base on a walk as Miami took its second straight win over Atlanta in the four-game series. Christian Yelich had two hits and scored three runs as well for the Marlins.
7-21-14: The Miami Marlins have said they would not trade key pieces this trading deadline even if they fall out of the race which means Giancarlo Stanton is safe in Miami for at least another season. No names were mentioned in the report but you have to think Jacob Turner and Jose Fernandez are also safe in Miami for the foreseeable future. Miami is quickly fading in the division after going 3-7 in their last 10 games falling to 45-52 and 8.5 games behind in the NL East division. If the Marlins did decide to sell at this year’s trading deadline the names of Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn have been garnering tons of phone calls this week.
7-19-14: Christian Yelich, who continues to lead off for Miami, has been playing very well since returning from a back injury less than a month ago. Although he only went 1-for-4 on Friday, he still saw the most pitches of any Marlin that night and smacked his 13th double of the season. However, the Marlins only scratched across one run in their 9-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday.
7-17-14: The Marlins were tied for first in the NL East at one point this season, but they have slowly slipped since June 8th. Had ace Jose Fernandez not gotten hurt, this team could be in the race for a wild-card spot, as it has struggled mightily to fill his spot in the rotation. There will still be plenty of positives to take away from this season, and with a talented farm system, the Marlins will make noise in the near future.
7-15-14: The Miami Marlins have acquired right handed pitcher Matt Ramsey from the Tampa Bay Rays for three international bonus slots that are roughly worth about $1 million. Ramsey is 24 years old and quietly dominating Double-A this season with a 1.07 ERA with 46 strikeouts in 33.2 innings this season. Marlins fans were treated with watching their own in the Home Run Derby this week as Giancarlo Stanton represented the National League. The Marlins are falling in the NL East division with a 44-50 record at the break and looking to add a second basemen and some starting pitching at the trading deadline. The Marlins want controllable arms, not rental types, in the rotation and also need another speedy lead off hitting infielder after Rafael Furcal went down to injury.
7-14-14: After the Marlins played well at Busch Stadium against the hot St. Louis Cardinals, the rest of Miami’s road trip has not gone too well. On Wednesday, Marcell Ozuna extended his season-best hitting streak to 15 games, but the Marlins fell in extra innings to the Arizona Diamondbacks. After Thursday’s off day, Zack Wheeler outpitched Henderson Alvarez on Friday in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Marlins.
7-10-14: Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer off Arizona closer Addison Reed in the ninth inning to give the Marlins a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks Tuesday night. The only Marlins player to reach second base against Arizona starter Vidal Nuno was Ozuna when he doubled with two outs in the fourth-inning. Miami is still hanging around as they’re only five games back of Washington and Atlanta in NL East play.
7-7-14: The Marlins began a nine-game road trip on Friday in St. Louis with a loss. For the second consecutive game, they fell by just one run. Miami has dropped six of their last eight games and is in danger of falling further back in the standings before the All-Star break. On the bright side, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run home run in Wednesday’s 5-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
7-3-14: Ed Lucas' single drove home the winning run from second base with one out in the 11th inning Tuesday night, as the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4. Miami had lost their past three extra-inning games. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Marlins. Giancarlo Stanton singled home a run to increase his RBI total to 61, which leads the NL. Casey McGehee singled and has reached base in 25 consecutive games.
7-2-14: The Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton has announced that he will participate in the 2014 Home Run Derby under the new and hopefully improved derby rules for this year. The Marlins have yet to make up their minds on whether they will be buyers or sellers at this year’s trading deadline and much of it depends on how far out they are from the division, not the wild card. Personnel inside the Marlins organization feel like the National League East division is the easier path to the playoffs as the division seems to be wide open right now. The Wild Card looks to be a little more cluttered with the Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals leading the way right now with the Washington Nationals right in the discussion.
6-30-14: The Marlins have been hovering around .500 for most of the season. Henderson Alvarez brought the team’s record to 39-39 after giving up just one earned run in 6.2 innings on Wednesday. Although Giancarlo Stanton launched his National League-leading 21st home run on Thursday, Chase Utley’s walkoff home run beat the Marlins. Miami rallied with five runs in the sixth inning on Friday, but lost the contest to the Oakland Athletics.
