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  1. Pretty incredible article. http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/blockbuster-deal-set-to-pay-off-for-pitching-rich-marlins-032114 One year later, the Miami Marlins are better off than the Toronto Blue Jays. A loaded statement? Perhaps. But it's true. For all the justifiable criticism of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria after his 2012 fire sale, the Marlins will win more games than the Blue Jays over the next three seasons. In fairness to the Blue Jays, they are saddled with a brutal schedule in the American League East. I wouldn't be as bullish on the Marlins if they had to play 76 games against the Red Sox, Rays, Yankees and Orioles. But successful teams are built to seize competitive advantages within their particular circumstances. And on that score, the Marlins are in a more favorable position than their trading partner from the November 2012 blockbuster. The Marlins are poised to compete for a wild-card berth -- seriously, they are -- in a National League East that includes the aging Phillies, hobbled Braves, rebuilding Mets . . . and, admittedly, the powerhouse Nationals. Marlins first basemanGarrett Jones told me Thursday that his new team has comparable talent to his old team -- the Pittsburgh Pirates, who reached the playoffs last year. "We can compete with anybody," Jones said. And this wasn'€™t blithe spring optimism. Jones meant it. When I asked why, he replied, "The arms." The Blue Jays, meanwhile, are staring at a second consecutive last-place finish. The reason for that: the arms, of course. Consider the state of each team's organizational pitching depth 10 days before the regular season begins. The Marlins are one of the few big league teams in position to trade a starter if they're offered an impact position player in return. They have six experienced starting pitchers on the 40-man roster: Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner, Brad Hand and Tom Koehler. (The latter two have pitched exceptionally well this spring.) Kevin Slowey, a non-roster invitee, has performed well enough in camp to merit a roster spot. Turner, who is out of minor league options, is the most likely trade candidate. Multiple teams have inquired generally about the Marlins' starting pitching in recent days, sources say, with the Mariners and Diamondbacks among the teams most interested in acquiring a starter. Michael Hill, in his first year as the team's president of baseball operations, seems content to wait while gauging the desperation of other teams to add a starter. That's the wise play. Meanwhile, Marlins officials are confident they have no fewer than five prospects capable of starting in the majors at some point this year: left-handers Brian Flynn (who debuted last year), Andrew Heaney (the system's top prospect), Justin Nicolino and Adam Conley, and right-hander Anthony DeSclafani. Three of the aforementioned 12 -- Alvarez, Nicolino and DeSclafani -- arrived in the controversial trade with the Blue Jays, who happen to be short on pitching at their camp on the opposite Florida coast. Toronto has been among the worst teams in the majors this spring in ERA, WHIP and walks. On aggregate, those numbers represent some cause for concern. Manager John Gibbons can feel relatively confident in what R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle will offer. Drew Hutchison has had an encouraging spring coming off arm surgery. But the uncertainty surrounding the remainder of the rotation has grown since the Jays failed to sign free agent Ervin Santana. Brandon Morrow, a perpetual injury risk, has pitched only five innings in the Grapefruit League. J.A. Happ has issued nine walks in four innings. Esmil Rogers remains inconsistent. Ricky Romero and Marcus Stroman, rotation hopefuls as recently as last week, already have been sent to the minor leagues. Todd Redmond, who averaged less than five innings per start with the Blue Jays in 2013, could begin this season in the rotation. There are sudden calls for top prospect Aaron Sanchez to make the Opening Day roster. He is talented enough, but it's not fair to ask a 21-year-old with zero experience above Class A to rescue the Blue Jays because they made no moves of consequence during the offseason. One year after the Jays were supposed to win the World Series, it's becoming harder to see how they can finish with a winning record. Toronto could contend with the everyday lineup it has now, but the other AL East teams are going to bludgeon the Jays' rotation. Here's the irony: I don't blame Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos for his franchise-altering deal with the Marlins. The organization's greater mistake was a failure to carry over the large-market philosophy of 2012-2013 into the most recent winter. Santana should have been a Blue Jay long before the injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy thrust the Braves into the conversation. The Marlins, meanwhile, reverted to an approach that had been an organizational hallmark -- a low budget and emphasis on young