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Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that the Marlins are one of several teams to show interest in Bud Norris.

Miami would be a good landing spot for Norris since he would presumably have a shot to close there. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.59 ERA and 67/21 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings while converting 28-of-33 save opportunities for the Cardinals last season. Norris will turn 34 in March.
Mon, Dec 17, 2018 04:25:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Marlins talked to the Mariners about Carlos Santana last week.

Most of the attention is focused on J.T. Realmuto right now, but Rosenthal hears that the club is looking at mid-tier free-agent hitters and relievers. The interest in Santana suggest that they are also exploring trade possibilities. Santana was just swapped from the Phillies to the Mariners last week in the Jean Segura deal. One possible complication, with the Marlins or anyone else, is that the 32-year-old is guaranteed $35 million over the next two seasons when there are comparable players out there in free agency who will likely be available for much less. Offsetting bad contracts could make it easier.
Tue, Dec 11, 2018 12:52:00 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM reports that Sean Newcomb is a "name to watch" if the Braves and Marlins "get serious" on a J.T. Realmuto trade.

Mish cautions that "no deal is close," but Newcomb's name has come up in trade talks between the two clubs. The left-hander posted a 3.90 ERA and 160/81 K/BB ratio over 164 innings for the Braves last season and is under team control through 2023.
Mon, Dec 10, 2018 06:24:00 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Mets do not want to include the combination of Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in any proposed deal with the Marlins for J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets are in the market for a catcher, so naturally they have been talking to the Marlins about the top backstop available, but so far the Marlins are asking for the moon. Heyman also indicated that the Mets have no intention whatsoever of trading Amed Rosario in any trade.
Sun, Dec 9, 2018 04:57:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets are "seriously considering" making Brandon Nimmo the centerpiece of their trade offer to the Marlins for catcher J.T. Realmuto.

The Mets don't have many attractive prospects left to deal after including outfielder Jarred Kelenic and pitcher Justin Dunn in the package that netted them Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners, but they're apparently open to moving some younger pieces from their major league roster in order to land Realmuto. Nimmo flourished in 2018, his age-25 season, posting an .886 OPS with 17 home runs and 28 doubles over 140 games. He is under contractual control through 2022. For what it's worth, Jim Bowden of The Athletic hears the Marlins are more interested in Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario than Nimmo.
Tue, Dec 4, 2018 09:38:00 PM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com 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.
Sat, Oct 20, 2018 04:14:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins received $1 million in international funds in the trade of Kyle Barraclough to the Nationals.

That brings the Marlins' total to right around $5.5 million dollars. That leaves them a little under a million behind Baltimore's IFA total of $6.7 million, which matters as both teams are pursuing Cuban talents Victor Victor Mesa and his brother Victor Mesa Jr. Don't be surprised if the Marlins and Orioles make a couple more moves as they try to procure the services of the Mesa bros.
Thu, Oct 11, 2018 06:04:00 PM

Nationals acquired RHP Kyle Barraclough from the Marlins for international bonus pool money.

The Marlins are loading up their international budget to chase Cuban talent and they've long considered relievers expendable, so Barraclough gets shown the door after a disappointing season in which he struggled in the closer's role and finished with a 4.20 ERA. But while Barraclough's stock is down, it's still disappointing that the Marlins couldn't recoup some talent for him, instead of just the right to hopefully purchase talent. Barraclough has a 3.21 ERA and 279 strikeouts in 219 innings since debuting in 2015. His velocity has declined some and he never has gotten much better at throwing strikes, but he's still a great get for the Nationals at this cost.
Wed, Oct 10, 2018 12:58:00 PM

The scheduled Oct. 1 makeup game between the Marlins and Pirates has been canceled.

The game, which would have taken place one day after the regular season ended for every other team, was scheduled after a rainout on September 9. However, the game won't take place since it doesn't have any postseason implications. It's not a big surprise.
Tue, Sep 25, 2018 03:11:00 PM

Monday's game between the Mets and Marlins has been postponed due to rain in the New York area.

