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  • @Marlins • 9h

    Fish Stripes: Giancarlo Stanton asked for this

    Two years ago, the Marlins "gave" Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees...at least that's how the trade was being critiqued in the moment. New Miami CEO Derek Jeter had the most impactful player on the MLB market--the reigning NL MVP who doubled as a sports marketer's dreamboat--and used it to enrich his former team. Conveniently aligning with this (over-simplified) narrative, the Yankees have racked up 203 regular season wins since then in large part thanks to a mighty offense. However, Stanton has been hampered by injuries throughout his tenure in pinstripes, preventing him from maintaining superstar-caliber production, and in the case of the just-completed ALCS, reducing him to a bystander as the Yanks again fell short of their World Series mandate.

    Two years ago, the Marlins "gave" Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees...at least that's how the trade was being critiqued in the moment. New Miami CEO Derek Jeter had the most impactful player on the MLB market--the reigning NL MVP who doubled as a sports marketer's dreamboat--and used it to enrich his former team. Conveniently aligning with this (over-simplified) narrative, the Yankees have racked up 203 regular season wins since then in large part thanks to a mighty offense. However, Stanton has been hampered by injuries throughout his tenure in pinstripes, preventing him from maintaining superstar-caliber production, and in the case of the just-completed ALCS, reducing him to a bystander as the Yanks again fell short of their World Series mandate.

  • @Marlins • 11h

    Fansided: Sandy Alcantara should be the Marlins ace in 2020

    If the 2019 MLB season taught Sandy Alcantara anything, it may have been resiliency and being patient and a very trying situation. It's not often you can look at a pitcher who has six wins and 14 losses and call him in Ace but that's exactly what the Miami Marlins have as they prepare for next season.

    If Alcantara had any kind of support from the lineup and a solid bullpen backing him up in late innings, who knows what kind of year he would have had, especially in the second half of the season.

    If the 2019 MLB season taught Sandy Alcantara anything, it may have been resiliency and being patient and a very trying situation. It's not often you can look at a pitcher who has six wins and 14 losses and call him in Ace but that's exactly what the Miami Marlins have as they prepare for next season.

    If Alcantara had any kind of support from the lineup and a solid bullpen backing him up in late innings, who knows what kind of year he would have had, especially in the second half of the season.

  • @Marlins • 1d

    Fansided: Luis Lopez' 2019 Miami Marlins Review: Control Master

    What's more impressive is that he did it all before turning 18-years-old. Luis Lopez will celebrate his 18th tomorrow. A Las Tablas, Panama native, Lopez signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on July 2nd, 2018. Former major leaguer Randall Delgado (Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks) also originated out of Las Tablas, and Lopez aims to be the second from the city to make it.

    For his first professional look, Lopez started and allowed three unearned runs while striking out two in two innings of an 8-3 win over the DSL Braves on June 5th.

    What's more impressive is that he did it all before turning 18-years-old. Luis Lopez will celebrate his 18th tomorrow. A Las Tablas, Panama native, Lopez signed with the Miami Marlins through free agency on July 2nd, 2018. Former major leaguer Randall Delgado (Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks) also originated out of Las Tablas, and Lopez aims to be the second from the city to make it.

    For his first professional look, Lopez started and allowed three unearned runs while striking out two in two innings of an 8-3 win over the DSL Braves on June 5th.

  • @Marlins • 1d

    Fansided: Did the Marlins make the right decision keeping Don Mattingly?

    Don Mattingly is one of the most liked and respected men to ever appear in a Marlins uniform. The skipper just signed a new contract extension to remain in South Florida through the 2021 season.

    There is no guarantee he will remain in the dugout until the end of his new deal. The front office has confidence in what Mattingly has done, working with a patchwork lineup, a young pitching staff, and a suspect bullpen. Hopefully, 2020 is the season it turns around in the right direction.

    The Marlins front office decided to make the decision on Mattingly's future prior to the end of the 2019 season where the team finished 57-105.

    Don Mattingly is one of the most liked and respected men to ever appear in a Marlins uniform. The skipper just signed a new contract extension to remain in South Florida through the 2021 season.

    There is no guarantee he will remain in the dugout until the end of his new deal. The front office has confidence in what Mattingly has done, working with a patchwork lineup, a young pitching staff, and a suspect bullpen. Hopefully, 2020 is the season it turns around in the right direction.

