Marlins Rumors & News

  • Marlins offered Chapman $87M before Yankees deal

    Miami Herald "The Marlins have failed in their bid to sign Aroldis Chapman. But they’re still in the picture for Kenley Jansen. Chapman agreed to terms with the New York Yankees late Wednesday on a five-year deal worth $86 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. But they still have a five-year..." December 08

  • Marlins To Sign A.J. Ellis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed to a one-year, $2.5MM deal with veteran backstop A.J. Ellis, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney (on Twitter). Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald had just reported that the Marlins appeared to have a “good shot” at landing Ellis to be the new backup catcher in Miami, where he’ll be..." December 07

  • Marlins sign Jeff Locke to one-year, $3 million deal

    Fanrag Sports "According to a Wednesday morning report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Miami Marlins have agreed to terms to with free agent left-hander Jeff Locke. The veteran southpaw previously became available on the open market as a result of being designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates..." December 07

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Marlins may hold crucial domino in Yankees’ closer pursuit

    New York Post "The Marlins are pushing hard to add a top closer, notably Kenley Jansen, which could set off a series of moves that would make it more difficult for the Yankees to reunite with Aroldis Chapman. The Marlins are hungry to upgrade their rotation, especially after the death of Jose Fernandez. The..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • D-Backs agree to 2-year, $4M deal with Mathis

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "You can add another bullet point to the Marlins’ offseason to-do list: Pick a backup catcher. Jeff Mathis signed a two-year, $4 million deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, a source confirmed to the Sun Sentinel, ending his four-year tenure as Miami’s backup backstop. The loss is a..." December 03

  • Marlins hope to keep David Phelps in bullpen in 2017

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "If it were up to Michael Hill — and, to be sure, it is largely up to Hill — Marlins right-hander David Phelps will be a middle reliever in 2017. Miami’s president of baseball operations said Thursday that if the club can add the amount of rotation depth it desires, Phelps, a utility pitcher who..." December 02

  • Marlins owner still mourning Jose Fernandez but vows he won't 'quit on this team'

    Fox Sports "Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria normally goes to Europe with his wife, Julie, at the end of November or early December. This year, following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez on Sept. 25, the Lorias did not wait that long. “We were so shocked and so upset, we just left for three or four..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

  • McGwire, Steinbrenner, Selig among Hall of Fame candidates for new Veterans Committee

    Hardball Talk "The Baseball Hall of Fame has revamped its Veterans Committee many times in the past several years. Mostly because its committee of veterans has had a bad habit of, you know, not electing anyone, and what’s the point of having one if no one ever makes it in? And yes, this is a bit of a problem...." November 30

  • Marlins could shop A.J. Ramos

    ESPN "How Major League Baseball's new CBA looks could have a big effect on the Miami Marlins' offseason plans. If baseball's revenue-sharing rules change, the Marlins might be willing to trade closer A.J. Ramos, ESPN's Jayson Stark reports. Under the current CBA, smaller-market teams like Miami..." November 29

  • Marlins agree to terms with pitcher Edinson Volquez

    Miami Herald "The Marlins shored up their starting rotation Monday by agreeing to terms on a two-year deal with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez. The 33-year-old veteran was the Marlins’ top pitching target. According to sources, Volquez will receive a deal worth $22 million. Volquez helps..." November 29

  • Owners back off demand for international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports a development from the Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations: the owners, he says, have backed off their demand for an international draft as a requirement for a new CBA. Rosenthal says that they did so out of a “desire to move talks forward.” As we’ve discussed on..." November 29

  • World Baseball Classic may end after 2017

    Larry Brown Sports "The plug may soon be pulled on the World Baseball Classic. Cristian Moreno of ESPN reported Monday that unless revenues improve for the 2017 edition of the WBC, there may not be any more in the future. The hope was that the WBC would serve as a global showcase for the sport, much like the..." November 29

  • With MLB lockout looming, Latin American players take stand vs. international draft

    CBS Sports "Baseball's current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire Thursday, and the owners have already mentioned the possibility of a lockout if the two sides do not agree to terms. Obviously neither MLB nor the MLBPA wants a work stoppage after 21 years of labor peace. There's too much money..." November 28

