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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Sources: Marlins, OF Corey Dickerson reach 2-year, $17.5 million deal

The Miami Marlins have reached an agreement with free agent outfielder Corey Dickerson on a $17.5 million, two-year contract, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

MLB Network first reported on the deal between the sides.

The 30-year-old Dickerson hit .304 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs last season for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies, who acquired him on July 31. Dickerson had 42 extra-base hits and a .565 slugging percentage.

So, how long before they trade him for nothing much?

 

QLE Posted: December 29, 2019 at 12:43 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: corey dickerson, hot stove, marlins

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Marlins agree to minor league deal with former Dodgers All-Star Matt Kemp

Still looking for answers offensively, the Miami Marlins are hoping they’ve found a reclamation project who can help contribute in the outfield.

The Marlins have agreed to a minor league contract with former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, a source confirmed to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. A three-time All-Star, Kemp will receive an invitation to major league spring training and have an opportunity to make the team.

Kemp met with team officials last week during the MLB Winter Meetings in San Diego.

The deal reunites Kemp, 35, with former manager Don Mattingly. The Marlins skipper coached Kemp for four seasons (2011-14) in Los Angeles during his previous stint as the Dodgers manager.

Mind you, the Marlins being the Marlins, promotion to the majors might not be particularly difficult…..

 

QLE Posted: December 19, 2019 at 01:38 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, matt kemp

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Marlins are talking to Yasiel Puig

A few years ago the notion of Yasiel Puig‘s free agency seemed kinda fun and exciting. You could picture people arguing about whether giving him big bucks was a good idea. Whether the great production was worth the circus.

These days he’s nowhere near a first-tier free agent, his 2019 season was — with the exception of one early-season bit of chaos — kind of quiet, and his lack of production has rendered this offseason almost completely devoid of Puig chatter.

Jon Heyman breaks that silence today by reporting that the Miami Marlins met with Puig this week. Heyman says the club has also talked to Avisaíl García, Corey Dickerson and Kole Calhoun. Again, not the kind of company you would’ve figured Puig would be keeping in his eventual free agent market, but a lot has happened over the years.

Will he take any of us along as he slides on down?

 

QLE Posted: December 14, 2019 at 12:30 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, marlins, yasiel puig

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Marlins to install artificial turf, move in fences for 2020 season

The Miami Marlins will join Major League Baseball’s trend toward artificial turf by installing the surface at Marlins Park for 2020, and they’ll move in the fences for the second time in four years.

CEO Derek Jeter said an artificial surface solves the challenge the Marlins have had growing grass in the retractable-roof stadium since it opened in 2012. They’ll install the same turf used by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers.

Five of the 30 teams in the majors now will have artificial turf. Arizona added it this year, joining Toronto and Tampa Bay. Texas’ new ballpark opens in 2020.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2019 at 03:36 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Saturday, November 02, 2019

MLB rumors: Longtime Giants coach Hensley Meulens could join Marlins

SAN FRANCISCO—Hensley Meulens was one of the first two people to interview for Bruce Bochy’s old job, but now it’s looking like Meulens won’t be with the Giants at all next season.

Meulens is not one of the finalists for the manager job and now appears headed for Miami. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Meulens and the Marlins are discussing a position on the coaching staff. Meulens and Marlins manager Don Mattingly played together with the Yankees in the early 1990s.

Wait- that’s a job one would volunteer to take?

 

QLE Posted: November 02, 2019 at 12:43 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: hensley meulens, marlins

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Report: Don Mattingly took a pay cut to stay with the Marlins

It was mildly surprising that the Miami Marlins gave Don Mattingly a contract extension. That’s not a negative comment on Mattingly. He’s a fine manager, he has had nothing to work with talent-wise and, all things considered, he has kept the Marlins on an even keel when, thanks to all of the losing, a team in their position might otherwise have a cancerous clubhouse.

