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» Marlins Sign OF Ichiro Suzuki
Jan 23, 2015 - 12:25 PM - by emkayseven
Craig Mish
Hearing Ichiro Suzuki and @Marlins have agreed to terms.
Mish works for SiriusXM MLBN and Fantasy channels
Craig Mish ‏@CraigMish 2m2 minutes ago
for more on the Ichiro deal join me and @CliffFloyd30 at 2 EST on @SiriusXMFantasy XM 87 Sirius 210
11:26am: Ichiroís deal is expected to be a one-year pact in the $2MM range, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter).

11:19am: The Marlins have agreed to terms with free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, reports Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio (Twitter link). The 41-year-old Ichiro, a client of John Boggs & Associates, should serve as Miamiís fourth outfielder in 2015.

Though his skills have clearly eroded somewhat with age, Ichiro posted a respectable .284/.324/.340 batting line in 385 plate appearances with the Yankees in 2014. He also swiped 15 bases in 18 tries, continuing a career-long trend of pronounced efficiency in that regard. Defensive metrics pegged him as an average right fielder, and he slid over to center field for a brief, 19-inning cameo as well, suggesting that heís capable of doing so in a pinch should the Marlins require such a move on occasion in 2015.
On the downside, that's less money for Shields
» Buster Olney Names Marlins Outfield #1 in Majors
Jan 18, 2015 - 11:49 AM - by emkayseven
Giancarlo Stanton got a lot of attention in 2014 for his record-setting contract, for leading the National League in homers, and for that frightening moment when he was hit in the face by a Mike Fiers fastball. All of that obscured Stanton's improvement as a player defensively, just one more reason why he and teammates Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna make up the No. 1 outfield combination in the majors.

With that, here's Part VI of the team element rankings: The top 10 outfields, based on the thoughts of MLB evaluators:

1. Miami Marlins

The Marlins' trio of Stanton, Yelich and Ozuna is incredibly young, and while colleague Jonah Keri might consider this blasphemous, it's not unreasonable to wonder whether these guys might eventually compare favorably with some of the trios that the Montreal Expos fielded through their extraordinary history of outfielders, such as the trio of Tim Raines, Andre Dawson and Ellis Valentine (or Warren Cromartie), or the Moises Alou/Marquis Grissom/Larry Walker set. Stanton appears destined to be remembered as one of Major League Baseball's great power hitters, Yelich's career is off to an excellent start, and the other day, ESPN Insider Tony Blengino explained why Ozuna looks ready to break out.

Opposing pitchers already worked carefully to Stanton -- especially lefties, given his 1.000-plus OPS against them -- but this probably will be the season he starts to get a steady dose of the Barry Bonds treatment, as Andrew McCutchen and Freddie Freeman did last season. Stanton had 94 walks last season, and a rival scout mentioned the other day that it's a wonder he didn't have a lot more than that.

The Marlins' other two starting outfielders will have a lot to do with whether Miami exploits the chances created by Stanton's dominance at the plate. Yelich will hit in front of Stanton, along with Dee Gordon, and as Pirates manager Clint Hurdle noted last summer, lineup protection really comes from the spots in front of an elite hitter, not behind him, because if the top of the order consistently fills the bases, pitchers are backed into a corner and forced to deal with someone like Stanton. And Ozuna will hit behind Stanton somewhere, although the Marlins aren't sure where yet, and should bat often with Stanton on base.

As with those Montreal outfield combinations, there is excellence on defense as well, with Ozuna and Yelich each ranking among the leaders in defensive runs saved at their respective positions. Mark Simon, the "minister of defense" for ESPN Stats and Information, passed along numbers that show Stanton's improvement: "Stanton had rated well in right field every season but 2013 (minus-7 DRS). He bounced back to 7 DRS in 2014.

