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The Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez, according to'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.
Feb 22 - 5:02 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.
Feb 21 - 8:58 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.
Feb 20 - 5:13 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 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.
Feb 13 - 12:53 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.
Feb 8 - 5:34 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.
Feb 1 - 7:09 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.
Jan 25 - 6:25 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.
Jan 25 - 6:15 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler reports that the Yankees, Marlins and Rangers are the favorites to sign Cuban defector Juan Pablo Martinez.

The Yankees and Marlins both held private workouts for Martinez last week. The 21-year-old Martinez is still waiting to be cleared to sign by MLB. A center fielder with power and speed, he'll likely spend most of 2018 in the minors before perhaps getting a chance to win a starting job in 2019.
Jan 18 - 4:41 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins have agreed to a deal with free agent right-hander Jacob Turner.

No word yet on the framework of the contract. It could be of the minor league variety. Turner put up a 5.08 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 39 innings (two starts, 16 relief appearances) this past season with the Nationals after posting a 6.57 ERA and 1.99 WHIP over 24 2/3 innings with the White Sox in 2016. The former first-round pick of the Tigers pitched for the Marlins for parts of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 seasons. His career ERA in the majors is 5.09.
Wed, Dec 20, 2017 11:23:00 AM

Twins selected RHP Tyler Kinley from the Marlins with the 13th pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Kinley, 26, posted a 3.54 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 72/22 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings this past season between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. He got lit up in a short stint at the Triple-A level in 2016 and will likely struggle to make the Twins' Opening Day bullpen next spring. That would likely result in a return to the Marlins' minor league system.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 10:31:00 AM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that RHP prospect Zac Gallen and LHP prospect Daniel Castano are also heading to the Marlins in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

It appears the full deal is now Gallen, Castano, outfield prospect Magneuris Sierra and right-handed pitching Sandy Alcantara. Gallen is the better prospect of the two newest names -- a third-round pick out of North Carolina in 2016 who has shown three above-average pitches and pounds the strike zone with them. Castano is a left-hander who was taken in the 19th round in 2016, and projects as a back-end starter or reliever at the next level.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 06:05:00 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins will acquire OF prospect Magneuris Sierra in the Marcell Ozuna trade.

Sierra spent time with the Cardinals in 2017, and hit .317 and stole two bases in 22 games with St. Louis. He's one of the better athletes in the system, with plus speed, a strong throwing arm and excellent instincts in the outfield. He also has shown the ability to make hard contact to all fields, although there isn't much power in his left-handed bat. He's now easily the best outfield prospect in the Miami system, and has a chance to play significant innings for the Marlins in 2018.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 05:41:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Marlins "say they're not desperate to move Starlin Castro."

Castro is part of the return from the Yankees in the Giancarlo Stanton trade that should be official any time now. The Marlins are going to continue to shed payroll, but, at least publicly, they're saying they don't have to flip Castro and the relatively affordable $24 million he's owed over the next two seasons. Realistically, though, there's no doubt they'll trade him if they receive a decent offer. The Mets are one club that's already been mentioned as a potential landing spot.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post notes that the Mets plan to speak with the Marlins' regarding newly-acquired second baseman Starlin Castro.

Castro will head to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton trade, but it's expected that the Marlins will then flip him elsewhere to shed his salary. The Mets have also been linked to Ian Kinsler, Jason Kipnis and Josh Harrison.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Starlin Castro is expected to be a part of the package that heads to the Marlins in the Giancarlo Stanton trade.

The Yankees needed to find a way to dump some salary in the trade, and it sounds like the Marlins were not receptive to the idea of taking on Jacoby Ellsbury. Castro, who is still only 27 years old, is coming off a terrific season where he slashed .300/.338/.454 with 16 homers and 63 RBI in 112 games. He has two years and $22.7 million remaining on his contract, as well as a club option for $16 million ($1 million buyout) for 2020. Moving Castro means that top prospect Gleyber Torres could begin the year as the starting second baseman.
Sat, Dec 9, 2017 08:19:00 AM

Mariners acquire 2B/OF Dee Gordon and international pool money from the Marlins for RHP Nick Neidert, SS Christopher Torres and RHP Robert Dugger.

Along with Gordon, the Mariners acquired the rights to an extra $1 million in pool money to spend on Shohei Ohtani or a prospect. Gordon, who is owed $38 million for three years or $51 million for four if his option is exercised, will be tried in center field by the Mariners, replacing free agent Jarrod Dyson. His experience in the outfield is limited to a handful of games in the Dominican Republic several years ago, so it will be a transition to watch. Gordon presumably will lead off for the Mariners, and if healthy, he'd seem to be pretty much assured of leading the AL in steals, unless maybe Billy Hamilton switches leagues, too.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:40:00 PM

According to Venezuelan journalist Wilmer Reina, the Marlins have shown interest in Jose Martinez as part of a return package from the Cardinals in trade talks for Giancarlo Stanton.

According to Jon Morosi of, Wilmer Reina is reporting that the Marlins are also showing interest in Michael Wacha. However, it's believed that prospect right-hander Sandy Alcantara would be the headliner of any deal for Stanton. Martinez is not exactly a youngster at 29 years old, but he surprised this past season with 14 homers and an .897 OPS in 106 games. Perhaps most importantly for the Marlins, he's still inexpensive. The Cardinals are still alive in talks for Stanton, though it's unclear whether he would waive his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears the Red Sox have only tepid interest in swinging a Giancarlo Stanton trade with the Marlins.

Although Cafardo writes for a Boston newspaper he got this tip from a Marlins source. This could be gamesmanship from Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski as his team clearly needs some thump in the heart of the order and they have the resources to spend. Available options besides Stanton are Jose Abreu of the White Sox, free agent J.D. Martinez and free agent Eric Hosmer. Dombrowski likely isn't afraid to pick up Stanton's mega-contract as he has a long history of signing star players to huge deals. He signed Miguel Cabrera (twice), Prince Fielder, Justin Verlander and David Price to contracts of $180 million or larger. Stanton has 10 years and $295 million left on his contract, although he has an option to opt out after the 2020 season. Given the Red Sox' probable willingness to absorb most or all of the contract, the biggest obstacle to getting a trade done is Boston's weak farm system, which was badly depleted by trades for Chris Sale and Drew Pomeranz.
Sat, Nov 25, 2017 05:34:00 PM

Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that prospect right-hander Sandy Alcantara was part of the Cardinals' reported proposal for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Sunday that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer for Stanton. The Giants are also in the mix here and can't beat the quality of prospects that the Cardinals have, but Stanton ultimately controls the process due to his no-trade clause. Alcantara, a hard-throwing 22-year-old, made eight appearances with the Cardinals this year and posted a 4.31 ERA and 106/54 K/BB ratio over 125 1/3 innings in Double-A.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 12:21:00 PM

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