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Atlanta Braves Trade Jeff Francoeur to Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins have acquired Jeff Francoeur a veteran outfielder from the Atlanta Braves in a deal that involved three teams with the Texas Rangers being the third team. Dylan Moore an infielder in the minor leagues was traded to Atlanta from Texas and Matt Foley a catcher in the minor leagues went to the Braves from Miami. As part of this trade, Atlanta will send Miami nearly $105,000 to offset the contract of Francoeur. Texas obtained a part of international signing slots from the Marlins and one from the Braves. Any player in the big leagues... 
 

Ichiro Suzuki Inches Closer to 3,000 Hits Milestone

Just 29 Major League Baseball players in the history of the sport have reached 3,000 hits in their career. The 30th player is closing in quickly on that milestone. Ichiro Suzuki, the 42-year old outfielder for the Miami Marlins is just six hits short of the big milestone, after recording 3 hits in Sunday’s game. During the Marlins win of 6-3 on Sunday over the St. Louis Cardinals, Suzuki went 3 for 4 that included a base on balls, double and steal. The day was big for Suzuki as it moved him just six hits shy of the mark of 3,000 for his MLB career.... 
 

Giants set to acquire Casey McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have found a replacement for Pablo Sandoval at third base for the 2015 season, at least they hope so. The Giants announced they have acquired  third baseman Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in a trade that sends right-handers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo to Miami. Earlier this off-season Sandoval signed a free-agrect deal, $95 million over five years with the Boston Red Sox, leaving the Giants with a huge hole to fill. McGehee is expected to serve more or less as a bridge at the position until the team can... 
 

Miami Marlins Sign Michael Morse

The Miami Marlins have signed Michael Morse to a two year deal worth $12 million reports Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. Morse, 32, could slot into first base with the Marlins, either as a platoon partner with Garrett Jones or in a full-time role. A $12 million price tag seems attractive after seeing designated hitters Billy Butler and Kendrys Morales garner $30 million and $18 million, respectively. After an injury-marred 2013 campaign where he hit a miserable .215/.270/.381, Morse signed a one year, $6 million deal with the San Francisco... 
 

Marlins Acquire Mat Latos from Reds

The Miami Marlins have acquired starting pitcher Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. In exchange the Reds will receive pitcher Anthony DeSclafani and catcher Chad Wallach. It’s been a busy couple of days for the Marlins who acquired second baseman Dee Gordon from the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday night. Latos, who turned 27 earlier this week, is coming off an injury-plagued year. He made just 16 starts as an elbow injury limited him significantly. Prior to that he had posted four straight solid seasons... 
 

Dodgers Ship Dee Gordon to Marlins in Six Player Trade

The Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami Marlins have agreed to a six player trade reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Dee Gordon and Dan Haren will go to the Marlins while left-hander Andrew Heaney, second baseman Enrique Hernandez, reliever Chris Hatcher and catching prospect Austin Barnes are on their way to Los Angeles. Gordon, the Dodgers second baseman and a 2014 All-Star and Heaney, a 23 year-old hurler who was picked 9th overall in 2012, are the main pieces in the deal. Earlier this offseason Haren, who exercised his $10 million player... 
 

Miami Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton Reach Agreement on Mega Deal

The Miami Marlins and  Giancarlo Stanton have reached an agreement on a record-setting 13-year, $325 million contract extension, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. While the deal hasn’t yet been made official, Heyman reports “there is a clear understanding the deal will be finalized. Stanton, 25, will receive an opt-out clause in addition to a no-trade provision, according to those sources. FOXSports.com first reported the sides were talking about a deal for $300 million or more. A press conference to celebrate the mega deal is expected... 
 

Miami Marlins Closing in on Huge Deal with Giancarlo Stanton

The Miami Marlins are closing in on a 13 year, $325 million dollar deal with slugger Giancarlo Stanton, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal would be the largest in baseball history. It would reportedly contain both a no-trade clause and an opt-out clause, giving Stanton the power to control where he would go in the event the Marlins considered moving him and the flexibility to hit free agency earlier. There’s no doubt that Stanton is one of the best players in the major leagues. He’s also just 25 years old and will be under team... 
 