"Baseball Info Solutions charts good fielding plays and defensive misplays and errors as a means of doing advanced scorekeeping. Good plays can be things such as catches on tough-to-catch balls and cutting off throws to prevent baserunners from taking extra bases. Defensive misplays would be things like slipping and falling, failing to cut off a ball or failing to handle a carom off the wall cleanly." Here's a look at both categories for Stanton:

Stanton good plays vs. misplays and errors

2010: 25 good, 20 misplays and errors

2011: 25 good, 49 misplays and errors

2012: 24 good, 37 misplays and errors

2013: 18 good, 39 misplays and errors

2014: 28 good, 29 misplays and errors

"So he got his ratio back to 1-to-1, when it was not close to that from 2011 to 2013."

Stanton appears to be locked up through the next Bush or Clinton presidency, and Yelich and Ozuna are under team control for the years ahead. They could accomplish a whole lot together.
» Marlins Avoid Arbitration with Crow, Gordon, Cishek, Alvarez
Jan 16, 2015 - 1:32 PM - by lou
The agreed on arbitration with Crow ($1.95), Gordon ($2.5), Cishek ($6.65), and Alvarez ($4).

About what expected. A little higher on Alvarez than I thought, but a bit lower on Cishek.

Good job with those so far. Latos is the big one. Dunn and Phelps pending.
» Marlins Monitoring Market for Yoan Moncada
Jan 15, 2015 - 8:48 PM - by marlinsfan24
MIAMI ó Itís already been one of the busiest and potentially most productive offseasons the Marlins have enjoyed in years. Still, there and indications the club isnít finished just yet.

Weíre not talking about the obligatory signing of arbitration-eligible players and finding a fourth outfielder. Weíre talking another significant move or two.

We do know the club has maintained interest in free agent James Shields. Some in the industry are rumbling Miami could be a sleeper squad in pursuit of Max Scherzer. I can flat out say, there is zero chance Miami is in on Scherzer.

For the sake of discussion, if Miami is willing to pay Shields, 33, a five-year deal worth, say, $90 million, is that a better investment than going after Yoan Moncada, the 19-year-old Cuban sensation?

This much I can say about Moncada. All the hype you hear about him is true. Heís a switch-hitter with power from both sides. Heís also a versatile athlete who can play five positions. He may profile in the infield, perhaps even at shortstop, and he plays the outfield.

Moncadaís price tag also could be in the $80 million range.

The Marlins also are monitoring the market on Moncada.

In recent years, Miami has come up short in the bidding of high-profile Cuban players. They made plays for Jose Abreu and Yeonis Cespedes, but in both cases, they underestimated the market.

Right now, teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers have been linked to Moncada. Itís probably a long shot Miami can get the deal done.

But keep this in mind. Center fielder Marcell Ozuna is a year away from being arbitration-eligible. Ozuna also is represented by Scott Boras, who traditionally stays away from contract extensions and allows his players to reach free agency.

If that is the case, Ozuna could move on in a few years. By then, Moncada could be an option to take over in center field.

The Marlins clearly are looking to win now. Shields would help them do that. But Moncada could be the type of impact player who can keep the team competitive for years to come.

Something to ponder.
» Marlins Manager Mike Redmond on MLB Network Radio
Jan 15, 2015 - 3:11 PM - by emkayseven
Been meaning to post this - I caught his interview with Casey Stern and Jim Bowden 2 nights ago and took some notes. Nothing that new, but a few interesting things.

-He mentioned once again that they may possibly get Jose Fernandez back in June. He said this in the last MLBNR interview I heard a few months ago.

-Casey Stern asked about the Haren situation and asked if Redmond himself has spoken to Haren. Red danced around the subject a bit, said Haren was a professional and he knows there's been conversations with the front office. Red said they all know he'd prefer to be back home but they hope that he'll go out there and pitch. Redmond said when spring training starts hopefully he'll be in a Marlins uniform and he'll have a conversation with him then.