6-26-14: Marlins rookie starter Andrew Heaney gave up five runs and four hits in five-plus innings of work in just his second career start for Miami. Unfortunately, the Marlins bats couldn’t come alive Tuesday night as the fell to the Phillies 7-4. Marlins SS Adeiny Hechavarria had an MRI that showed a right triceps strain. He could possibly land on the disabled list. Miami is only 3 ½ games back of NL East leading Washington.
6-24-14: The Miami Marlins are cleaning house in the bullpen when they recently designated Kevin Slowey and Randy Wolf for assignment and in turn produced a flurry of roster moves including calling up top prospect Andrew Heaney. Wolf has elected free agency rather than accept a minor league assignment and has cleared a roster spot in the minor leagues for Brad Penny, recently signed on a minor league deal by the fish. Penny’s deal contains a July, 31 opt out clause and a prorated $800K salary if he were to make the major leagues. The Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria announced that he would be willing to open up the checkbook to make upgrades and add additions to the team at this year’s trading deadline if the team is still competing in July, which looks very much possible at this point.
6-18-14: Garrett Jones’ three-run homer in the seventh inning this past Tuesday night propelled the Miami Marlins as they rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-5. Jones had been 0 for 9 in the series against the Cubs, who deploy the shift against the left-handed hitter. Miami, which leads the majors in home victories, improved to 24-14 at Marlins Park. Rookie Anthony DeSclafani, who was recalled from the minors Monday, gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings of work. Sam Dyson pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career win. He was then optioned back to Triple-A New Orleans. Tough luck, eh? Miami is tied with Atlanta for second place in the NL East and are only 1/2 game behind Washington for the division lead.
6-17-14: The Miami Marlins have signed their first round pick Tyler Kolek for a $6 million bonus for the second overall pick. The best part for the Marlins is not only that Kolek is happy but the team saved $821K against their bonus signing pool. Kolek joins this year’s top overall pick Brady Aiken and the Pirates Jameson Taillon as the only high school pitchers to receive signing bonuses over $6 million. Miami also signed their second round pick Justin Twine for $1.316 million. The Marlins have saved over $1 million in their draft slots this season and may throw the excess money at high school players with strong commitments to colleges across the country. The Marlins are above .500 and only a half-game behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the NL East division so the Marlins are said to be ready to get aggressive this trading deadline season.
6-10-14: The Miami Marlins signed Kevin Gregg to a deal as the team once again looks to bolster their bullpen. Gregg signed a one year deal worth $2.1 million in prorated salary once he is called up to the majors. The Marlins traded a Competitive Balance pick in the MLB First Year Players Draft worth $1.38 million to the Pittsburgh Pirates for reliever Bryan Morris and Gregg is set to make around $1.4 million in salary once he is ready to join the club. The Marlins started the MLB First Year Players Draft with the second overall pick and took left hander Tyler Kolek. Kolek was going to the Chicago White Sox in just about every mock draft before the draft so this came as a bit of a shock. Even more of a shock was the fact that Carlos Rondon was still out there and was passed up.
6-3-14: The Miami Marlins have already lost their ace starting pitcher Jose Fernandez to Tommy John surgery and are hoping to avoid that again with one of their top relief pitchers Carter Capps. Capps is being shut down and will rehab an undisclosed elbow injury hoping to avoid the knife. Capps came over to Miami as a part of the Logan Morrison trade and has a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings this season while striking out an eye popping 11.25 batters every nine innings. Miami is looking to fill voids in the international market and took a step towards that by signing 18 year old Colombian pitcher Cristian Olmos and will plug him into the Dominican Summer League. Olmos is listed at 6’2” and 180 pounds with tons of room to grow and improve on his 94 MPH fastball and ever increasingly effective curveball.
5-28-14: The Miami Marlins signed Miguel Tejada to a minor league deal last week and this week announced the details of the contract. Tejada signed a split contract that will pay him $625K in the major leagues and $125K while in the minor leagues. That’s an absolute steal if Tejada can come up to the majors and replicate his 2013 season with the Kansas City Royals of .288/.317/.378 in 167 plate appearances. Miami is still in the thick of things in the National League East division as they are currently sitting in second place with an outrageous 20-8 record at home. If the Marlins could improve on their 6-17 road record they could make a legitimate run at a division title.
