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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Finding the best spot for Giancarlo Stanton

Some fun stuff from Dan Szymborski. (The Photoshop skills in the article images are pretty, pretty good. )

Jim Furtado Posted: November 21, 2017 at 07:04 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, tradecasting

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Questions And Challenges Loom Over Derek Jeter

This is just stupid.

While it’s doubtful that another instance of Yankees vs. Red Sox will influence Jeter, it is a complication that is in place only because he’s Derek Jeter and trading Stanton to Boston will be perceived as a betrayal of the Yankees despite the reality he is no longer connected to the organization in any way other than as a franchise icon.

Jeter must take care not to let that affect him even in a subconscious way. The last thing he needs is the appearance of impropriety by trading Stanton to Boston to “get back” at the Yankees for whatever reason, real or imagined; or to send him to the Yankees with the inevitable backlash of Jeter turning the Marlins into a supplier to his former team.

It’s no-win.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2017 at 01:28 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Derek Jeter addresses Giancarlo Stanton rumors | MLB.com

That said, Jeter noted that the club has “some financial things we have to get in order,” a process that could begin with a trade of Stanton, who is owed $295 million over the next decade.

“This is an organization that’s been losing money for quite some time, so we have to turn it around,” Jeter said. “How we do that? It’s not clear. It’s easy to point the finger at him because he makes the most money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the move that’s going to be made.

“We’re here [at the General Managers Meetings] like every other team, trying to figure out how we can make this organization better. No one has come out and said that we are specifically trading Giancarlo Stanton. We’re seeing the best way to make this organization successful, and we want it to be sustainable for a long time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 16, 2017 at 06:15 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, giancarlo stanton, marlins

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fansided: Two Teams Take Lead in Stanton Stakes

The Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are heating up, with two front-runners emerging from the mix. Now, you would think it would be the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, or even the “all-in” Washington Nationals.

One team from the West coast and the other from the Midwest could be the heavy favorites to land the highly sought after slugger.

Not to be arch about it, as the answers are large as life in the tags.

fra paolo Posted: November 10, 2017 at 11:37 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, giants, marlins, trade rumors

Thursday, November 09, 2017

SF Chronicle: A’s Interest in Yelich, Ozuna

One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed payroll, the A’s have interest in Marcell Ozuna and, though their preference is for a right-handed hitter, possibly Christian Yelich.

Oakland will have money to spend after trading many of its higher-priced players in July. Plus, Billy Butler’s contract is now off the books. Though the A’s won’t entertain moving any of their core young major-leaguers, apart from designated hitter-corner infielder Ryon Healy, the team has compiled some good minor-league talent over the past several years and could be willing to part with some of it in exchange for a big bat.

fra paolo Posted: November 09, 2017 at 10:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, hot stove, marlins

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Miami Herald: Marlins Decline Ichiro’s Option

They couldn’t pick up the option, if he wanted them to.

In what was the first significant roster decision for new ownership, the Marlins on Friday declined their $2 million club option to retain Ichiro, who now becomes a free agent. Suzuki will receive a $500,000 buyout.

fra paolo Posted: November 04, 2017 at 10:34 AM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Sun-Sentinel: The Case for Trading Stanton

All the arguments for shopping Stanton in one place.

“Honestly, if you’re going to lose, lose a series, it’s whatever. I don’t really care,” Stanton said. “If it’s not enough to help win, then personal stuff [doesn’t matter]. I’ve had enough personal stuff. If we don’t win, it’s not that fun.”

It’s not hard to extrapolate that to the Marlins’ situation overall. Eight years into his career, Stanton has never played on a winning team. He’s had enough of the losing.

Of course, remember to be careful what you wish for.

fra paolo Posted: November 02, 2017 at 11:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: hot stove, marlins

Monday, October 30, 2017

Miami Herald: A Fall Plan for Marlins’ Payroll Cuts

According to two sources, the Marlins will look to trade outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who’s due $25 million next season, and also will try to trade second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Martin Prado.

