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...]

Marlins Continue Revamping Roster for 2014

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There is definitely a new sheriff in town. The Marlins have added Jarrod Saltalamacchia to take over at the backstop, signed Rafael Furcal to slide over to 2B for a season, and signed Garrett Jones to play 1B and added Carter Capps for the departed Logan Morrison. And today they sent Justin Ruggiano packing to the Cubs for Brian Bogusevic. So, what did the Marlins get back? Overall, there are … [Read more...]

Things Looking Up for the Marlins?

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At the end of May, things were already looking dismal. The Fish were in the midst of a 9 game losing streak after getting swept by their in-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, and were going to face the New York Mets. That was May 30th. Now, the Marlins are 12-9 since. They are heading back to Miami after defeating the defending champion Giants 3 out of 4 games in San Francisco. The city is … [Read more...]

A Glimpse Into the Future: What Are the Plans for the Marlins Outfield?

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We may have a slight problem. Giancarlo Stanton is poised to be coming off the DL soon. He is running on an anti-gravity treadmill - no, it is nothing out of Star Trek, just a vest that he wears while running on a treadmill to take his weight off of his body while he runs. He has been showing signs of progress and should be back sooner rather than later from a Grade 2 hamstring pull. Estimates … [Read more...]

With Marlins Offense Anemic, Some Changes Must Be Made

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The good news is, the Marlins have the pitching and the defense to make a push for a strong run. They could, potentially, rattle off 5-10 wins in a row. Then there is the bad news - the offense just plain sucks. They can't scratch out runs, let alone score runs in bunches. Nothing new to report there. The Marlins knew they were going to be challenged at scoring runs and there was a recognition … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Jacob Turner Sent Down; Giancarlo Goes For Two

Andiamoooooooo Giancarlo! Well, the play call I keep hoping to hear still hasn't surfaced yet, but if it did, you would hear it twice today. Stanton hit two home runs, one mammoth shot to the top of the batter's eye in straightaway CF, as the Marlins flexed some muscle and beat the Nats 8-5 today. Chris Valaika also went yard and our boy, Chris Coghlan hit a pinch-hit home run, too. Wondering if … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Demotions, Lawsuits, and Other Notes

Looks like I was wrong about Chone Figgins. Despite hitting .318 this spring with the Fish, he is not viewed as a valued asset over other options the Marlins have in house. He was released by the Marlins this past Wednesday, leaving the team with 42 players left in camp. That means that Figgins could not displace Nick Green, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Matt Downs, and Chris Valaika as an option. Figgins … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Observations vs Mets 3/16

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A couple of things are standing out to me while watching this game against the Mets today in Port Saint Lucie. Kevin Slowey has solid stuff. That 5th starter spot is going to be a tough decision with Wade LeBlanc, John Maine, Alex Sanabia, and Slowey in the mix. They might just have to keep all of them around to give the Fish more options for starting pitching if young arms aren't quite up to … [Read more...]

Marlins Spring Training 2013: Key Battles Emerging for CF, 5th Spot in Rotation, IF

The Marlins spring is really getting some notice around baseball. This is a team that has purged payroll, yet again, and has reverted back to a youth movement. Although this has netted much criticism from fans, it does seem to have promise for the immediate future. The Marlins are winning games and playing highly competitive baseball at all positions. They are getting solid pitching … [Read more...]

Why Not Grady Sizemore?

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Justin Ruggiano is out for a bit, so the competition for CF is intensifying. The Marlins could actually add a recognizable name - for cheap - and with no risk. Grady Sizemore is still a free agent and available. Could be a good pairing. The Marlins are trotting out there Chris Coghlan to see if the former 2009 ROY is back to where he was prior to his knee injury in 2010. He is healthy and … [Read more...]