talent. The movement started in July 2012, when the Marlins lit the fuse on their ill-fated chemistry experiment by trading Hanley Ramirez, Randy Choate, Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante. Those moves netted Eovaldi, Turner and Flynn. Of equal importance, the Marlins kept All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who won'€™t be traded anytime soon. They also are benefiting from an improved front-office culture. The atmosphere had grown dysfunctional under former GM Admin Beinfest, who was fired last year. The Marlins' operation is running more smoothly overall, now that Hill, Dan Jennings and Dan Noffsinger hold more prominent roles, along with the additions of top evaluators Mike Berger, Craig Weissmann and Jeff McAvoy. Manager Mike Redmond -- who has the ideal personality for this roster --has a better feel for the job in his second season, too. Were Marlins fans right to feel betrayed when the team stripped its roster after one season at a new, publicly financed stadium? Absolutely. But even Loria's harshest critics would have to acknowledge that his front office traded for the right players. The Marlins also have developed a number of their own prospects --” Fernandez (reigning NL Rookie of the Year) foremost among them. Now, one year after fan discontent reached an all-time high, the Marlins' present and future outlooks are quite good. They have the best ERA of any team in the majors this spring, at 2.95 heading into Friday. Some will remain skeptical until the Marlins' March success continues into the regular season. That is fair. But I'd like to remind you of something: The lowest ERAs last spring belonged to the Red Sox and Cardinals. And they did OK in the games that counted, too.
  2. It's pretty fun... all the players are around for autographs and it's free. Parking is $5 I saw.
  3. To get this straight, you wanted to keep all those scrubs? Or did you want to upgrade them?
  4. Made it up to Jupiter this morning, no Marlins to be found ... we just bought a couple berm tickets and watched Tigers vs Cards. First time to Jupiter, nice little town. Will head out to Cards and Marlins tomorrow.. any suggestions for a good time to get there/good way to get some autographs or close up photos?? Do they practice on the back fields before the game or anything?? Funny story: I found out what hotels the Marlins stay at. The receptionist thought me and my brother, clad with Marlins clothes and shoulder bags, were players, and couldn't find me on the "players" list, lol!! Marlins opened their minor league camp on Monday, so I'm not sure if the big boys will be doing much on the back fields. SFF is far better educated on the ins and outs of what goes on in Jupiter than I am. But... We get there 1-1 1/2 hours before first pitch and just enjoy the atmosphere. Most autograph seekers stand over near where the Marlins bull pen is and the guys usually will come over to sign for them. If the players's wifes are there, give them their space and the players will show their appreciation later. Post game stand out near the gate at the club house and the players parking area. We aren't autograph hounds so I can only tell you what we see them do. Hope you aren't paying for parking in the fields. Park in the garage instead. Want a good lunch? 95 south to Blue Heron. Exit east to the first left (between the Honda dealership and the gas station.) First left and then first right. On the left you will see "Two Fat Guys." Order the Fat Guy. $7.50 and worth every penny. It's an industrial area so don't let that or the smallness of the place fool you. Best sandwhich shop in PBC. A couple of my wholesalers are in that area and that's how I found this little, well kept secret. Take you maybe 15 minutes at the most from that hotel to get there. I think it opens about 10:30 and closes at around 3:00 and closed on the weekends. 1:05 game. I may be in that area today. May have to do my Dodgers fan impression again. Good tips!! Thanks!! Darn, I did pay for parking yesterday- ah well, I'll be sure to hit the garage today. Where's this Minor League camp everyone's speaking of?? Worth going to?? How do I find it?
  5. Made it up to Jupiter this morning, no Marlins to be found ... we just bought a couple berm tickets and watched Tigers vs Cards. First time to Jupiter, nice little town. Will head out to Cards and Marlins tomorrow.. any suggestions for a good time to get there/good way to get some autographs or close up photos?? Do they practice on the back fields before the game or anything?? Funny story: I found out what hotels the Marlins stay at. The receptionist thought me and my brother, clad with Marlins clothes and shoulder bags, were players, and couldn't find me on the "players" list, lol!!
  6. Thanks! Was wondering if I make the trip tomorrow if the practices/scrimmages, etc... are open to the public??? Anyone know!? Would save me a 1.5 hour trip if not, haha
  7. I don't see a game listed for tomorrow There's a some sort of back-field scrimmage. Andrew Miller is starting. They played one last time they didn't have a Grapefruit League game.
