Marlins Way: Spring Training 2014 Primer

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Last year the Marlins entered Spring Training with very low expectations. The pundits picked them to finish in the cellar and with more than 100 wins. Looks like the Fish didn't receive that news well and went on to defy their critics by finishing with exactly 100 wins and not completely in the basement - the Astros proved to be worse. So, it wasn't the miraculous-look-out season that we Marlin … [Read more...]

Marlins Keep Adding to 2014 Roster

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Lots of low-risk, high-reward type of budget signings are pushing the Marlins forward this offseason. They were able to shore up their backstop position with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and fortify problem positions with Garret Jones and Rafael Furcal at 1st and 2nd, respectively. Instead of trying to find a longer-term solution for their 3rd base woes, they took a flyer on Casey McGehee who had a … [Read more...]

Ty Wigginton Gets Spring Training Invitation with Marlins

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To help bolster the competition for their bench, the Marlins brought in the much traveled Ty Wigginton - recently departing the St. Louis Cardinals who had signed him to a 2 year deal worth around $5M. Wigginton only appeared in 47 games and put up a .158/.238/.193 slash line as a Cardinal. Yet the 36 year old can offer some pop off the bench, hitting 169 home runs over his career since … [Read more...]

Marlins Offseason Getting Solid Grade

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Coming into this offseason, the Marlins needed to upgrade three basic areas - 1B, C, and 3B. They had overhauled their front office and questions abound what exactly this team would do. Would they continue to bottom-feed and be cheap or would they make clear upgrades? If the latter, at what cost would these moves be? Would they trade away their inventory of strong, major-league-ready pitching … [Read more...]

Trading Logan Morrison Sets Up as a Mistake, Move Backwards

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Ok, I'll admit it. Logan Morrison perturbs me. He thinks Twitter is more important than working on his swing and his defense - and with a guru like Perry Hill on your team, your defense should improve through osmosis alone. LoMo's "tell it like it is/keep it real" persona on Twitter is a distraction. I have seen his tweets coming while he was supposed to be playing in a game. He even recently … [Read more...]

Deals Loom at Winter GM Meeting as Marlins Focus on Thirdbase Options

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They've signed a catcher (Jarrod Saltalamacchia for 3 years $21M) and a 1B (Garrett Jones for 2 years at $8M) and even bagged a former all-star to take over at 2B for the interim (Rafael Furcal for 1 year $3M). The Marlins were targeting improved offensive production from both corner spots of the infield and at catcher. Although it can be argued that the Marlins may have made a lateral move with … [Read more...]