No, it was surprising because Mattingly was hired while the team was under previous ownership and had a completely different crew in the front office. Teams often like to have their own man in the dugout at some point and, give that his contract was expiring, it seemed like the Marlins would want to go in a different direction. But nope, he got two more years.

Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that part of the decision to keep Mattingly on may have been that he was willing to take a pay cut:

“Don Mattingly’s $2.8 million salary this season was believed to be the sixth-highest among major-league managers. Not only was the number too high for the cost-conscious Marlins, but it also was out of line with an industry trend in which teams continue to reduce managers’ pay.

To keep his job and get an extension, Mattingly needed to accept a significant pay cut. And in his new two-year deal, announced by the Marlins on Friday, that is exactly what he did, according to major-league sources.”

As before, my apologies for not using the source that was behind the paywall.

Well, we knew there was a catch somewhere….

 

QLE Posted: September 24, 2019 at 01:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, extensions, marlins, payroll

Friday, September 20, 2019

Marlins sign Don Mattingly to two-year contract extension, per report - MLB Daily Dish

The Marlins reportedly are in agreement with manager Don Mattingly on a two-year contract extension with an additional option. Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase was the first to break news of the deal, and sources such as MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and the Miami Herald’s Jordan McPherson and Barry Jackson confirmed the reports on Thursday night:

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2019 at 09:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: don mattingly, marlins

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Can Ronald Acuña Jr. join 40-40 club after becoming second youngest to 30-30?

Major League Baseball won’t have the spotlight to itself for much longer. The NFL and college football seasons are upon us, meaning fans attention will be divided in the weeks and months ahead.

Some of the league’s brightest superstars did their part to keep that spotlight on Friday. That includes Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. In Friday’s thrilling 2-1, 14-inning win against the New York Mets, Acuña became the newest member of MLB’s 30-30.

Now his sights are set an even more exclusive club: 40-40.

That was just one notable moment in a night filled with milestones, comebacks and records that highlight how fun and unpredictable baseball can be.

A collection of assorted trivia- as for the question in the title, the answer seems obvious enough, especially given what his stolen base rate has been so far versus what it would need to be.

 

QLE Posted: August 24, 2019 at 03:44 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: 40-40 club, aristides aquino, gary sanchez, marlins, ronald acuna

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

I’m not sure what is more embarrassing- having a grudge match with the Marlins, or not being able to win it decisively.

 

QLE Posted: August 21, 2019 at 03:49 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, grudge match, marlins

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Marlins apologize for Steve Irwin death tweet: ‘This was definitely a miss’

The Miami Marlins got in a back-and-forth Twitter conversation with the Tampa Bay Rays following their series Sunday, and it eventually led to the Marlins’ social team going all-out.

The tweet gained plenty of attention (mostly praise), but on Monday, the Marlins apologized.

“This was a regrettable exchange by our otherwise creative social media team. Unfortunately, in this medium, sometimes we swing and miss, and this was definitely a miss,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

The spokesperson added: “The matter has been addressed internally.”

How low can Derek Jeter go?

 

QLE Posted: August 07, 2019 at 03:47 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, rays, twitter

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Caleb Smith goes 7 innings to help Marlins beat Arizona 11-6

By the second inning, Caleb Smith had infield dirt on his jersey, his knee and the backside of his pants, which is why his third inning of pitching was less than clean.

Smith endured a bad stretch after a baserunning adventure but recovered to pitch seven innings and help the Miami Marlins beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-6 Monday.

Smith laid down a bunt in the second and wound up at third base thanks to two errors on the play. The next inning he gave up three hits, including a three-run homer by Ketel Marte, and acknowledged his jaunt on the bases took a toll.

“We need to keep oxygen tanks in the dugout,” Smith joked. “My legs were definitely tired. It took probably two innings to get my legs back under me.”

Remember when pitching for seven innings was the norm, and not something mentioned in sports headlines?

 

QLE Posted: July 30, 2019 at 05:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: caleb smith, marlins, pitching

 

 

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