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  1. Uncle Leo

    Jose Fernandez's family upset with Jeter/Marlins

    These news outlets run these stories to get clicks and views because people love drama and hating on Jeter and the Marlins. The family is on the defensive because they're being sued by the families of the two other people that died and they want a slice of what Jose made during his time as a baseball player. Marlins have no obligation to do anything for Jose. Loria made those promises. Loria is gone. Jeter has no emotional attachment to Jose so he's not going to do anything out of empathy or guilt or friendship like Loria might've. And the lawyers comments at the end of the article are the most laughable of all. Why would anyone want to plant evidence to make Jose look bad at the time of the accident, what an absurd conspiracy with zero rationale backing it. Grasping at straws and trying to pull the ole' 'Hey look over there' and ramp up pressure on Marlins. Wouldn't be surprised if they're trying to get a payout from Jeter to shut up about all of this. All very sad.
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    Favorite opening day memory

    Urena's first pitch in 2018 opening season.
  3. Uncle Leo

    Realmuto Trade Rumors

    I think some of us might have moved on or just figured Realmuto would be sticking around but... "MLB.com's Jane Lee reports that the Athletics have been in talks to sign Jonathan Lucroy or trade for Matt Wieters. Lee's sources expect the A's to land one of the two catchers. Lucroy's market has been stagnant this offseason after he batted a disappointing .265/.345/.371 with six home runs last year for the Rangers and Rockies, but he makes sense as a rebound candidate for an Oakland team without a settled catching situation. The Nationals have been rumored to be looking at catching options outside the organization, so it's not a surprise they're shopping Wieters." Just saying... If the Nationals get serious and can get something they find respectable for Wieters could be easier for them parting with an additional player or upping the ante in a trade for J.T. Only issue is I'm not sure what they could possibly get for Wieters...
  4. No depth to deal with injuries what so ever on big league roster or top prospects waiting in the wings to help to the eventual injuries that will come to Stanton or Bour at one point or another during the season. Sorry but Ichiro, Prado, Riddle don't really scream world series contender. And that's part that's supposed to be good. The bad part was our starting pitching and lacking a legit closer.
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    Julio Pablo Martinez cleared to sign beginning 3/6

    Exactly. We should be happy that we've changed our thinking and want to be players in the IFA market and will draft players regardless if they want an extra 1MM signing bonus or not given their slot, etc. That's the most important aspect. We won't be doing teardowns every offseason and it's not guarantee that if we had the same amount of money the Rangers had available, that'd he'd choose us. A bird in the hand is better than 2 in the bush. Jeter traded away IFA money to get better players. He made the moves that had to be done and were going to be done and didn't worry about the 'maybes' when he had more important decisions to make. Also, the Rangers gave away a young prospect for 250K to increase the offer for Martinez and they did the same with their previous trade for 250K. This is who they gave away for 250K with the Royals - "Pena, 19, has played in the Rangers’ system for the past three years. He first came stateside last year and has yet to pitch beyond the Rookie level. In thirty total frames in 2017, Pena pitched to a 2.70 ERA with 10.8 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9." Hardly a painless exercise for them. Time will tell if it was worth it for them.
  6. Coghlan always stuck with me after his minor league career, being a 1st round pick, winning ROY in 2009 and then ... well... Andrew Miller and Jeremy Hermida come to mind for sure. Surprised no one has mentioned Kyle Skipworth.
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    Do you know the 2018 Marlins quiz

    I got 8 right and I knew those. All of the ones I guessed, got wrong. Kinda sad how 8 right gets you an “awfully impressive” and a dude clapping. 15/15 should get you an autographed picture of Admin as the prize.
  8. Not worried about the wins. Would like to see Chen return to form so he can either contribute long-term or get traded away. Similarly hopeful players like Prado, Straily, Ziegler, Tazawa and Maybin have a solid first half and can get flipped for players. Even if 3 of those 5 get flipped, I would consider that great. Would actually prefer to hold on to Bour and JT unless we get blown away and have to take the deal. Would also like to see Conley and Rojas improve and grow and see some solid performances in our young OF in the 2nd half. Solid draft where we don't worry about signing bonuses and larger pool for intl free agents and signing someone like Pablo Martinez or of his caliber in July when the next period would also be great.
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    Maybin signed

