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  1. Marlins sell out first game at new stadium — sort of

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:10 AM EDT

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    The Miami Marlins have figured out a way to erase the embarrassment of poor attendance figures: Make fewer tickets available. Brilliant! The Marlins have announced a sellout for their first game at their new ballpark, a contest against the University of Miami on March 6, reports the Miami Herald. Of course calling it a sellout…

  2. Can Mike Stanton hit 40 homers in his first full season?

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Mike Stanton hit 43 homers between the minors and majors last season, including 22 long balls in 100 games with the Marlins following his call-up in mid-June, which has Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wondering if he can break the franchise record for homers in his first full season. Gary Sheffield owns that mark with 42…

  3. Marlins sign Randy Choate to two-year, $2.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Florida’s bullpen makeover continues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins have signed left-handed specialist Randy Choate to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Choate is a Type B free agent and Tampa Bay smartly offered him arbitration, so the Rays will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds for…

  4. Marlins “gauging interest” in Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension all year, so it’s not surprising to see Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald report that the team is “gauging interest” in Nolasco at the winter meetings. According to Spencer they’re also taking calls on closer Leo Nunez, but “are…

  5. Dennys Reyes drawing interest from Phillies, Marlins, A’s, and Mariners

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that left-handed specialist Dennys Reyes will likely decide on his new team within the next 48 hours and will probably be choosing either the Phillies or Marlins “unless a new suitor emerges.” On the other hand, John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse writes that the A’s and Mariners “seem to…

  6. Javier Vazquez hoping physical therapist can help him find lost velocity

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week I wrote about how Javier Vazquez’s significant drop in velocity this season makes him far from a sure thing to bounce back in 2011 simply because he was leaving New York and returning to the National League. Vazquez apparently feels the same way, because Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports…

  7. Declining fastball velocity makes Javier Vazquez no sure thing to bounce back in Florida

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    Javier Vazquez signing a one-year, $7 million deal with the Marlins has seemingly everyone assuming that he’ll fare well going back to the NL and away from New York, and admittedly that was my first thought as well. After all, Vazquez has a 4.02 ERA in eight career seasons in the NL, compared to 4.65…

  8. Javier Vazquez and the Marlins “seems like a perfect fit”

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Juan C. Rodriguez of the Florida Sun Sentinel reports that “Javier Vazquez has told associates he would love a return engagement in the National League, particularly with the Florida Marlins due in part to the proximity to his native Puerto Rico.” Rodriguez notes that Vazquez also “has a relationship” with Puerto Rico-born manager Edwin Rodriguez…

  9. Chris Coghlan in center field would be risky move for Marlins

    Nov 18, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Dan Uggla turning down a four-year, $48 million contract extension led to Florida trading him to Atlanta, but after the swap the Marlins also talked about how the move allows them to improve defensively. Uggla consistently ranked among the worst defensive second basemen in baseball, so replacing him with Omar Infante is a clear upgrade.…

  10. Ramon Hernandez is probably kicking himself (or his agent) after seeing John Buck’s contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

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    Ramon Hernandez probably isn’t very happy with his agent right now. Yesterday he re-signed with the Reds for one year and $3 million, but now John Buck has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Marlins. Buck parlayed a career-year into $18 million, yet his career-year really wasn’t better than Hernandez’s performance…

  11. Agent expects Ricky Nolasco to sign extension with Marlins, but “nothing’s going to happen soon”

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:17 PM EDT

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    Last month agent Matt Sosnick revealed that Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins were “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension negotiations and today he told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he “would be surprised if something didn’t end up happening.” Sosnick explained that “we have had some conversations and I think we’ve made…

  12. Marlins “close to signing” John Buck to three-year contract

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins are “close to signing” John Buck to a three-year contract believed to be worth more than $15 million, which is pretty remarkable for a catcher who was available to the Blue Jays for a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason. Buck obviously boosted his value significantly with…

  13. A.J. Pierzynski and the Marlins have “mutual interest”

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post “there is mutual interest between the Marlins and A.J. Pierzynski, but he might be too expensive for Florida.” Capozzi cites the $6.75 million Pierzynski made this season, but in reality there’s zero chance of him costing that much as a free agent in 2011. Pierzynski is…

  14. Marlins moving Chris Coghlan from left field to third base

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Chris Coghlan has played left field in all but one of his 219 career games, but according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “the Marlins plan on converting Coghlan from left field to third base” in 2011. It presumably won’t take much to convert him, because Coghlan was actually a full-time infielder in the minors before…

  15. Marlins decide to stick with Edwin Rodriguez as manager

    Nov 3, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

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    It’s official: Edwin Rodriguez is staying on as the Marlins’ manager. Rodriguez went 46-46 as the interim manager after taking over a 34-36 team from Fredi Gonzalez in late June and following interviews with various candidates to replace him the Marlins have decided to extend his contract through 2011. That puts pressure on Rodriguez to…

  16. Read the scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Conor Glassey of Baseball America dug through the magazine’s archives and found their scouting report on a 20-year-old Edgar Renteria from 1995, when he was the No. 1 prospect in the Marlins’ farm system and about six months from his big-league debut. The whole thing is definitely worth reading, but here are a few particularly…

  17. Agent: Ricky Nolasco and Marlins “about 20 percent” apart in contract extension talks

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension for months and agent Matt Sosnick said yesterday that the two sides have agreed to an acceptable number of years but are “about 20 percent” apart on the salaries. That may not seem like much of a gap, but it…

  18. Bo Porter “has emerged as the frontrunner” for Marlins job

    Oct 18, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com “indications are Bo Porter has emerged as the frontrunner” for the Marlins’ managerial opening. Porter was the Diamondbacks’ bench coach this season before being let go in the housecleaning that went along with Kirk Gibson being named full-time manager earlier this month. Prior to that he was the Marlins’…

  19. Today is the seven-year anniversary of the 'Bartman game'

    Oct 14, 2010, 1:39 AM EDT

    After a miserable season for the Cubs, I’m sure those Chicago fans who follow them have already moved on to worrying about the Bears, the Bulls and maybe even the Blackhawks. Speaking of people who would probably like to move on but can’t, today is the seven-year anniversary of Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS,…

  20. Tensions escalate between MLB and Dominican scouts

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    MLB Trade Rumors’ Nick Collias continues to stay on top of the increasingly strained relationship between Major League Baseball and various baseball factions in the Dominican Republic. The latest: scouts have barred members of the Major League Scouting Bureau from watching players at several recent exhibitions on the island. In apparent retaliation, Major League Baseball…

  21. The Week Ahead: Cliff Lee to make Mariners debut

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee was dominant in his rehab start on Sunday for Triple-A Tacoma, tossing six shutout innings against Salt Lake. The former AL Cy Young winner threw only 68 pitches, allowing three hits and no walks while striking out four. Two of the hits were a bunt single and a fly ball that the center…

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