  8. Thank you!! Is tomorrow's scrimmage open to the public? Worth going to? Or should I just go to a real game?
  9. Thinking of going up to Jupiter to get a look at Stanton, Morrison, Dominguez, West and the rest. Looking for advice.. What goes on tomorrow, a day where no game? What time does what happen, is it worth it, do they charge, etc.?? What goes on during game days? What are some good tips to get up close/take pictures, etc...? Thanks in advance!!!
  10. Cool little tidbit, I know some were wondering... It appears that "Baseball America" ranked the Marlins' system #2 in baseball behind the Rangers. http://www.minorleagueball.com/2009/1/14/7...gers-rated-1-ba The Rangers have been rated #1 by BA, the Marlins #2, and the A's #3: Chris (Newport beach, CA): Jim, great chat as always! I was wondering when you were doing the minor league top 10?s, which orginization did you have the most trouble with in terms of their top three prospects? Marlins, Braves, other?? SportsNation John Manuel: (2:25 PM ET ) Neat question that I?ll answer even though I?m not Jim. The Braves was very tough ? we went back and forth between Jason Heyward and Tommy Hanson; Hanson?s AFL performance and scouting reports were so loud and outsized, and he?s so much closer to the majors than Heyward, that we switched at the last minute. The Rangers top list and the Marlins are also interchangeable, and to me, you could argue Mike Stanton over Cam Maybin easily for the Marlins No. 1, K rate be damned! Those kinds of things tend to happen to strong organizations, and Texas and Florida rank 1-2 in our Org Rankings in the Prospect Handbook, which is at the printers now. Confirmed by Richard Durrett of the DMN: I just called Baseball America and officials there confirmed the Rangers have the No. 1 farm system. John Manuel mentioned it on an ESPN.com chat and BA officials said it is indeed true. Florida, by the way, is No. 2. And I talked to John Manuel, editor-in-chief of Baseball America, and he said that the Rangers beat out Florida and Oakland because of balance within the system. "They have pitching and hitting prospects with some close to the major-league level and some at the lower levels with high upside," Manuel said. "Other teams had great pitching or great hitting, but the Rangers had the best of both."
  11. Marlins Sign Jay Gibbons to Minor League Contract The Marlins have signed former Baltimore Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. The 31-year-old Gibbons, who was involved in baseball's steroids scandal, has not played in the majors since August, 2007, and was released by the Orioles last March even though he was still owed $12 million for the two remaining years of his contract. "I'm excited and appreciative for the opportunity," Gibbons told the Baltimore Sun newspaper on Monday. Gibbons spent seven seasons with the Orioles. He had his best year in 2003 when he hit .277 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI. But after being named in the Mitchell Report in December, 2007, and then cut by the Orioles, he ended up playing with the independent Long Island Ducks before signing a minor-league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers and playing with their Double A and Triple A outfits. http://miamiherald.typepad.com/fish_bytes/...ns-sign-ja.html
  12. Florida Marlins closer Lindstrom headed for World Baseball Classic BY CLARK SPENCER cspencer@MiamiHerald.com The Marlins have high expectations for Matt Lindstrom, who is their projected closer next season. They won't be the only ones counting on the hard-throwing pitcher's triple-digit heat. Lindstrom, who throws one of the fastest fastballs in the majors, has accepted an invitation to represent the United States in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. ''It's huge,'' said Lindstrom, a 28-year-old Idahoan. ``You play for your country. We want to show everyone we still have the best talent in the world.'' The 16 countries slated to participate in the WBC are assembling provisional rosters. Final rosters will be announced in February, shortly before the tournament starts in March. Last season, Lindstrom made 66 relief appearances for the Marlins, going 3-3 with five saves and a 3.14 earned-run average. He is expected to assume the ninth-inning role that was vacated when Kevin Gregg was traded in November to the Chicago Cubs. Lindstrom, who spends most of the winter offseason in Denver, said he has been throwing and working out. ''I'll be ready,'' Lindstrom said. Lindstrom said he never expected to receive an invitation. When informational flyers about the WBC were given to players late last season, Lindstrom said he took one look at them and thought, ``yeah, right.'' ''When they called me the day after Christmas, it put a good cap on a big year,'' Lindstrom said. Lindstrom isn't the only Marlin expected to take part in the WBC. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez (Dominican Republic), pitcher Rick Vandenhurk (the Netherlands), reliever Renyel Pinto (Venezuela) and third baseman Jorge Cantu and infielder Alfredo Amezaga (Mexico) also are planning to participate. The 16-nation tournament starts March 5. Second-round games will be held March 14-19 at Dolphin Stadium and San Diego's PETCO Park, with the semifinals and finals set for Dodger Stadium on March 21 and 23. http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/844145.html