It’s worth a throw, I suppose.

fra paolo Posted: October 30, 2017 at 04:49 PM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, trade rumors

Friday, October 27, 2017

Miami Herald: Good-bye Mr Marlin

Jeff follows Jeffrey out the door.

Jeff Conine, who served as a special assistant to former team president David Samson, said he turned down an offer from new ownership to remain with the organization in what would have been a sharply diminished role at lower pay….

Conine is a South Florida baseball icon, an original Marlin and member of both World Series teams.

PLUS: some random gossip about Mattingly’s future with the club, how much a special assistant makes, how many Yankees are going to follow Derek to South New… I mean Florida.

fra paolo Posted: October 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The season never ends of Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki

On the night the season ended — a Sunday — Suzuki said he returned to his Miami Beach residence and began working out on the custom-made equipment he has set up in his home.

He returned to the ballpark on Wednesday and has continued showing up there six days a week. It would be seven if not for the fact the ballpark is closed on Sundays, with no one to let him in.

“There’s never a day where I just sit at the house and just relax and do nothing,” he said. “There’s not a day like that. It’s not like I have to do this. For me, I want to do it. It’s fun. Maybe for the other players, it’s not like that. I’m not sure. But for me, it’s fun and I want to come out and that’s why I do it.”

He will head back to Japan at the end of the month and spend the rest of the offseason there.

“But the schedule is the same in Japan,” he said of his daily workout routine.

He is determined to keep playing.

“I kind of want to be able to lead the way and show that age is not a factor, and that you can continue to do what you want to do,” Suzuki said. “So if there’s a player in the future that’s going to want to play up to this point, or to a certain age, then they’ll have somebody who has done it before.”


Friday, October 13, 2017

Miami Marlins new owners plan to cut payroll to $90 million | Miami Herald

Getting a team to take the contract *and* send young controllable players back won’t be an easy task.

If the current roster was left unchanged, next year’s payroll would approach $140 million, meaning ownership would need to eliminate about $50 million to get to the $90 million target figure they presented to owners. The owners could always choose to exceed or fall below $90 million.

An opening day payroll of $90 million would have ranked 26th of 30 teams in the majors last season, ahead of only the Oakland A’s ($82 million), San Diego Padres ($71 million), Tampa Bay Rays ($70 million) and Milwaukee Brewers ($63 million).

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2017 at 02:34 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Heyman | Jeter’s Hiring And Firing Decisions Annoy Loria

Loria is a bad ex.

When former Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria handed over his seat to new owner Derek Jeter, he made some recommendations among the current staff, and for better or worse, Jeter has done mostly the opposite.

Loria, according to sources, suggested that Jeter keep high-ranking baseball people Mike Berger, Jeff McAvoy, Marc Delpiano and Jim Benedict, and that he let go longtime scouting director Stan Meek. Jeter has already fired the four Loria suggested he keep, and word is that Jeter is likely keeping Meek, who would have been let go by Loria.

It’s obviously all Jeter’s call, and he has no obligation to follow the advice of Loria (and some would say a fresh start is better, anyway). But, for what it’s worth, some people around the team believe that Loria is confounded by the moves.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2017 at 05:53 AM | 35 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Monday, October 09, 2017

Dade County Wants Its Cut of Marlins Sale

Accountants: sharpen your pencils!

Loria’s 2008 deal with Miami and Miami-Dade included payout provisions if he sold the team within six years of the 2012 opening of a county-owned ballpark built with more than $400 million in public dollars and about $150 million from the team. The deal requires the Marlins to pay the two governments 5 percent of the proceeds of a sale.

Five years and six months later, the bill may be coming due. But with Loria able to deduct both debt and taxes paid on the sale, it’s not known whether he plans on notifying local governments that they’re entitled to any dollars from the transaction.