  • Marlins interested in former All-Star C.J. Wilson to shore up rotation

    Miami Herald "The Marlins, who have always been intrigued by reclamation projects, have shown some interest in Angels free agent left-handed pitcher CJ Wilson, a two-time All-Star who hasn’t appeared in a game since July 28, 2015 because of August 2015 elbow surgery and July 2016 shoulder surgery. Wilson,..." November 25

  • Sources: Baseball's 21-year run of labor peace could be in jeopardy

    Fox Sports "Baseball’s streak of 21 consecutive years of labor peace is in jeopardy. The owners will consider voting to lock out the players if the two sides cannot reach a new collective-bargaining agreement by the time the current deal expires on Dec. 1, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 22

  • Marlins reach out to free-agent pitchers

    Miami Herald "A few Thursday Marlins notes as the team plots its offseason strategy: • Per sources, the Marlins have begun reaching out to a few free agent pitchers and they’ve shown interest in Cubs left-hander Travis Wood, who was 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA last season while being used exclusively as a..." November 19

  • Mitt Romney's firm explored buying Miami Marlins, report says

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Could Jeffrey Loria be looking to sell the Miami Marlins? A Boston-based investment firm headed by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his oldest son, Tagg, looked into buying South Florida's major league franchise in recent weeks, according to a report in the Boston Globe. A..." November 19

  • Rangers nearing 1-year deal with Cashner

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers are nearing a deal with free agent righty Andrew Cashner, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). It’s expected to be for a one-year term at $10MM, per’s T.R. Sullivan (Twitter links)." November 18

  • MLB is considering major changes to roster sizes

    Fox Sports "A 26-man roster? It could be coming soon to a ballpark near you. The players and owners are discussing the expansion of rosters from 25 players to 26 in exchange for September roster limits, according to sources familiar with the collective-bargaining negotiations. Under the current rules,..." November 17

  • Kenley Jansen is Marlins’ top target

    Fanrag Sports "The Miami Marlins would love to sign Kenley Jansen if the market breaks right for them. They are considering the idea of putting together a super pen since there aren’t the types of starters available at reasonable cost to help them upgrade their rotation in a meaningful way. One thing in their..." November 17

  • Six All-Star hitters who could get traded this offseason

    Sporting News "The crop of elite free agents was pretty impressive last offseason. David Price and Zack Greinke both signed deals that topped $200 million. Chris Davis, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Johnny Cueto topped $130 million and seven other guys got deals worth at least $70 million. Lots of money..." November 15

  • Loria: Marlins planning 'wonderful' memorial for Fernandez

    Fanrag Sports "The Marlins are planning to build a permanent memorial to superstar pitcher Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park to honor the great young pitcher, people close to the team said. Team owner Jeffrey Loria and others involved with the Marlins are currently working on plans for the memorial, and it..." November 12

  • 'Still so hard' for grieving Marlins GM to get back to business

    USA Today "Members of the Miami Marlins’ front office stroll through the outdoor courtyard at the Omni resort, trying to conduct business just like every other baseball team at these general manager meetings. But no other team’s heart still aches. No one else’s bodies remain numb. The Marlins trauma..." November 11

  • Meet baseball’s next big thing: a ‘Babe Ruth’ pitcher/slugger who may get $300M

    New York Post "Shohei Otani is what this current free-agent market lacks. He is a young, talented starter — already perceived as one of the best pitchers in the world — with the fringe benefit that he actually might be a superb hitter, as well. But Otani is not expected to come to the American majors until..." November 10

  • MLB commissioner talks Trump, pace of play, CBA, international draft and more

    CBS Sports "The GM meetings are ongoing in Arizona, and the first significant hootenanny of the offseason provided MLB commissioner Rob Manfred with the chance to address several issues facing the sport. Here's a sampling of what Manfred had to say on Wednesday regarding those various and sundry matters..." November 09

  • Marlins' Ozuna draws trade interest "New offseason, similar situation for Marcell Ozuna. The Marlins' All-Star outfielder again finds himself the subject of trade speculation at the General Managers Meetings in Arizona. But the Marlins are sending out a clear message: Teams interested should be prepared to pay a high price. "As..." November 09

  • 2016-17 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our eleventh annual Top 50 Free Agents list! The entire list of available free agents can be found here, and you can filter by position, signing team, and qualifying offer status with our new and improved, mobile-friendly free agent tracker here. New to..." November 08

