Player News - Marlins

Date: Team: Pos:

Marlins signed 1B Jonathan Rodriguez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rodriguez spent 2017 with the Twins organization, where he was also on a minor league deal. The 28-year-old first baseman put up big numbers with a .926 OPS, but he did most of his damage in Double-A Chattanooga. As bad as the Marlins are, it's unlikely Rodriguez becomes anything more than organizational fodder for Miami in 2018.
Jan 18 - 1:42 PM

Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Marlins would need Ronald Acuna in a trade for Christian Yelich.

Gammons goes so far as to say that the Marlins won't even discuss a second player without Acuna being included in a trade. That's probably fair, because the Braves likely wouldn't want discussions to go on if they have to include him. As good as Yelich has been, it's tough to imagine that Atlanta would be willing to include the player that many consider the best prospect in baseball in a trade for him. Assuming Gammons is correct, you probably won't see Yelich in a Braves uniform in 2018.
Source: MLB Network
Jan 17 - 9:11 PM

Brad Ziegler said in an interview on Fantasy Sports Radio on Wednesday that he tried to pitch through a rib injury last season which he initially suffered in the first week of spring training.

The injury went unreported and the veteran reliever tried to gut it out even though he admitted it made it difficult for him to breathe during the first half. Ziegler eventually went on the disabled list and missed five weeks with what the Marlins called a right back strain. He had a 6.52 ERA at the time but returned to post a 2.00 ERA the rest of the way. Ziegler is slated to open 2018 as the Marlins' closer and could be in line for a bounce-back season if the injury was largely responsible for his first-half struggles. Of course, if he does pitch well he'll be a good bet to be traded somewhere to be a setup man for a contender.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 17 - 4:20 PM

Christian Yelich's agent told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com on Tuesday that his client's relationship with the Marlins is "irretrievably broken."

Yelich expressed surprise and disappointment last month when the Marlins moved Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna, and now his trade request has become more of a trade demand. "The relationship between player and team is irretrievably broken," the agent, Joe Longo, said Tuesday. "It's soured. He's part of the old ownership regime. The new ownership regime needs to get new parts into this plan and move forward, and he needs to get on with his career where he's got a chance to win. The big issue is him winning and winning now." Yelich, 26, has drawn interest from the Nationals, Blue Jays, Giants, Phillies, Braves, and Rangers, but Miami's asking price is said to be sky high.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 16 - 7:22 PM

Ichiro Suzuki may consider returning to Japan for the 2018 season, per his agent John Boggs.

Boggs told Barry Bloom of MLB.com that he had extensive conversations earlier this winter with the Mariners and Padres, but both clubs have since moved on. Other teams have asked Boggs to "check back" closer to spring training. Ichiro, a certain first-ballot Hall of Famer, has racked up 3,080 major league hits since arriving from the Orix Buffaloes in 2001. But he batted just .255/.318/.332 in 136 games with the Marlins last year at age 43. And he turned 44 in October.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 16 - 6:36 PM

Marlins re-signed RHP Javy Guerra to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 32-year-old appeared in 16 games with the Marlins in 2017, posting a 3.00 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 12/7 K/BB ratio in 21 innings of work. He has a decent chance of cracking the club's Opening Day bullpen with a strong showing in the spring.
Jan 13 - 1:37 PM

Marlins signed 1B/OF Scott Van Slyke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 27-year-old struggled through an injury-plagued 2017 season, hitting just .122/.250/.293 with a pair of homers and three RBI in 41 at-bats with the Dodgers. He's a nice low-risk signing for the Marlins and could wind up on the Opening Day roster as a platoon player.
Jan 13 - 10:28 AM

Dan Straily requested $3.55 million and was offered $3.37 million by the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The 29-year-old is experiencing arbitration for the first time. He has pitched for five different teams in his five-year career. He went 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 181 2/3 innings spread over 33 starts with the Marlins last year.
Jan 12 - 11:15 PM

Marlins sign RHP Jumbo Diaz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Diaz is one of the hardest-throwing relievers in the majors but has struggled with walks and homers in his time with the Reds and Rays. He has a career 4.02 ERA with 172 strikeouts in 30 innings. He didn't make his major league debut until he was 30 years old back in 2014 after spending 11 full years in the minor leagues.
Jan 12 - 10:21 PM

Justin Bour requested $3.4 million and was offered $3 million by the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The first baseman is eligible for arbitration for the first time. Bour registered a fine .289 batting average with 25 home runs and 83 RBI in just 429 plate appearances last year. Bour could be on the move as the Marlins execute a fire sale this winter.
Jan 12 - 7:22 PM

J.T. Realmuto requested $3.5 million and was offered $2.9 million by the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

Realmuto has requested a trade out of Miami but for now must work his way through the arbitration system with the cost-conscious Marlins. He batted .278/.332/.451 with 17 home runs and 65 RBI last year.
Jan 12 - 6:41 PM

Marlins signed RHP Tyler Cloyd to a minor league contract.

Cloyd made it back to the majors for one appearance in 2017 after a three-year hiatus. The 30-year-old is merely a depth addition.
Jan 12 - 5:08 PM

Marlins and INF Derek Dietrich avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract.

Dietrich was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 28-year-old put up a .249/.334/.424 batting line with 13 home runs in 2017.
Jan 12 - 3:15 PM

Marlins and INF Miguel Rojas avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.18 million contract.

Rojas was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He hit .290/.361/.375 as a part-time player in 2017.
Jan 12 - 1:56 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Starlin Castro has requested a trade from the Marlins.

Many thought the Marlins would quickly flip Castro to another team after acquiring him from the Yankees as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade, but that obviously hasn't happened yet and MLB.com's Joe Frisaro wrote last weekend that Miami might wind up keeping the 27-year-old second baseman. That clearly isn't sitting well with Castro, who doesn't want to be part of another rebuilding process like he was in his early days with the Cubs. Castro is due $10.857 million in 2018 and $11.857 million in 2019 with a $16 million club option for 2020.
Jan 10 - 10:42 AM


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