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Jan 15, 2015 - 7:48 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 - 2:11 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 - 9:44 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:
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