  13. Helms plays above average defense at 3B, something Cantu and D-Mac do not do. He was very good off the bench last season, is good with runners on base, etc.. As a bonus, there are the intangible "clubhouse morale" and "veteran leadership" things which may, or may not, add value. I love him as a player, and loved the signing. Cantu and D-Mac both strike out a lot and play below average defense- something we all know the Marlins are trying to avoid. I'd like to see Cantu moved with his value high because of his defense, but I also wouldn't feel comfortable losing his bat at the moment without a more trustworthy replacement lined up. Then again, of D-Mac, Helms, Bonifacio, Andino and Coghlan, one of them would hopefully hit well enough in ST to win the job and be productive there with the bat. "D-Mac" is projected to be an average defensive 3B. Not "below average" really. As for Helms, he absolutely sucks against right handed pitching. He's nothing more than a platoon option if he starts...and to be honest, he struggled against lefties last year, too. It was an unnecessary signing, and you know it was unnecessary when the best thing we can come up with is..."he's a veteran leader." You sign "veteran leaders" who could actually fill a need on the team. Helms doesn't do that. Out of the 5 guys you mentioned in your list...none of those guys are full-time starters. The only one who should be considered is McPherson...and he, too, is a platoon player, due to his struggles against left-handed pitching. The Marlins could've platooned D-Mac/Cantu at 3B and Cantu/Sanchez at 1B and gotten some damn good offensive production. Now that Helms signed for 2 years...I'm pretty sure he's going to get some good playing time, and that is a downgrade to what "could have been." I'm hoping the Giants still want to make that Cantu-Sanchez trade now, and we just go with Gaby at 1B and McPherson/Helms platoon at 3B. Again...I highly doubt with the contract the Marlins gave Helms (something they usually don't do)...that Helms is just going to sit on the bench and play "veteran leader." He's going to get a spot platooning...unnecessary spot, but most likely realistic. Well, I can't speak to DMac's defense, but from what I've heard, he isn't exactly Brooks over there- can't be worse than Cantu though. Helms has good PH numbers and good RISP numbers last season, and was a stud at 3B defensively whenever he came in. So "the best thing we can come up with" is not "he's a veteran leader." He's a great option off the bench/defensive replacement. I don't see a platoon like that happening- I'd think whoever wins the job is going to play every day, for the most part. That's usually how it is. Also, I think it's unfair to say none of those five are full-time starters. The Marlins work on the assumption that it's an open competition and whoever wins the job and performs gets to play. Didn't Alejandro De Aza win a vacant CF job a couple years ago and perform pretty well in limited time- and who was he? McPherson, Bonifacio, Coghlan and even Andino were all, at the very least, fairly decent, prospects, and a strong performance in ST will win them the 3B job in a Cantu-less world. That's how a FA signee, Cantu, won the job a year ago, remember.
  14. Helms plays above average defense at 3B, something Cantu and D-Mac do not do. He was very good off the bench last season, is good with runners on base, etc.. As a bonus, there are the intangible "clubhouse morale" and "veteran leadership" things which may, or may not, add value. I love him as a player, and loved the signing. Cantu and D-Mac both strike out a lot and play below average defense- something we all know the Marlins are trying to avoid. I'd like to see Cantu moved with his value high because of his defense, but I also wouldn't feel comfortable losing his bat at the moment without a more trustworthy replacement lined up. Then again, of D-Mac, Helms, Bonifacio, Andino and Coghlan, one of them would hopefully hit well enough in ST to win the job and be productive there with the bat.
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