MVP Candidates: Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton

Despite losing pitching phenom Jose Fernandez to season-ending elbow surgery, the Miami Marlins are still hanging around the fringes of the National League Wild Card hunt. At 64-65, they are just four games behind the San Francisco Giants for the second Wild Card berth. While their .465 rest-of-season projected winning percentage doesn’t inspire much hope, this season has been much more successful than most baseball analysts predicted. A big reason for why the Marlins are still in the hunt is the performance of Giancarlo Stanton. The Marlins... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Should the Marlins Deal Giancarlo Stanton?

The Miami Marlins got off to a surprising start in 2014. As late as May 8th, they were in first place in the National League East. Since then they’ve gone 11-20 and after losing to the New York Mets, they enter the All-Star break at 44-50. Despite the team’s struggles, slugger Giancarlo Stanton is having an excellent season. Stanton, who is still just 24, is playing in his fifth major league season. He dealt with injuries in 2013, and produced a slash line of .249/.365/.480 for a 135 wRC+ and 2.3 fWAR. Good numbers to be sure, but... 
 

Tyler Kolek: Marlins Reach Agreement With Second Overall Pick

The Miami Marlins shave reached an agreement with Tyler Kolek, the second overall pick of the 2014 draft, and will officially introduce their newest prospect later today.The deal is worth a reported $6 million below the approximate $6.822MM slot price for the No. 2 overall selection. Kolek is a big-bodied right-hander, 6-foot-5, 255-pound,  who can touch triple digits and boasts a plus curve. “He’s got plenty of arm strength without trying to force anything,” Marlins vice president of scouting Stan Meek said, after the Marlins drafted... 
 

Gray, Cingrani, Paxton: Young Pitchers Impressing in 2014

Young players stole the show in 2013, and just four days into the 2014 season, several young pitchers are already making their mark. Youthful hurlers Michael Wacha, Jose Fernandez, and Chris Archer have turned in strong outings after making good showings in 2014. In addition, Sonny Gray, Tony Cingrani, and James Paxton had excellent first outings. Here’s a more in-depth look at what these three pitchers did in their first go-round in 2014. The 24 year-old Gray, a Vanderbilt product, made his mark in 2013, striking out 25.7 percent of hitters... 
 

Felix Hernandez and Jose Fernandez Dominate on Opening Day

Baseball is back. After a five month layoff, teams are playing meaningful games again. On Opening Day, aces Felix Hernandez and Jose Fernandez looked as though they hadn’t missed a beat. The Seattle Mariners ace worked six innings Monday night. He surrendered two earned runs, both on a two-run shot by Mike Trout. Of the 25 hitters he faced, Hernandez tallied 11 strikeouts, while issuing only one walk. His changeup was virtually unhittable. Hernandez’s changeup, which at times comes in at 90-91 miles per hour, has been his go-to pitch... 
 

Carlos Marmol, Chaz Roe Sign with Marlins, Pat Neshek with Cardinals

Relievers Carlos Marmol and Pat Neshek have signed with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. Marmol received a one year major league deal worth $1.25, reports Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com. Neshek agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, according to Keith Olbermann of ESPN.com. The 31 year-old Marmol posted a 17.8 percent walk rate in 52 appearances with the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013, and saw his ERA climb to 4.41, his highest mark since becoming a reliever. Marmol has... 
 

Jeff Baker Signs a Two-Year Deal with the Miami Marlins

Jeff Baker signed a two-year deal with the Miami Marlins, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. The 32 year-old Baker is guaranteed $3.7 million. Over parts of eight seasons and nearly 1500 plate appearances with the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Braves, Baker produced a pedestrian .266/.316/.428 line for a 90 wRC+ and 1.9 fWAR. He struck out in 23.5 percent of his plate appearances. However, 2013 was a different story for Baker. Playing a part time role for the Texas Rangers, the veteran saw playing time... 
 
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