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Date: Team: Pos:

Marlins signed 1B/OF Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million contract.

Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season. While he is 32 years old, Morse has shown a consistent bat when he's healthy and at a cheap price, he should provide nice numbers and veteran leadership for a Marlins offense that's coming together this off-season.
Dec 17 - 3:22 PM

Derek Dietrich left Tuesday's Dominican Winter League game with an ankle injury.

The good news is that X-rays came back negative, so Dietrich should be fine. The young infielder will compete for a bench job in spring training.
Dec 16 - 8:38 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Michael Morse will receive $16 million over two years in his contract with the Marlins.

He can also earn more in performance bonuses. Earlier reports suggested that Morse's deal was for $12 million or even $8 million, but the $16 million figure makes more sense. The former Giant figures to receive the bulk of the playing time at first base for the Marlins, though Garrett Jones should see some starts versus lefties if he's not traded.
Dec 16 - 7:06 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Garrett Jones is generating trade interest.

The Marlins are getting calls on the heels of a reported agreement with free agent Michael Morse. Jones could stick around as a left-handed backup first baseman and outfielder, but Frisaro hears that he'll most likely be dealt. The 33-year-old is set to earn $5 million in 2015.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Dec 16 - 3:29 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Michael Morse's two-year deal with the Marlins is in the $12 million range.

If the report is correct, that's a very reasonable price to pay for an upgrade at first base. Morse batted .279 with 16 home runs and an .811 OPS (including a 130 OPS+) this past season and should be less of a liability defensively with a move away from the oufield. The Marlins could either use him as their everyday first baseman or platoon him with Garrett Jones.
Dec 16 - 1:58 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the White Sox have reached an agreement with right-hander Brad Penny on a minor league deal.

After sitting out the 2013 season, the 36-year-old Penny made it back to the majors this year with the Marlins and struggled to the tune of a 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll provide some rotation depth in the spring.
Dec 16 - 1:07 PM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have agreed to a two-year contract with Michael Morse, pending a physical.

The financial terms aren't yet available. The Marlins have been very active this offseason and the addition of Morse further strengthens their lineup. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games this past season with the Giants. The Marlins could either go with a Morse/Garrett Jones combo at first base or try to deal Jones.
Dec 16 - 9:15 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins are close to signing Michael Morse.

No word yet on the terms being discussed. If signed, Morse would presumably take over the starting first base job for the Marlins, which could make Garrett Jones available via trade. Morse turns 32 in March and batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season.
Dec 16 - 8:30 AM

Marlins acquired RHP Craig Stem from the Dodgers to complete the trade for 1B/OF Kyle Jensen.

Stem looks like a non-prospect, posting a 4.28 ERA and 147/82 K/BB ratio over 178 2/3 minor league innings. Slated to turn 25 next month, Stem has only 19 games of experience above A-ball.
Dec 15 - 8:23 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that Brad Penny has narrowed his choices to three teams and will make a decision later this week.

That he has three options to choose from is a feat in and of itself. Penny made it back to the majors in 2014 after sitting out the 2013 season but posted an ugly 6.58 ERA over eight appearances. He'll have to settle for a minor league deal.
Dec 15 - 8:19 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins may consider trading Dan Haren if he would truly rather retire than pitch for them next season.

Haren said in mid-November that he wouldn't pitch for a team outside of Los Angeles because he wants to remain close to his family, but the Dodgers moved him to the Marlins anyway in a blockbuster Winter Meetings trade. Haren, 34, hasn't announced whether he plans to stick by that statement. He should be of interest to a number of teams on the West Coast if the Marlins begin to shop him.
Dec 15 - 11:58 AM

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have "had more talks" with Michael Morse in recent days.

Jackson says that Morse might be the team's "best realistic option" at first base, as they don't want to trade Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart for help at the position. Morse has also drawn interest from the Orioles and Rangers as a potential designated hitter. The 32-year-old batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games for the Giants last season.
Dec 14 - 12:13 PM

Marlins signed INF Scott Sizemore to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 29-year-old spent the majority of the 2014 season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre where he hit .266/.329/.433 with seven homers and 41 RBI in 81 games. Should he find his way into a utility role with the Marlins, he might be able to carve out value in NL-only formats.
Dec 12 - 9:47 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Marlins have agreed to a minor league deal with Scott Sizemore.

The deal was first mentioned by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Repeated trips to the disabled list have really taken the luster off of this once top prospect, but he's still just 29-years-old and possesses an intriguing blend of power and speed. He stands a good chance of cracking the Marlins Opening Day roster in a utility role.
Dec 12 - 6:18 PM

Marlins acquired RHP Mat Latos from the Reds for RHP Anthony DeSclafani and C Chad Wallach.

Latos is due to become a free agent after the 2015 season, but he should be an excellent rental property for the Fish. The 27-year-old right-hander owns a 3.27 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 8.2 K/9 in 901 1/3 innings since the beginning of the 2010 season. He should take on even more fantasy value now that he'll be making half his starts at pitcher-friendly Marlins Park as opposed to the very-hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park.
Dec 11 - 1:35 PM


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