Player News - Marlins

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Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday that Caleb Smith (lat) could be a little behind at the start of spring training.

However, he does expect the left-hander to be ready in time for Opening Day. Smith was an early-season surprise for the Marlins before having surgery on his left lat in July. He'll have a good shot at an Opening Day rotation spot if he's healthy.
Nov 16 - 5:01 PM

Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Friday that Pablo Lopez (shoulder) is at full strength.

Lopez missed the final month of the season with a right shoulder strain, but Hill says the young right-hander "looks great, says he feels great." He'll have a shot to break camp as a member of Miami's rotation.
Nov 16 - 4:59 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Marlins are insisting that Kyle Tucker or Forrest Whitley be part of any trade package they get from the Astros for J.T. Realmuto.

Tucker and Whitley are both considered top-10 prospects in all of baseball, but it's no surprise that the Marlins would insist on netting one of them for Realmuto. The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he sported a .277/.340/.484 batting line with 21 home runs and 74 RBI. He's under team control for two more seasons.
Nov 16 - 8:50 AM

J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-4 and whacked a three-run homer as the MLB All-Stars lost to Samurai Japan 12-6 on Saturday.

He went yard off reliever Yu Satoh with Robinson Chirinos and Juan Soto along for the ride. Unfortunately Samurai Japan was ahead 12-3 in the eighth inning at the time of the blast, which merely served to make the game a bit less lopsided. Japan has a 2-0 lead in the series. They will play again on Sunday in Tokyo and then the series will move to Hiroshima. Realmuto is rumored to be available on the trade market this winter and could net the Marlins quite a haul.
Nov 10 - 11:47 AM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Mets "are expected to investigate" a possible trade for J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets looked into the possibility of trading for Realmuto last offseason, as well, although no substantial talks ever took place. Whether they get more serious about Realmuto this winter remains to be seen, as his cost is up following a monster season and the Mets' farm system remains middling. The Mets are also looking at free agent catchers Wilson Ramos and Martin Maldonado.
Nov 9 - 4:38 PM

Marlins activated 3B Martin Prado, 1B Garrett Cooper, RHP Pablo Lopez and LHP Caleb Smith from the 60-day disabled list.

At $15 million, Prado is set to be the Marlins' most expensive player again next year, though at least it's the final season of his deal. The team should put Brian Anderson at third and either make Prado a backup or release him. Of course, they weren't willing to do that last season and Prado had a disastrous .244/.287/.305 line in the 54 games in which he was healthy enough to play.
Oct 31 - 1:57 PM

J.T. Realmuto's agent Jeff Barry told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday that he expects his client to be traded by the Marlins this winter.

"I think he will definitely be wearing a different uniform by the start of spring training," said Berry. Marlins president Michael Hill told reporters in early October that the team was planning to approach Realmuto about a contract extension over the winter, but Berry "made clear" that there will be no long-term agreement during Tuesday's interview on MLB Network Radio, per Jon Morosi of Put another log on the Hot Stove.
Oct 30 - 4:26 PM

Bryan Holaday has elected to become a free agent.

Holaday was outrighted off the Marlins' 40-man roster on Friday after hitting .205/.261/.258 in 166 plate appearances with the Fish this past season. Sirius XM's Craig Mish says Holaday is still open to a potential return to the Marlins.
Oct 27 - 5:35 PM

Marlins sent LHP Miguel Del Pozo outright to Double-A Jacksonville.

The 26-year-old was expected to be in the mix for a bullpen spot at some point during the 2018 season, but he struggled to a 3.97 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 34/15 K/BB ratio across 34 innings at Double-A. Now off the 40-man roster, he'll be exposed to the Rule-5 draft this winter.
Oct 26 - 8:11 PM

Marlins sent C Bryan Holaday outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

The 30-year-old backstop slashed a putrid .205/.261/.258 with one homer and 16 RBI in 166 plate appearances with the Marlins this season. He's nothing more than organizational catching depth at this stage and remains completely irrelevant from a fantasy perspective.
Oct 26 - 8:08 PM

Drew Rucinski has elected free agency.

The 29-year-old right-hander appeared in 32 games out of the Marlins' bullpen in 2018, compiling a 4.33 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 27/13 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings. He'll look to latch on elsewhere as organizational relief depth.
Oct 26 - 8:06 PM

Marlins signed OF Victor Mesa, Jr. to a minor league contract.

The younger Mesa's deal is believed to be for $1 million, according to Jesse Sanchez of He's not as highly-touted as Victor Victor, but Sanchez writes that he has "hitting potential and a decent arm." Either way, he's likely a few years off from making an impact. The Marlins were also pursuing right-hander Sandy Gaston, but they don't have the international bonus money remaining in order to make it happen.
Oct 22 - 11:35 AM

Marlins signed OF Victor Victor Mesa to a minor league contract.

Victor Mesa, Jr. is also in the fold. The agreements were reported over the weekend and are now official, with a press conference scheduled for Monday. According to Jesse Sanchez of, Victor Victor, 22, will receive about $5.25 million while his 17-year-old brother gets a $1 million deal. The Marlins made no secret about their interest in the brothers and made a number of trades in order to collect the international bonus money needed to land them. Victor Victor was ranked as the No. 1 player in this year's signing class and could make his way to the majors sooner rather than later. It's a big day for the Marlins as they try to rebrand themselves under Derek Jeter's leadership.
Oct 22 - 11:08 AM

Jesse Sanchez of reports the Marlins will announce the signing of international prospects Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. on Monday.

The Marlins have been loading up on international bonus pool money for months, including the trade of one-time closer Kyle Barraclough earlier this month, and they've gotten their guys in the top two players available on the international market. Sanchez reports the Marlins will give Victor Victor more than $5 million, and Mesa Jr. nearly $1 million. What a win for an organization desperately in need of one.
Oct 20 - 4:14 PM

Joe Frisaro of reports the Marlins have scheduled a news conference for Monday and speculates they might announce the signings of international prospects Victor Victor Mesa and/or Victor Mesa Jr.

Marlins top executives Derek Jeter and Michael Hill will attend the news conference. The Marlins have not said what news they have to announce but the speculation is they have agreed to terms with the Mesa brothers, who are two of the top prospects available on the international market this year. The Cuban outfielders worked out for the Marlins two weeks ago. Victor Mesa Jr. posted a photograph of himself with former Marlins great Mike Lowell on Friday. Victor Victor Mesa was rumored to be close to a deal with the Orioles over the summer. Signing one or both of the brothers would provide a big boost to the Marlins' minor league system.
Oct 20 - 2:02 PM

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