Bote Man Posted: October 09, 2017 at 09:37 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, miami, money, taxpayers, team sales

Monday, October 02, 2017

Jeffrey Loria Is Sending His Bobbleheads To Cooperstown

Outgoing Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is taking one of his prized belongings, his collection of 900 bobbleheads, and giving them to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The remaining 300 to 400 bobbleheads that weren’t part of his private collection will continue to be displayed at Marlins Park.

Those bobbleheads are perhaps the best reason to go to Marlins Park.

Bote Man Posted: October 02, 2017 at 04:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bobbleheads, jeffrey loria, loria, marlins, marlins park

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton wins HR, RBI titles | MLB.com

“It was tough not to think about,” Stanton said of the home run attention. “But at the same time, if I hit 60, you guys would be sitting here saying, why didn’t I hit 61 or 62? I’m fine with the way my season went.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:32 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Thursday, September 28, 2017

It’s Official: MLB OKs Marlins Sale to Sherman-Jeter Group

Major League Baseball’s owners unanimously welcomed Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter to the ownership ranks on Wednesday, approving the Marlins’ sale to the group led by the venture capitalist and the Yankees legend.

The vote was conducted via conference call. Approval is contingent upon the closing of the sale transaction with the Marlins’ current ownership, led by Jeffrey Loria. That is expected to take place within the next week.

Release the hounds!

Bote Man Posted: September 28, 2017 at 12:17 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: jeter, marlins, ownership, sale, transactions

Monday, September 25, 2017

Olney: Derek Jeter must make impossible decision about Giancarlo Stanton’s future - Buster Olney Blog- ESPN

Others who have seen the Marlins’ books all say the same thing: The unpopular franchise is saturated with debt. The club’s current television contract runs out in a few years, and it’s unclear how much growth the Marlins can expect, given the club’s struggles on the field. A lot of Miami baseball fans have been unhappy with the way that the team’s relatively new ballpark was funded, and they have stayed away from a place that isn’t easy to access before games and isn’t easy to leave on those rare nights when a sizable crowd appears.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 25, 2017 at 05:56 AM | 100 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Friday, September 22, 2017

Jeter Cleans House Via Remote Control

Derek Jeter doesn’t even own the Marlins yet, but he already has informed the team that he plans to fire two special assistants who are in Baseball’s Hall of Fame (Andre Dawson and Tony Perez), the manager who led them to the 2003 World Series championship (Jack McKeon), and the player known as Mr. Marlin (Jeff Conine), according to two MLB sources.

And here’s the twist: Jeter asked Marlins president David Samson to fire those four Marlins luminaries for him, because Jeter didn’t want to do it.

Even more strange: Jeter made the request after telling Samson what he already knew: that Samson would not be returning as team president.

I wonder if they received gift baskets?

Bote Man Posted: September 22, 2017 at 08:46 PM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: douchebag, firings, front office, jeter, marlins

How Marlins pitcher Junichi Tazawa helped create 90 jobs in a North Carolina candy factory

Tazawa. Candy. Baseball. This is a fun one.

jmurph Posted: September 22, 2017 at 01:48 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: candy, marlins, red sox

Marlins’ Brian Anderson — inspired by Brian Anderson and Brian Anderson — has one of the most common names in baseball history - Sun Sentinel

“It’s almost like you see yourself. Oh, there’s a Brian Anderson up there. Maybe that’ll be me one day,” Anderson said. “It’s a pretty cool experience, seeing a guy with your name. That said, it also makes you realize you’re really common, so you’re not going to stand out much with your name.”

Anderson, the Miami Marlins’ third baseman, stood out enough anyway to earn his first major league call-up this month, becoming the third Brian Anderson in major league history. Out of the 19,169 players ever to play in the bigs, Brian Anderson is tied with several others as the 14th most common name, according to Baseball Reference.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 22, 2017 at 06:41 AM | 38 comment(s)
  Beats: brian anderson, marlins

Friday, September 08, 2017

Heyman | 7 Potential Landing Spots In Giancarlo Stanton Trade

If the Marlins are truly committed to slashing payroll to the core, Stanton has to go. As Heyman mentions, trading him after this season maximizes the get. How many teams, though, would be willing to eat the salary *and* kick back quality prospects?