    The Marlins front office decided to make the decision on Mattingly's future prior to the end of the 2019 season where the team finished 57-105.

  • @Marlins • 1d

    Fansided: Marlins must make minor league progress in 2020

    I think when fans look back on the Miami Marlins 2019 season they will say there was a small amount of progress made compared to the 2018 campaign, but more could have been done to make it memorable.

    It's might not have been the step forward the front office or ownership group wanted to see, but there is a lot to unpack looking back at how this team looked ahead of schedule in Spring Training to teasing Marlins Nation with young pitching that looked to be on the rise to the slow and steady burn of a lack of run support and the long ball all season long.

    I think when fans look back on the Miami Marlins 2019 season they will say there was a small amount of progress made compared to the 2018 campaign, but more could have been done to make it memorable.

    It's might not have been the step forward the front office or ownership group wanted to see, but there is a lot to unpack looking back at how this team looked ahead of schedule in Spring Training to teasing Marlins Nation with young pitching that looked to be on the rise to the slow and steady burn of a lack of run support and the long ball all season long.

  • @Marlins • 1d

    Fansided: Miami Marlins Roster Shuffle Continues: Holaday Elects Free Agency

    An eight-year major league veteran, Holaday was always ready to step in and give J.T. Realmuto, and later Jorge Alfaro, a well-deserved break.

    In 2018, Holaday offset his below-average season at the plate (.205/.261/.258) with a Hall of Fame level defensive season. He made zero errors and passed one ball in 357 1/3 innings, leading the major leagues with a 45 percent kill-rate on 38 attempted steals. Granted free agency after the season, Holaday elected to sign another one-year deal with the Miami Marlins for the 2019 campaign.

    Defensively, Holaday came back to earth a little in 2019, making an error with another passed ball in 311 innings of work, with a 20 percent caught-stealing rate on 25 attempts.

    An eight-year major league veteran, Holaday was always ready to step in and give J.T. Realmuto, and later Jorge Alfaro, a well-deserved break.

    In 2018, Holaday offset his below-average season at the plate (.205/.261/.258) with a Hall of Fame level defensive season. He made zero errors and passed one ball in 357 1/3 innings, leading the major leagues with a 45 percent kill-rate on 38 attempted steals. Granted free agency after the season, Holaday elected to sign another one-year deal with the Miami Marlins for the 2019 campaign.

    Defensively, Holaday came back to earth a little in 2019, making an error with another passed ball in 311 innings of work, with a 20 percent caught-stealing rate on 25 attempts.

  • @Marlins • 2d

    Fish Stripes: Our Noticias, 10/18/19: Mesa, Prado the hot topics

    Earlier this week, the Marlins assigned right-hander Hector Noesi and catcher Tyler Heineman to Triple-A New Orleans. Noesi produced a 8.46 ERA over 12 appearances throughout 2019, while Heineman made his MLB debut in September and was used sparingly over the last few weeks of the season. Reliever Josh Smith was claimed off waivers by the Reds, too, so Miami now has three open spots on the 40-man roster which will be vital for protecting some of the organization's top prospects from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.

    Earlier this week, the Marlins assigned right-hander Hector Noesi and catcher Tyler Heineman to Triple-A New Orleans. Noesi produced a 8.46 ERA over 12 appearances throughout 2019, while Heineman made his MLB debut in September and was used sparingly over the last few weeks of the season. Reliever Josh Smith was claimed off waivers by the Reds, too, so Miami now has three open spots on the 40-man roster which will be vital for protecting some of the organization's top prospects from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings.

  • @Marlins • 2d

    Fish Stripes: Despite salary, Marlins should release Chen

    Prior to the 2016 season, the Miami Marlins signed lefty starter Wei-Yin Chen to a 5-year/$80 million deal, the largest the franchise had ever handed out to a free agent pitcher. Journalists and fans alike knew the signing was a short-sighted, win-now move, and that the contract would eventually become a huge burden for the small-market team. They were wrong--the contract has been a burden all along due to Chen's poor results.

    Through his first three years in Miami, Chen boasted a 4.75 ERA over 289 2/3 innings, which was a far cry from what the Marlins thought they were getting when they agreed to deal with a pitcher who was coming off consecutive seasons with over ten wins and 185 innings pitched with Baltimore.

