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Friday, January 14, 2022

Source: HOF broadcaster Dave Van Horne retiring

Longtime Marlins radio voice Dave Van Horne is “effectively retiring,” according to a report in The Miami Herald.  A source confirmed the news to MLB.com, though the club has not commented on the report.

Van Horne, 82, will not pursue work elsewhere, and he finishes his broadcasting career with 56 years worth of experience—53 at the Major League level, including 21 with the Marlins. He was the 2011 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, the highest honor for a broadcaster. His signature home run call of “Up, up and away!” was a fan favorite….

Van Horne’s career began in the International League in 1966, where he broadcast Richmond Braves games for three seasons. During Van Horne’s years in Virginia, he earned Sportscaster of the Year twice for his work on football, baseball and basketball broadcasts. His MLB broadcast career began in 1969, when he became the Montreal Expos’ lead announcer during their inaugural season. He remained there for 32 years on radio and television before taking over as the Marlins’ radio voice in 2001.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 14, 2022 at 06:36 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Miami Marlins acquire Joey Wendle, send Kameron Misner to Tampa Bay Rays

The Miami Marlins acquired All-Star third baseman Joey Wendle as part of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday.

In return, the Rays got back Kameron Misner, a 23-year-old outfield/third base prospect.

Wendle spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay. He had a career-high 11 home runs to go with 54 RBIs and 73 runs scored in 136 games this past season for the AL East champion Rays.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 30, 2021 at 08:21 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: joey wendle, marlins, rays

Monday, November 29, 2021

Marlins trade for catcher Jacob Stallings

The Marlins solidified their catching situation on Monday, acquiring Jacob Stallings from the Pirates for right-hander Zach Thompson and prospects Kyle Nicolas and Connor Scott, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The trade was pending physicals, and neither club has confirmed the report.

Stallings, who turns 32 on Dec. 22, is the reigning National League Gold Glove Award recipient after recording an MLB-tying 21 defensive runs saved, regardless of position. He also finished as the only Major League backstop not to allow a passed ball in 104 games behind the plate. Stallings’ 8.8 FRM—FanGraphs’ calculation of catcher framing value—tied for the best mark in the NL with the Brewers’ Omar Narváez. According to Baseball-Reference, Stallings accumulated 3 WAR in 2021. For an organization with young but talented pitching like the Marlins, placing an emphasis on a plus defender at catcher is a wise one.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 29, 2021 at 06:24 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: jacob stallings, marlins, pirates

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Report: Marlins, outfielder Avisail Garcia agree to four-year, $53M deal

The Miami Marlins have added a veteran bat to their outfield by agreeing to a four-year, $53-million contract with Avisail Garcia, according to multiple reports.

Garcia, 30, spent the past two seasons with the Brewers and hit .262/.330/.490 in 2021 and set career highs with 29 home runs and 86 RBIs.

He was named an all-star in 2017 while with the White Sox and has also played for the Tigers and Rays over his 10-year career.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2021 at 06:05 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: avisail garcia, marlins

Monday, November 22, 2021

Report: Sandy Alcantara, Marlins near 5-yr. extension

The Marlins and ace Sandy Alcantara are nearing an agreement on a five-year contract extension worth north of $55 million, according to a report by SportsGrid’s Craig Mish. The club has not confirmed the report.

Alcantara is arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, and he cannot become a free agent until after the 2024 season. If signed, this would mark the second extension the Marlins have completed so far this offseason. In October, Miami signed shortstop and unofficial captain Miguel Rojas to a deal that will keep him in South Florida through ‘23.

On Friday at the organization’s annual Home Plate Meals Thanksgiving Distribution, Alcantara mentioned that talks had been taking place over the past couple of weeks. He went on to say he was confident a deal would get done.

“I just want to be here for a long time,” Alcantara said. “If we get an agreement, I will feel blessed, because I want to be here for the rest of my life.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 22, 2021 at 02:24 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, sandy alcantara

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Marlins, Miguel Rojas agree to extension

The Marlins and Miguel Rojas have agreed to an extension that will keep him with the club through 2023, a source told MLB.com. Rojas, whose $5.5 million vesting option for ‘22 was activated when he reached 500 plate appearances in ‘21, will make $10 million total on the deal, according to MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman. The club has not confirmed the report.