5-21-14: The Miami Marlins have a deal in place with veteran shortstop Miguel Tejada in place that would bring the former American League MVP to Miami on a minor league deal. Tejada is 39 years old and coming off a year with the Kansas City Royals in which he put up a triple slash of .288/.317/.378 in 167 plate appearances before being suspended for Adderall use. The Marlins are also still reeling from the news that ace starting pitcher Jose Fernandez will need Tommy John surgery and have dropped to third place in the National League East division while putting up a 3-7 record in their last 10 games.
5-15-14: The Miami Marlins got some bad news in the middle of May as their ace starting pitcher Jose Fernandez was placed on the disabled list with an elbow strain. The Marlins have enjoyed a lot more success than expected and that is mainly on the right arm of Fernandez and fellow pitcher Jacob Turner. Tommy John surgery is the diagnosis for Fernandez so his season is done after heading for a second opinion MRI on the elbow before making a decision on how to attack the injury. Even with the injury the Marlins have overtaken the Washington Nationals in the National League East division for second place and continue to win more games than they are losing.
5-7-14: The Miami Marlins have actually been one of the surprise teams in the National League East and the entire league as they are over the .500 mark after the first 30 games in the 2014 season. Many expected Giancarlo Stanton and Jacob Turner to not be enough to put fans in the seats, sell tickets, and win games but so far we have all been wrong about the Marlins. One Marlin that will not be around to see the season out is Greg Dobbs who was designated for assignment and then released by the club. You may remember Dobbs was the player that owner Jeffrey Loria signed to a one year extension last August for $1.75 million behind the back of then president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest. Beinfest has since been fired from Miami and Dobbs joins him looking for a new job in baseball.
4-28-14: The Miami Marlins are once again sitting at the bottom looking up at every other team in the National League East division after a month of the 2014 season. The Marlins did not add any significant pieces this offseason and unloaded outfielder Logan Morrison to the Seattle Mariners in a trade. Miami is still relying on closer Steve Cishek and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to win games and bring people out to that new ballpark in Miami. Voting has opened up for the 2014 MLB All Star Game for this July so remember to vote your favorite Miami Marlins into the game.
4-14-14: Despite a decent start to the 2014 MLB season, the Miami Marlins have fallen apart lately, dropping seven straight games to sit at just 5-8. Their record is good for dead last in the NL East, as the Marlins have struggled to find offense over the past week - one that includes series losses via three game sweeps to the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. Despite a rough first 13 games, Miami continues to get solid production from Giancarlo Stanton on offense (four homers and 16 RBI’s).
4-7-14: The Miami Marlins were hoping for a modest increase in production after a horrible 2013 season, but what they got instead was a hot 5-2 start that could have easily been a 6-1 start. The Marlins got things started off on the right foot in the first week of the season, as they dominated the Colorado Rockies with a 3-1 series win and narrowly missed out on a sweep of the San Diego Padres. Giancarlo Stanton has been the hot bat to get things started in Miami, as he’s hammered out two homers and 11 RBIs. Jose Fernandez has been on the money so far on defense, taking down 17 batters with strikeouts and earning two wins.
4-1-14: The Miami Marlins weren’t expected to be very good in 2014 after a rough 2013 season that saw them lose over 100 games. At last on opening day, they made fans forget about all of the negativity. Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez set the tone with excellent pitching, as he struck out nine batters in five innings to help the Marlins in their impressive 10-1 win to start the season. The offense was in tip top shape, as well, as the team piled on 14 hits against the Colorado Rockies.
3-27-14: The Miami Marlins will start the 2014 with the lowest payroll in the entire National League with a Opening Day payroll barely over $45 million. The Marlins are still working on getting their start outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signed to an extension but Stanton seems unlikely and unwilling to sign long term with the club. The Marlins signed Ty Wiggington to a minor league deal this winter after the infielder sat out the 2013 season and released him prior to Opening Day in 2014 after a lackluster spring training for the 36 year old. The Marlins did add Reed Johnson to their 25 and 40 man roster and informed him that he would make the Opening Day roster after singing with Miami on a minor league deal this winter. The Marlins seem willing to hold onto young pitching, Jacob Turner in specific, and are looking to rebuild for another run at a National League East division title.