    Prior to the 2016 season, the Miami Marlins signed lefty starter Wei-Yin Chen to a 5-year/$80 million deal, the largest the franchise had ever handed out to a free agent pitcher. Journalists and fans alike knew the signing was a short-sighted, win-now move, and that the contract would eventually become a huge burden for the small-market team. They were wrong--the contract has been a burden all along due to Chen's poor results.

    Through his first three years in Miami, Chen boasted a 4.75 ERA over 289 2/3 innings, which was a far cry from what the Marlins thought they were getting when they agreed to deal with a pitcher who was coming off consecutive seasons with over ten wins and 185 innings pitched with Baltimore.

  • @Marlins • 3d

    Fansided: Miami Marlins: Three players who could be DFA before February

    According to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com, "The Marlins made minor roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, outrighting catcher Tyler Heineman and right-hander Hector Noesi to Triple-A New Orleans. The Reds also claimed left-hander Josh D. Smith off waivers. Miami's 40-man roster is at 37."

    That opens the door for the front office to make more moves to strengthen the roster. It could also mean there are more moves the organization will make after the World Series as veterans become free agents and the roster is trimmed even more.

    According to Christina De Nicola of MLB.com, "The Marlins made minor roster moves on Wednesday afternoon, outrighting catcher Tyler Heineman and right-hander Hector Noesi to Triple-A New Orleans. The Reds also claimed left-hander Josh D. Smith off waivers. Miami's 40-man roster is at 37."

    That opens the door for the front office to make more moves to strengthen the roster. It could also mean there are more moves the organization will make after the World Series as veterans become free agents and the roster is trimmed even more.

  • @Marlins • 3d

    Fansided: Miami Marlins 2020 Opening Day: The Starting Rotation

    We all have our own theories, I'm sure, but even the Miami Marlins aren't sure who the five will be come late-March. There are a few locks, a few likely candidates, a few possibilities, and a few dark horses in the running for the slots. I've counted 10 in-system who would fit the bill.

    In 2019, the Miami Marlins started their season with Jose Urena (13 starts), Trevor Richards (20 starts), Pablo Lopez (21 starts), Sandy Alcantara (32 starts), and Caleb Smith (28 starts). As the season progressed, they relied on replacements as injury started to take a toll on the status quo.

    We all have our own theories, I'm sure, but even the Miami Marlins aren't sure who the five will be come late-March. There are a few locks, a few likely candidates, a few possibilities, and a few dark horses in the running for the slots. I've counted 10 in-system who would fit the bill.

    In 2019, the Miami Marlins started their season with Jose Urena (13 starts), Trevor Richards (20 starts), Pablo Lopez (21 starts), Sandy Alcantara (32 starts), and Caleb Smith (28 starts). As the season progressed, they relied on replacements as injury started to take a toll on the status quo.

  • @Marlins • 3d

    Fansided: Should the Marlins add Martin Prado to their coaching staff?

    Instead of asking him to return to the team as a utility player in 2020, could the Miami Marlins find a spot for veteran Martin Prado on their coaching staff?

    As part of his most recent "Inbox" feature on MLB.com, Joe Frisaro discussed the possibility as it was brought up by a fan. As we discussed many times over here at Marlon maniac, the thought of Prado playing anywhere else but in Miami is unthinkable, but given the fact that his contract is up, it's a real possibility.

    "Now that Martin Prado's three-year, $40 million contract has expired, the 35-year-old will become a free agent after the World Series," Frisaro points out.

    Instead of asking him to return to the team as a utility player in 2020, could the Miami Marlins find a spot for veteran Martin Prado on their coaching staff?

    As part of his most recent "Inbox" feature on MLB.com, Joe Frisaro discussed the possibility as it was brought up by a fan. As we discussed many times over here at Marlon maniac, the thought of Prado playing anywhere else but in Miami is unthinkable, but given the fact that his contract is up, it's a real possibility.

    "Now that Martin Prado's three-year, $40 million contract has expired, the 35-year-old will become a free agent after the World Series," Frisaro points out.

  • @Marlins • 3d

    Fansided: Miami Marlins Prospect Watch: Is Victor Victor Mesa 2020 Bound?