  • Ken Rosenthal’s Top 10 MLB offseason trade targets

    Fox Sports "The silver lining to the weak free-agent market, at least from a fan’s perspective, is the likelihood that teams will respond by making a large number of trades. What other alternative is there, really? The free-agent market is deep in relievers and right-handed hitters, but that’s about it...." November 07

  • Fredi Gonzalez joining Marlins’ coaching staff

    Fanrag Sports "Former Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez will be joining the Miami Marlins’ coaching staff, sources tell FanRag Sports. The Marlins have been trying to hire the 52-year-old to be their third base coach for a while. Gonzalez was relieved of his duties as Braves manager in the middle of May..." November 07

  • Hot-stove survey: MLB execs answer questions on Sale, Braun and others

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's general managers have wasted little time getting to work since Kris Bryant threw out Michael Martinez for the final out of the World Series. The street sweepers have barely cleaned up from the Chicago Cubs' victory parade, and outfielder Cameron Maybin Starting Monday,..." November 07

  • Bar Won't Be Punished For Serving Jose Fernandez Before Boat Crash

    TMZ "The bar where Jose Fernandez and his 2 friends were last seen partying and drinking before the fatal boat crash will NOT be investigated for possibly over serving the group ... officials tell TMZ Sports. In many states, bars can be held criminally liable if they over serve a patron who is..." November 05

  • Late Fernandez headlines Comeback Player of the Year finalists

    MLB Players "The common thread among the finalists for the Players Choice Award as Comeback Player in each league was perseverance. The six finalists, three in each league, pushed themselves to overcome obstacles and return to top performance levels on the field in 2016. Some reached new heights. In the..." November 04

  • Marlins won’t pick up Fernando Rodney’s 2017 club option

    Today's Knuckleball "The Miami Marlins do not plan on picking up their 2017 club option for relief pitcher Fernando Rodney, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Instead, they will buy him out for $400,000. Rodney’s option would have been worth $4.1 million. The Marlins acquired Rodney in a midseason deal..." November 03

  • Which Marlins have the most trade value this winter?

    Today's Knuckleball "Looking towards the 2017 season, the Marlins would certainly like to hang onto their position players and build up the starting rotation to match it. How to do that without breaking up at least a piece or two of that lineup is the task at hand for management during this critical offseason. Do..." November 02

  • A’s, Marlins prospects combine to throw rare fall-league no-hitter

    Today's Knuckleball "In its 25th season of existence, the Arizona Fall League has not seen many box scores with zeros in hit columns. Prospects from the A’s and Marlins helped add to this small list on Tuesday. Three pitchers combined to throw just the third no-hitter in Arizona Fall League history today, with..." November 01

  • Road near Marlins Park renamed 'Jose Fernandez Avenue'

    Sporting News "A portion of 17th Avenue near Marlins Park has been renamed Jose Fernandez Avenue after a vote Tuesday by Miami-Dade commissioners. Commissioner Bruno Barreiro was the sponsor behind the street being renamed for the 24-year-old Fernandez, who was killed in a boating accident along with two..." November 01

  • Marlins will consider trade offers for Adeiny Hechavarria and Derek Dietrich

    Hardball Talk "Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins are expected to listen to trade offers for shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and second baseman Derek Dietrich in an attempt to boster their pitching. The Marlins will also listen to offers for outfielder Marcell Ozuna and second baseman Dee Gordon,..." October 31

  • Marlins plot strategy for acquiring pitching

    Miami Herald "The Marlins know they will need to get creative to acquire two starting pitchers to join Adam Conley, Wei-Yin Chen and Tom Koehler in their rotation. But unless management has a drastic change of heart, the Marlins are disinclined to trade outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who has had injury setbacks..." October 30

  • Grief doesn't change, even after Jose Fernandez's autopsy report

    USA Today "This is what we feared, the autopsy report from that fateful September evening. It was a senseless tragedy regardless, and now we are confronted with an uncomfortable truth - the crushing news Saturday that beloved Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had cocaine in his system, a blood alcohol..." October 30

  • Toxicology report: Fernandez was drunk, on cocaine when he died

    Miami Herald "Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was legally drunk and had cocaine in his system when he died in a boat crash off South Beach last month, according to a toxicology report released Saturday. While his two companions had alcohol in their systems, neither was legally drunk, the reports show...." October 29