As for Heyman’s thoughts on potential landing spots…if the Marlins are looking to slash payroll, I don’t see them taking Ellsbury back.

4. YANKEES
The Yankees did make a call, and while there hasn’t been a lot of internal buzz about them, they definitely could swing it. They could include Jacoby Ellsbury as a way to offset the deal (though of course the Marlins would want prospects back, too, and the Yankees have those). However, the Yankees are believed to have real interest and intention even in going below the tax threshold this winter to set themselves up nicely for the next winter, and a big deal like this would probably kill that possibility. They also don’t have a great need for a power-hitting right fielder since they have the second-best one in Aaron Judge.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 08, 2017 at 08:56 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Stephen Strasburg extends scoreless streak, overcoming cramps to beat Marlins

MIAMI — In the sixth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 2-1 win Tuesday over the Miami Marlins, Stephen Strasburg fell behind Giancarlo Stanton 3-0. Strasburg was also experiencing calf cramps at the time, a minor problem he cannot seem to shake, and it all combined to create a rather discouraging set of circumstances for the Nationals right-hander.

But Strasburg fought back into the count against the man on a mighty home run tear and induced a groundout. He then struck out Christian Yelich on his way to completing his 26th consecutive scoreless inning — all while leaping awkwardly off the mound after every pitch, bitten by a cramp in his calf that eventually forced him from the game.

No Nationals pitcher has ever had a scoreless streak as long as Strasburg’s 26 innings. No homegrown Nationals pitcher has been as consistently dominant as Strasburg has been when he is healthy — or even when he is not-quite-healthy, as he was Tuesday night.


Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Derek Jeter’s reported plan to slash Marlins’ payroll is cruel | SI.com

It’s a lot easier to say it when it’s not your money.

It would be a colossal mistake and deeply wrong on the part of Jeter and Sherman to come to Miami and immediately tear things down. To give up right from the get go would be to admit openly that professional baseball isn’t worth the effort in Miami, and if the new ownership group can’t commit to doing what’s right for the franchise and its fans, then they shouldn’t be allowed to purchase the team. Manfred and MLB may desperately want Jeter back in the fold, and they likely want to sell fans on the idea of a new day coming in Miami. But should Jeter buy the team, it looks like it’ll be the same old story for both players and fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 02:35 PM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: derek jeter, marlins

Meet the math/computer whiz who helps make Marlins baseball decisions | Miami Herald

So what was realistic about the movie?

“There was sort of a divide between the traditional scouting and the analytics stuff a decade ago,” Parè said. “I do think that gap has closed quite a bit and teams realize that just any source of information they can get more of and better of is going to help them make better decisions and be more of a competitive advantage.

“For every organization I’ve worked with (the Marlins, Indians and Blue Jays), there has been none of that animosity between the scouts and the analytics people. You’re all kind of pulling in the same direction. Even though there are disagreements about certain player evaluations and strategy, there’s a healthy respect in the game today for both sides of it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 05, 2017 at 11:32 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Monday, September 04, 2017

New Marlins owners plan told potential investors they plan to cut payroll | Miami Herald

For those who believe Derek Jeter’s purchase of the Marlins will be a great panacea, here’s one warning:

His group doesn’t appear equipped to spend lavishly on payroll.

In fact, a potential investor who was specifically briefed by the Bruce Sherman/Jeter group this summer said they spoke of a payroll being pulled back from $115 million to potentially as low as $55 million (if Giancarlo Stanton is traded) or $80 million to $85 million if Stanton is retained at $25 million next season.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 07:52 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

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