    In his first season of professional ball for the Miami Marlins, Victor Victor Mesa didn't do too shabby. His slash line lists a .235 batting average, .274 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of .263.

    No doubt it's a solid trio of stats, however it's his 11 assists in 860 innings, and 0 errors (0 errors!) that are worth stopping and taking note.

    There's no denying Mesa is a strong defender; after all he was awarded the MiLB Gold Glove this past Monday. But let's consider his efforts at the plate.

    In his first season of professional ball for the Miami Marlins, Victor Victor Mesa didn't do too shabby. His slash line lists a .235 batting average, .274 on base percentage and a slugging percentage of .263.

    No doubt it's a solid trio of stats, however it's his 11 assists in 860 innings, and 0 errors (0 errors!) that are worth stopping and taking note.

    There's no denying Mesa is a strong defender; after all he was awarded the MiLB Gold Glove this past Monday. But let's consider his efforts at the plate.

  • @Marlins • 4d

    Fansided: Pitchers welcome Marlins offseason conditioning program

    Many of the Miami Marlins top prospects began their off-season conditioning program this weekend at Marlins Park as the organization continues to develop its strength for the future.

    More than a dozen players, including Sixto Sanchez and Edward Cabrera, listed by MLB Pipeline.com as the two top pitching prospects in the Marlins minor league system. The two were teammates at Double-A Jacksonville and along with Jorge Guzman, comprise another trio of starters who will knock on the Major League rotation's door as early as the middle of next season.

    Have we mentioned the front office has done a solid job of acquiring starting pitching at a premium while making the right moves in the MLB Draft and free agency in 2019 to acquire hitters for the future?

    Many of the Miami Marlins top prospects began their off-season conditioning program this weekend at Marlins Park as the organization continues to develop its strength for the future.

    More than a dozen players, including Sixto Sanchez and Edward Cabrera, listed by MLB Pipeline.com as the two top pitching prospects in the Marlins minor league system. The two were teammates at Double-A Jacksonville and along with Jorge Guzman, comprise another trio of starters who will knock on the Major League rotation's door as early as the middle of next season.

    Have we mentioned the front office has done a solid job of acquiring starting pitching at a premium while making the right moves in the MLB Draft and free agency in 2019 to acquire hitters for the future?

  • @Marlins • 5d

    Fansided: Will Nick Neidert jump to the Marlins main roster in 2020?

    After his stellar performance in the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, the Miami Marlins must take a long look at Nick Neidert as a potential member of the rotation next spring.

    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com ranked Neidert's performance as the third-best amongst Fall Star prospects.

    "Neidert missed three months of the season with a knee injury, though you wouldn't know it from his AFL performance (1.62 ERA, .186 ERA, 17/2 K/BB in 16 2/3 IP)," Mayo writes. "He kept that up in his start for the East on Saturday, tossing two scoreless and striking out four, mixing in his low-90s fastball with life well with his breaking ball and changeup.

    After his stellar performance in the Arizona Fall League All-Star Game, the Miami Marlins must take a long look at Nick Neidert as a potential member of the rotation next spring.

    Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com ranked Neidert's performance as the third-best amongst Fall Star prospects.

    "Neidert missed three months of the season with a knee injury, though you wouldn't know it from his AFL performance (1.62 ERA, .186 ERA, 17/2 K/BB in 16 2/3 IP)," Mayo writes. "He kept that up in his start for the East on Saturday, tossing two scoreless and striking out four, mixing in his low-90s fastball with life well with his breaking ball and changeup.

  • @Marlins • 5d

    Fansided: Marlins to keep Trey Hillman and Mel Stottlemyre Jr. on staff

    Per sources and MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins will retain pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. and first base/infield coach Trey Hillman for the 2020 MLB season. The news is tempered with the announcement that Fredi Gonzalez will not return as the team's third-base coach to pursue other options.

    The moves made by the organization will continue to bring continuity to the 25 man roster for next season as the front office hopes this will be the year the ball club makes a move out of the National League East cellar.

    Per sources and MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins will retain pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. and first base/infield coach Trey Hillman for the 2020 MLB season. The news is tempered with the announcement that Fredi Gonzalez will not return as the team's third-base coach to pursue other options.

    The moves made by the organization will continue to bring continuity to the 25 man roster for next season as the front office hopes this will be the year the ball club makes a move out of the National League East cellar.

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