-Redmond mentioned that they plan on stretching Crow and Phelps out in spring training and letting them go out and compete for a starting job, and if not having one or both in the bullpen. He didn't rule out both of them being starters or relievers. He said the organization felt they needed depth in case someone gets banged up, and that that was something that was missing last year.

-He mentioned that the priority going into the offseason was to target a leadoff hitter. He mentioned that Dee Gordon was excited to work with Perry Hill. Jim Bowden talked for a minute about how he's seen a lot of analytics show Gordon as below average at 2B but he didn't like those stats - he mentioned that Gordon was above average at SS and that a move to 2B isn't as easy as everyone thinks, and noted that if Dee works with Hill he should become above average. Redmond agreed and noted the poor analytics on Hech's defense as a comparison. He and Bowden both mentioned they think they will be a dynamic double play combination.

-Casey Stern mentioned that it was clear they looked at player makeup in acquisition in relation to Prado, Morse, and Gordon being good clubhouse guys, and noted that through his years of interviews multiple players mentioned Martin Prado as the best teammate they ever had. Redmond said he had heard that as well, and said he loved that they got "good teammate" type guys.

-Bowden mentioned Shields and Redmond laughed. Bowden said he likes the Marlins a lot as a dark horse candidate, but Red was silent.

-Bowden said he's a huge Mike Morse fan but doesn't like the defense and the health, so he asked what the Marlins' backup plan was. Redmond said it will be a spring training competition, and mentioned that Solano has worked with Hill at first base, but said that no doubt the team was counting on Morse to be healthy and they think that if he focuses on playing one position and doesn't have to worry about where he's playing it will help him.
» Lineup Proposal Via Glenn Geffner
Jan 10, 2015 - 10:44 AM - by Malman
1. Christian Yelich, LF

2. Martin Prado, 3B

3. Giancarlo Stanton, RF

4. Michael Morse, 1B

5. Marcell Ozuna, CF

6. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C

7. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

8. Pitcher

9. Dee Gordon, 2B

Have at it...interested to see what everyone has to say. Here's the link:
» Miami and San Diego Finalists for 2017 All-Star Game
Dec 27, 2014 - 10:29 AM - by Party
Bob Nightengale @BNightengale
The #Orioles are the leading contender to get the 2016 #MLB All-Star Game, while the 2017 All-Star Game will go to the #Marlins or #Padres
San Diego will likely get it. Stadium is already 10 years old.

Baltimore has hosted the All-Star Game within the last 25 years. Meanwhile, the National League has a backload of new and renovated ballparks waiting to host.

Marlins Park
Nationals Park
Dodger Stadium
Wrigley Field (once renovations have been completed)
Sun Trust Park (Braves)

Can we just get rid of home field advantage and end the leagues alternating All-Star Game sites?
» Photos from the Miami Beach Bowl at Marlins Park
Dec 27, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by Party
Marlins Park hosted the first ever Miami Beach Bowl last week. The game between Memphis and BYU was in the afternoon and drew 20,761 (yeah right). It was the first bowl game played within the City of Miami in 15 years.

Definitely made for some interesting shots. Even with a football field thrown on it, the place is gorgeous.

» Marlins Trade Casey McGehee To Giants For Kendry Flores, Luis Castillo
Dec 19, 2014 - 7:33 PM - by HUGG
Joe Frisaro ‏@JoeFrisaro 3m3 minutes ago
I'm hearing Casey McGehee is going to the #SFGiants for two lower-level Minor League pitchers #Marlins No announcement yet
still waiting on names
» Marlins acquire Prado & Phelps from the Yankees for Eovaldi, Jones and German
Dec 19, 2014 - 1:11 PM - by MiamiHomer
Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
Marlins and Yankees have been discussing trade that would send Eovaldi and Garrett Jones to NY for Martin Prado and P David Phelps.
Jack Curry @JackCurryYES
Source: Yankees are on the verge of acquiring P Nathan Eovaldi from Marlins for Martin Prado. Teams still talking, finalizing the deal.
Looks like it's happening.
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