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» 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:
» UPDATE: Marlins to Host 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.
» Updated 4 Year Plan
Dec 16, 2014 - 4:32 PM - by nny

So we went from something like a ~.500 team to a mid-80s win team. Still not "hell yeah playoff team" but we should definitely be in the race. And there's certainly some growth there (Dee, Yelich, maybe Hech) since I really try to be harsh/non-homer.

This is assuming Haren aint playing for us. So that's still roughly ~10m we have available for 2015. Assuming we're going with a ~75m payroll in 2016, we're even there. And assuming a ~85m payroll in 2017, we're about 5m over there. But we can still make a run at Shields (really the only FA left, yeah?), though I'm pretty meh towards doing that.

2015: Get rid of some combination of Cishek, Jones, and Eovaldi to get to ~20m this year.

2016: Trading Eovaldi and Cishek alone free up 14m, then you got arms like Koehler, Crow, and Dunn you could replace with in house options for the minimum to get up to 20m.

2017: So we'd need to shed 25m. Cishek, Eovaldi, and Koehler alone are 22m. But we'd also need to figure out 1B in 2017 with Morse gone.

Anyway, point being, we can still definitely sign James Shields and make it work. Could have signed Chase Headley and made it work, and I think that'd be a better improvement. But oh well.

I'm in the camp of not making any more big signings now, and instead look at taking on a multi-year contract mid-year when we have a better idea what our holes are. Plus have that money freed up to extend Mat Latos, who I'd much rather have than Shields considering that age difference.
» Marlins Sign Mike Morse to a Two Year Deal
Dec 16, 2014 - 8:28 AM - by Big Z
The Marlins are close to a deal with free agent Michael Morse, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets.
» Rule 5: Marlins Add Andrew McKirahan and Matt Tomshaw; Lose Mark Canha
Dec 11, 2014 - 12:18 PM - by HUGG
Canha taken by the Rockies

McKirahan via Baseball America:

Andrew McKirahan, lhp, Cubs: Heís a lefty who has come on lately. A reliever at Texas, McKirahan had Tommy John surgery in 2012 which cost him much of two seasons and has set him back in his development. He started to return to form this season as his fastball jumped up to 92-96 mph this year that he mixes with a fringe-average breaking ball. Just donít expect him to be a lefty specialist. McKirahan has been tougher on righthanders than lefthanded hitters every where heís gone since he returned to the mound after his surgery.
Brandon Warne ‏@Brandon_Warne 47s48 seconds ago
Miami snipes Matt Tomshaw from the Twins
we out here killing people
» Marlins trade Dan Jennings (Not GM) for Andre Rienzo
Dec 11, 2014 - 12:07 PM - by emkayseven
Manny Navarro ‏@Manny_Navarro 20s21 seconds ago
In another move #Marlins acquired RHP Andre Rienzo from the White Sox in exchange for left-handed reliever @LtDanJennings
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