Rojas, who will turn 33 on Feb. 24, is Miami’s longest-tenured player and unofficial captain. In seven seasons with the Marlins, he has slashed .271/.325/.375 with 32 homers and 37 stolen bases in 730 games. A National League Gold Glove Award finalist in 2020, Rojas ranked third among MLB shortstops with 10.3 Defensive Runs Above Average per FanGraphs in ‘21.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2021 at 12:51 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: marlins, miguel rojas

Monday, September 13, 2021

Who will be the first to wear a Rays, Marlins, or Nationals cap to Cooperstown?

The Montreal Expos had three players enter the Hall wearing their cap, but no one has gone in wearing the curly W since the franchise relocated and rebranded in 2005. There are a few former and current Nationals on track for Cooperstown, though. Bryce Harper is well on his way with 38.4 bWAR through his age-28 season, but at this point, it seems unlikely Harper would choose to wear a Nationals hat on his plaque. Two injury-marred seasons have derailed Stephen Strasburg’s chances, but he still has time to correct course.

Neither is as likely as Max Scherzer, though. Scherzer has already amassed 66.8 bWAR, and he’ll more than likely reach 3,000 strikeouts in his next start. He has three Cy Young Awards, eight All-Star appearances, and a World Series ring. He also shares the record for most strikeouts in a single game. The question isn’t whether Scherzer is a Hall of Famer. He most certainly is. It’s whether he’ll choose Washington.

Most of Scherzer’s best moments came with the Nationals, but he’s been with three other teams. He won one of his Cy Youngs with Detroit, and he also helped them to an American League pennant in 2012. His career isn’t close to over either. We don’t know what he’ll do with the Dodgers or whichever team signs him this winter. Spreading his rings and his accolades around could cause him to not choose any team like Greg Maddux.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 13, 2021 at 11:02 AM | 50 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, marlins, nationals, rays

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Milwaukee Brewers acquire John Curtiss, Daniel Norris in trades with Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers

The NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers made two more moves Friday to boost their roster for a playoff push, acquiring relievers John Curtiss from the Miami Marlins and Daniel Norris from the Detroit Tigers.

Milwaukee sent minor league catcher Payton Henry to Miami and minor league pitcher Reese Olson to Detroit. Both moves were completed Friday, two days after the Brewers added All-Star third baseman Eduardo Escobar in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Curtiss, 28, is 3-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 35 games for Miami. The right-hander has made three starts and 35 relief appearances. He has struck out 40 and walked nine in 40 innings.

The 28-year-old Norris is 1-3 with a 5.89 ERA in 38 relief appearances this season, but he’s pitched much better lately. He hasn’t allowed a run or a hit over his last five outings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 31, 2021 at 01:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, daniel norris, marlins, tigers

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Houston Astros bolster pen, deal for Miami Marlins closer Yimi Garcia

The Houston Astros continued to fortify their bullpen before the trade deadline, acquiring right-hander Yimi Garcia from the Miami Marlins on Wednesday for two players.

In exchange for Garcia, the Astros sent outfielder Bryan De La Cruz and right-hander Austin Pruitt to the Marlins.

It’s the second straight day the AL West-leading Astros have swung a trade to add bullpen help. On Tuesday, Houston acquired Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero from the Mariners.

Garcia, 30, has 15 saves for the Marlins this season and is 3-7 with a 3.47 ERA. He has struck out 35 and walked just five batters in 36⅓ innings pitched. He has a 3.41 ERA over seven major league seasons.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2021 at 11:07 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, marlins, yimi garcia

Oakland Athletics finalizing trade for Miami Marlins’ Starling Marte

The Oakland Athletics are finalizing a deal to acquire center fielder Starling Marte from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-hander Jesus Luzardo, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

The Marlins will cover the remainder of Marte’s contract, sending more than $4 million to Oakland, sources said.

Marte, 32, is hitting .306 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs for the Marlins this season. He missed time earlier this season with a fractured rib.

Luzardo, 23, is 2-4 with a 6.87 ERA in 38 innings pitched. He has made 13 appearances, including six starts.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 28, 2021 at 01:51 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jesus luzardo, marlins, starling marte

 

 

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