    Ichiro is effin' 44 years old. Zero power. His best possible season would still be equivalent to an expected/bad season by Maybin being that it'd be with an OPS of around .650-.680. At least Maybin is 30, can play all OF spots and has speed on his side, and can crank 8-12 HRs in a season. If he can put up a season like he did in 2016 with Detroit, which is a possibility because again he's 30 and not 44, he would have some trade value. Are we paying more for Maybin that we would've for Ichiro? I'd be very surprised if not. But isn't this exactly what we wanted? Sign a veteran player to a one year deal that could potentially be traded for value before the trade deadline before we call up our youngsters while not messing up with their service years?
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    Tim Healey chimes in on the Darvish idea

    Signing Arrieta or Darvish along with a Vargas or Lynn type player could very well get us to the playoffs. Chen could return to form. Strailey stays solid. Bour stays healthy all year and you have a legit top 10 offense. You can also argue that with what we have right now Chen returns to his Orioles day form, Strailey improves, we unearth the next dontrelle Willis and surprises abound with our offense and young OF’ers and led by a 40 HR season by Bour and JT and Rojas improve and Ziegler becomes the next surprising veteran in a long line of them for the marlins to turn in a career year. See where I’m going with this? You can’t know for sure. No one here can say any of this for a fact because players regress, they get injured, they die (yikes). The marlins are doing the most likely scenario for building an affordable lasting competitive team with depth. No one can or should argue against that. Hopefully that’s really their goal. The rest is all second guessing and pretending you’re Marty McFly and you came from the future.
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    Marlins to honor Jose in some fashion

    More than that, do you think anyone would really want that number any time soon? I think a plaque somewhere in the stadium sounds about right. It's a tricky situation for Jeter. Do nothing or too little and he's cold and Marlins don't care. Do too much and you think he might be overcompensating for something and irk the people upset about the death of 2 others and DUI situation, etc.
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    Dietrich to be LF on Opening Day

    Well, you're being kind because the last 3 years combined WAR (aka his time as a Marlin) is actually +.6. So yes, 2 out of the 3 years with us, Ichiro had a negative WAR season. I understand some have an emotional attachment to him and it's Ichiro and all but still baffles me why anyone would want the Marlins to sign him. He's 44 and a lock for .620-.680 OPS type season meaning absolutely no one would want to trade for him at the deadline. He'd be blocking the potential development of a guy like Braxton Lee or Van Slyke. I much rather just plug in some random AAA OF prospect running out of time and hope we get lucky and find the next Cody Ross or Justin Bour or Dan Uggla. Or signing a guy like Jon Jay who could have a solid season and be a trade chip. He needs to go back and play in Japan for a year or two where it all started and retire then.
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    Do you want Jeter to keep the sculpture?

    First time I read this topic I thought "wait, we built a sculpture of Jeter?" I don't hate the HR sculpture, but I definitely don't love it either. Given it's location tough to know what would be feasible or work logistically. A fake beach with the marlin dancers sunbathing in bikinis would be chill. And then every time there's a HR they get up and start dancing and Billy the Marlin starts shooting shirts out of the air cannon Rambo style. I'd be down for that.
  14. Uncle Leo

    Sports Illustrated Article on Jeter

    Adeiny got us Braxton Lee and Ethan Clark. Before the Yelich trade they were rated as our 13th and 33rd best prospects (so they'll be moved down a bit in an updated one) http://prospects1500.com/top-50-lists/miami-marlins-2018-top-50-prospects/ And Braxton Lee could very well be in our OF at some point this year or even starting things out depending how the Marlins decide to go with veteran FA signings. And at the time Adeiny was making 4.35MM so we wanted to dump that salary and did so on the Rays. Adeiny WAR history - 2014 + .3 / 2015 + 3.1 / 2016 +.5 and in 2017 had a combined +1.3 between us and the Rays. 2015 was his best offensive and defensive season and he seemed to be putting it all together but in 2016 he had his worst offensive season. Rojas WAR history - 2014 for the Dodgers +.3 and then with the Marlins 2015 +.8 / 2016 +.1 / 2017 +1.4 Of course he has far less at bats than Adeiny and small sample size but Rojas had a very respectable batting line of .290/.361/.375 over the 2017 season and anytime you can get a guy with an OPS over .700 playing SS with a good glove, that's VERY valuable. And he's about to make USD 1.2MM this year with two more arbitration years of control. Maybe he doesn't have the name recognition that Adeiny had but in terms of actual baseball value/WAR and money. You could argue that he's even more valuable than Adeiny. But to confirm this, he needs more at bats and be an everyday player.
  15. Rumors swirling we might sign Jon Jay