3-20-14: The Miami Marlins recently spent a weekend in Panama playing in a quick two game series donned The Legend Series, a series played against the New York Yankees honoring recently retired Mariano Rivera. The Marlins used four pitchers to no-hit the Bronx Bombers in the first game only to almost get no-hit themselves the next day in the Legend Series finale. Giancarlo Stanton made some headlines shortly after the series discussing his future with the Miami franchise saying that he needed one more season to think it over and see the state of the organization before making any decisions about his future. Miami has the second best record in the Grapefruit League this year surprisingly and are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Marlins have yet to name an Opening Day starter as of today but all eyes and bets seem to be on rookie sensation Jose Fernandez.
3-13-14: The Miami Marlins still have Giancarlo Stanton last I checked, that is enough to buy a ticket and head out to see the Marlins this season. The Marlins don't have much to cheer about this coming season outside of Stanton and Jose Fernandez, especially after Logan Morrison was traded to the Seattle Mariners, but the spring training competition is fierce. Almost every position is up for grabs and the young kids in the Miami system are fighting for a shot at a cup of coffee in the big leagues. Miami is playing quite well this spring with a great winning percentage and will even head down to Panama to help the New York Yankees honor recently retired Mariano Rivera with a couple games, should be fun to watch.
3-5-14: The Miami Marlins have made it clear that they are not going to offer their young outfielder Giancarlo Stanton an extension until after the season. Acquisitions that they did make include the signing of right-handed pitcher Carlos Marmol to a one year deal worth just over $1 million. The Marlins were not very active in off-season spending but they did add world champion Jared Saltalamacchia to do the catching for the team. They will also look for him to provide leadership.
1-24-14: A season ago the Miami Mar
lins had one of the worst records in the major leagues losing 100 games for the year. This offseason they signed Giancarlo Stanton to a one year $5.6 million deal to avoid arbitration and keeping their slugger happy after his name has been linked to multiple trades in the past.
1-7-14: The Miami Marlins and first baseman Gary Jones have agreed to a two year $7.5 million contract is likely to be used in a first-base platoon this season. Earlier in December the Marlins also sign veteran Rafael Furcal to play second base. The deal is incentive heavy but is reportedly for around $3.5 million. The Marlins also signed Jordany Valdespin to a minor-league contract.
12-9-13: Jeff Loria and his Miami Marlins were rumored to be suitors for Robinson Cano but I Seattle and canola agreed last week Miami is left with basically the same roster that one them only 62 games and finished in last place in 2013. Have been rumors swirling around Miami about the movement of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton who is the best player on the team. Stanton is a 24-year-old right fielder who possesses all five tools and will be coveted by many teams if the Marlins are willing to deal. In an off-season acquisition the Marlins welcomed new catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the world champion Red Sox. The Marlins gave the catcher a three-year deal worth $21 million.
8-21-13 - The Miami Marlins are in last place with a record of 48 – 76 and currently stand 27.5 games out of first. The Marlins are five – five in their last 10 games. Last night the Marlins fell short to the Los Angeles Dodgers at home by a score of six – four. Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton recorded three hits with an RBI. Starting pitcher Jacob Turner gave up 10 hits and walked five batters. The Marlins rank dead last in runs scored ,team batting average ,on-base percentage and slugging percentage. After facing the Dodgers they will then post the Colorado Rockies over the weekend.
8-6-13 - The Miami Marlins are in last place in the National League East division. They are 24 games below .500. This week they will travel to Pittsburgh and face the Pirates.
7-18-13 - Once again the Miami Marlins find themselves in last place. At least this year their payroll has been severely reduced. The Marlins are 35 – 58 And a full 18 games out of first place. The Marlins are 4–6 in their last 10 games. The Miami Marlins -89 in terms of run differential. After the break they will face the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. TheMarlins will face Kyle Lohse in game one of that series.