Marlins Have Two Heavyweights On Horizon

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Recently Juan C. Rodriguez over at the Sun-Sentinel was thinking out loud about the implications of the Braves' re-signing Freddie Freeman to an 8 year deal worth $135M on the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. The basic conclusion is, the Marlins will have to pay. How much? About $128.5M for about the same amount of service time - and that would be if the Marlins signed Stanton now. If he has a … [Read more...]

Marlins Continue Seeking Value For Bullpen; Sign Henry Rodriguez

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The Marlins seem to have some luck in making below-the-radar moves with their bullpen needs - and they may have another in the making. The Marlins signed Henry Rodriguez to a minor league deal and are looking to see if the reliever with a live fastball can harness some accuracy to become a serviceable bullpen option again. For his career, Rodriguez has 150 Ks in 148IP - and 102 BBs. He's … [Read more...]

Giancarlo Stanton Signs; Marlins Avoid Arbitration

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The Friday 1pm arbitration deadline came and went and for the second year in a row, the Marlins avoiding a hearing with any of their players. It was the first time since 2005-2006. One of the focal points was Giancarlo Stanton's status - he ended up netting a one year, $6.5M deal; up from his $537K from last season. Stanton's numbers were not good enough to really challenge Miguel Cabrera's … [Read more...]

Marlins Dynasty: What Could Have Been?

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As I go around town lately, everyone is donning Miami Heat paraphernalia. It's good to see endless speculation about your Heat, too - the praise is finally nice to see. History has been rewritten. Lebron James has transitioned from villain to good guy as the result of winning. And I can't help but wonder is this will happen for the Miami Marlins, too. Can Jeffrey Loria migrate from sourpuss … [Read more...]

Anger and Frustration Abounds, But Marlins Remain Compelling

Ok, I admit it. I am a Marlins fan. For whatever reason, I have this team fixed to my DNA. I am bound to watch and check the standings, stats, box scores, and any other nook and cranny to see how this team is performing. And some of my ilk have thrown their hands up and are protesting. Well, protesting in their own way - which means they refuse to buy tickets or anything that would directly … [Read more...]

Miguel Cabrera Wins Player Choice Award, Indicates Wrong Direction for Marlins

Award season is starting for MLB and it's going to be a long one for Fish fans. Miguel Cabrera, fresh off his Triple Crown season and World Series appearance, now is a constant reminder of the wrong direction the Marlins have taken since 2003. Sure, Miguel Cabrera was putting on weight and there were some maturity issues back when Miggy was looking for his first big contract. The amount of … [Read more...]

Coghlan and Ramirez Have Record Setting Month

It's been an amazing month for the Marlins offense. From matching a streak of 10 or more hits in 15 straight games - a feat unseen since the 1920's (and for that matter, never seen on TV) to watching some amazing individual performances. Chris Coghlan and Hanley Ramirez just became the first two Marlins since 2006 to combine for 80 or more hits in a month. The last time this was done was by Miguel … [Read more...]

Marlins Sweep Their Way Back Into Hunt

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They left Washington, DC in a cloud of embarassment, frustration, and confusion. They left Philadelphia booming with confidence and sensing the urgency of the playoff push upon them - with great promise. How can a team turn things around so quickly, so suddenly? That is baseball, and in a marathon season like this, it is a series, not a game, that can determine the success of a … [Read more...]

Cabrera and Willis Gone

Fish no more.Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis are no longer Marlins. Arguably one of the best hitters of his generation, Miguel Cabrera was working real hard on getting back into shape when the deal was made. As for Dontrelle, he was on vacation in Mexico when he got the news.Neither player netted a familiar name in return, which was to be expected. The Marlins are in survival mode and … [Read more...]

Cabrera Still Being Shopped

Miguel Cabrera, who Marlins fans hoped to be the face of the franchise for a long time, is still being shopped around.Those who want to see him stay can continue to pray; those who want to land him on their team must also continue to prey. And the bidding is getting intense.The Marlins front office, charged with some of the most difficult challenges of any of their peers, continue to fight the … [Read more...]