The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday beginning at 4:10 p.m. ET. NL Cy Young Award frontrunner Jacob deGrom will get pushed back for a second straight day. The schedule changes could end up costing deGrom a start unless he starts on short rest on the final day of the regular season.
Mon, Sep 10, 2018 03:08:00 PM

The Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Julio Pablo Martinez, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.

The Yankees and Marlins have also been in the running for the 21-year-old Martinez, who will be free to sign with a team on March 6. It's possible Martinez could see major league time this year, but the smart money says he's going to need a full year in the minors before he'll be ready to compete for a job.
Thu, Feb 22, 2018 05:02:00 PM

According to Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins have signed free agent outfielder Cameron Maybin.

Maybin has already reported to Marlins camp in Jupiter, Florida, though the deal is presumably still pending a physical. No financial details have been made available. The 30-year-old put up 10 home runs and 33 stolen bases in just 114 games (395 at-bats) last season between the Angels and Astros, and he should have no trouble finding regular playing time in the depleted Miami outfield. There's some intriguing fantasy upside here.
Wed, Feb 21, 2018 08:58:00 AM

Cuban outfielder Julio Pablo Martinez will be free to sign with a Major League Baseball team on March 6.

Ben Badler of Baseball America notes that this "doesn't necessarily mean Martinez will sign during the current signing period, since some teams have already exhausted their 2017-18 bonus pools." The 21-year-old could instead wait until July 2, when the 2018-19 signing period begins. Badler pegs the Marlins, Rangers, and Yankees as the early favorites for Martinez, who batted .333/.469/.498 in 264 plate appearances during his final season in Cuba, with 52 walks, 30 strikeouts, and 24 stolen bases in 29 attempts.
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 05:13:00 PM

Craig Mish of Sirius XM confirms that the Marlins have spoken with free agent outfielders Melky Cabrera and Jon Jay.

This backs up recent reports from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Mish hears that Cabrera wants two years, but the rebuilding Marlins would prefer a one-year commitment for either. If they end up signing one of them, they will almost certainly become trade bait around midseason.
Tue, Feb 13, 2018 12:53:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Jon Jay "appears to be a consideration for the Marlins."

The fit makes sense, as the Marlins are desperate for outfield help after trading their entire starting outfield this offseason and Jay should come cheap. Jay is also from Miami, went to The U, and the Marlins might offer him more playing time than he'd get anywhere else, so the interest would probably be mutual. Coming off a .296/.374/.375 line with two homers over 433 plate appearances last season with the Cubs, Jay will turn 33 next month.
Thu, Feb 8, 2018 05:34:00 PM

According to FanRag's Jon Heyman, the Orioles, Royals, Marlins and Pirates are among teams looking at free agent Melky Cabrera.

Cabrera has been a pretty consistent bat, but the defense just keeps getting worse and he's been a real asset just two of the last five seasons. He'd make more sense as a fourth outfielder and part-time DH than as a starter going forward.
Thu, Feb 1, 2018 07:09:00 PM

Brewers acquired OF Christian Yelich from the Marlins for OF Lewis Brinson, INF Isan Diaz, OF Monte Harrison and RHP Jordan Yamamoto.

This settles the Brewers' outfield for the moment: Yelich gets penciled into center in between Ryan Braun in left and Domingo Santana in right. The team still has the ability to trade Santana for pitching, which would put them back into the mix for Lorenzo Cain or allow them to revert to the combination of Keon Broxton and Brett Phillips in center. If they decide to keep Santana, then a Broxton trade would seem to be best for everyone. Yelich's fantasy value is vastly improved with the trade; not only does he find himself in a far better lineup in Milwaukee, but he goes from one of the worst parks for left-handed power to one of the very best. He's a top-10 outfielder on draft day.
Thu, Jan 25, 2018 06:25:00 PM

FanRag's Jon Heyman says Lewis Brinson and Isan Diaz are going to the Marlins in the Christian Yelich trade.

Brinson was pretty much a lock to be included here. He'll step right into Yelich's spot in Miami's outfield next year. Diaz is further away; a very toolsy infielder, he hit .222/.334/.3376 in high-A ball before his 2017 season ended due to a fractured hamate bone. It's unclear if this is all the Marlins are getting or if there's more to come.
Thu, Jan 25, 2018 06:15:00 PM


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