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Derek Dietrich singled, walked and knocked in two runs off the bench as the Marlins topped the University of Miami 7-1 on Tuesday.

Dietrich had a solid .712 OPS in 158 major league at-bats and an exceptional 1.019 OPS in 98 Triple-A at-bats last season, but by going out and getting Dee Gordon and Martin Prado over the winter, the Marlins made it clear they're not ready to count on him. He'll probably head back to Triple-A and wait for something to open up. He has really good pop for a second baseman, though his unexceptional range probably makes him a better fit at third.
Mar 3 - 4:19 PM

Chris Narveson, back from Japan, struck out the side in his inning versus the University of Miami on Tuesday.

Narveson, who won 23 games for the Brewers between 2009 and 2010, is going to try to make the Marlins as a reliever after going 4-11 with a 4.53 ERA in 24 starts for the Yakult Swallows last season.
Mar 3 - 4:15 PM

Giancarlo Stanton (face) is not in the Marlins' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Miami Hurricanes.

Stanton was hit in the hip during an intrasquad game over the weekend, but he was only grazed. The Marlins are just taking it easy with Stanton early on. He'll be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Marlins open Grapefruit League action against the Cardinals. Stanton was hit in the face with a fastball in September last season, requiring surgery. He will be wearing a new, more protective helmet and should still be counted on for elite fantasy numbers as he begins a record 13-year, $325 million contract signed in November.
Mar 3 - 8:31 AM

Donovan Solano reached all three times he was up and scored twice Monday as the Marlins beat Florida International 7-2.

Several Marlins backup infield candidates had nice days, with Reid Brignac going 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI, Don Kelly delivering a two-run double and Jordany Valdespin going 1-for-2 with a walk from the leadoff spot. The Marlins are committed to Jeff Baker, Ichiro Suzuki and backup catcher Jeff Mathis for the bench, leaving two spots for Solano, Brignac, Kelly, Valdespin, Derek Dietrich, Miguel Rojas, Reed Johnson and Tyler Colvin. Solano and Rojas probably have the edge for one spot, with the other going to another outfield option, most likely Kelly or Johnson.
Mar 2 - 4:09 PM

Jose Fernandez (elbow) threw a successful bullpen session on Sunday, the first time he's done so since undergoing Tommy John surgery last May.

The All-Star right-hander threw 15 pitches during the session, all fastballs. Fernandez estimated that his velocity was at about 50-55 percent and that everything felt "really, really normal". He'll repeat the process on Thursday, then will throw regularly on Mondays and Thursdays each week. He remains on track to rejoin the Marlins at some point in mid-to-late June.
Mar 1 - 11:17 PM

Jose Fernandez (elbow) will throw off a mound on Sunday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

He's slated to throw 15 fastballs during the session. Fernandez will be built up slowly from there, eventually mixing breaking balls into his mound work. The Marlins will obviously proceed extra cautiously with their young ace, as Fernandez isn't expected back until mid-June at the earliest. He had Tommy John surgery last May.
Mar 1 - 10:32 AM

Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement from baseball.

Pierre, 37, didn't play last season but only now has officially decided to hang up his cleats. It was quite a career for the speedster, as Pierre sported a .295/.343/.361 batting line over his 14 seasons while stealing 614 bases. He never made an All-Star team, but Pierre finished in the top-20 in National League MVP voting twice and won a World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003.
Feb 27 - 12:48 PM

Giancarlo Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since last year's brutal season-ending beaning.

Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage when he was struck in the face last September by a Mike Fiers pitch. He will wear a protective guard on his helmet this season, though he did not sport it Thursday because he was only tracking pitches, not swinging. Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with the Marlins in November. He should again be a fantasy monster in 2015.
Feb 26 - 12:45 PM

David Phelps is preparing as a starting pitcher this spring.

Phelps will likely end up in the bullpen, as the Marlins currently have their starting rotation set, but he'll be ready to step in if a pitcher goes down with an injury. It's a role Phelps is familiar with, as he made 17 starts with the Yankees last season. In total, the 28-year-old posted a 4.38 ERA over 113 innings of work in 2014.
Feb 21 - 4:38 PM

Brad Hand will prepare as a starting pitcher during spring training.

Hand made 16 starts for the Marlins last season, but a busy offseason leaves him on the outside looking in as spring starts. Hand, 24, will likely only crack the rotation if a starter suffers an injury in the coming weeks. The southpaw had a 4.38 ERA in 111 innings this past season.
Feb 21 - 4:35 PM's Joe Frisaro reports that Jose Fernandez (elbow) is expected to begin throwing off a mound around March 1.

The thought had been that he'd be ready for mound work at the beginning of spring training, but it appears it will be a bit later than that. It doesn't change Fernandez's projected return date from Tommy John surgery, as the Marlins aren't expecting him back until mid-June at the earliest.
Feb 20 - 8:39 AM

Marlins manager Mike Redmond plans to bat Christian Yelich second and third this spring.

Dee Gordon is set to hit leadoff this season, so Redmond wants to experiment with where Yelich fits best going into 2015. "If I give you the lineup what are we going to talk about for the next six weeks?" explained Redmond. "Want to mess around with some lineups in spring training, maybe hit Yellie a few times in a three-hole, hit Stanton a few times in the four-hole. I don't know how often all those guys will play together, but see where it works and how comfortable Yellie is in that two-hole." If Yelich ends up batting third, Stanton would bat cleanup while Martin Prado would likely slide into the No. 2 spot. Either way, Yelich is in an excellent situation for fantasy value. He remains a player on the rise.

Marlins re-signed OF Reed Johnson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Johnson batted just .235/.266/.348 with two home runs in 201 plate appearances last season as a backup outfielder for the Fish. The 12-year major league veteran has never really held fantasy relevance.
Feb 17 - 4:05 PM

Marlins RHP David Phelps has been awarded $1.4 million through arbitration.

Phelps requested $1.875 million when figures were exchanged last month, but the arbiter ruled in favor of the team. The right-hander is slated to serve in a swingman role for the Marlins in 2015.
Feb 13 - 12:07 PM

Marlin and LHP Mike Dunn avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $5.8 million contract.

Dunn will earn $2.35 million in 2015 and $3.45 million in 2016, plus has the potential to earn an additional $100,000 in incentives. The 29-year-old hurler excelled in a setup role for the Marlins in 2014, compiling a 3.16 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 67/22 K/BB ratio over 57 frames.
Feb 8 - 8:28 PM

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