Marlins Rumors & News

  • It’s a girl! Jose Fernandez’s baby born Friday

    Miami Herald "It’s a girl! Maria Arias, who was Jose Fernandez’s girlfriend, delivered their child Friday night, according to sources. The baby’s name: Penelope. Fernandez picked out the name in August after finding out the baby’s sex. The Miami Marlins pitcher and two companions died one month..." February 25

  • Jose Fernandez Married His H.S. Sweetheart in 2012

    TMZ "We now know why Jose Fernandez's marital status was listed as divorced in his death certificate -- he wasn't even old enough to drink when he got married back in 2012. TMZ Sports did some digging and according to the marriage license we've obtained ... Jose and Alejandra Baleato Marichal got..." February 24

  • Don Mattingly’s solution to speeding up baseball: Draft guys who don’t strikeout

    Sportsnaut "Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was one of the best contact hitters during his 14-year career with the New York Yankees. The former first baseman never struck out more than 43 times in a single season. Now, as a manger on the bench, Mattingly decided he wanted to chime in on the whole..." February 24

  • Jose Fernandez Death Certificate Reveals He Was Divorced

    TMZ "Jose Fernandez was divorced at one point in his life, but it's unclear to whom he was married ... according to his death certificate. TMZ Sports obtained the document and his marital status is crystal clear -- DIVORCED. It's interesting ... we know Jose had a pregnant girlfriend when he died..." February 24

  • Don Mattingly: If hitters were afraid to strike out it would speed up play

    ESPN "Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed the pace of play. "Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it's OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy's still valued in a big way," Mattingly said. "Well, as..." February 23

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reportedly in line to be Trump's ambassador to France

    USA Today "Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria reportedly could sell the team, and if he does, it looks like he won't be bored without his baseball club. The New York Post reported Wednesday that the 76-year-old art dealer is under consideration for a role in the Trump administration as U.S. ambassador to..." February 16

  • Kushner's family says it won't buy Marlins if Loria becomes ambassador to France

    Chicago Tribune "Reports emerged last week that Jeffrey Loria had a "handshake agreement" to sell the Miami Marlins to the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser. However, news Wednesday that Loria is being "pushed" by another senior White House official for the..." February 16

  • The Miami Marlins can wear beards again

    Hardball Talk "A year ago the Miami Marlins adopted a ban on facial hair for players. They never gave a good reason for it apart from vague allusions to image and professionalism, but really, there was no and could be no good reason for it. They’re baseball players, not executives. Even if you tried to construct..." February 15

  • Marlins announce Jose Fernandez locker to remain intact

    Sportsnaut "According to Jessica Blaylock of Fox Sports Florida, the Marlins announced they will keep late Jose Fernandez’s locker intact, months after his passing. Blaylock also added the locker has remained untouched since he passed away in September of last year. The two-time All-Star and 2013..." February 14

  • Jose Fernandez's Passion, Love Are Lasting Inspirations to Those Left to Cope

    Bleacher Report "All around them, there was beauty. So much beauty. Bright, blended colors and shapes, brushstrokes, lines that bent and etched and curved, strumming their emotions and reaching deep inside their hearts. As they looked around the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Miami Marlins superstar Giancarlo..." February 13

  • Chapman 'surprised' by how aggressively Marlins pursued him

    Newsday "Once Aroldis Chapman knew the feeling was mutual, the closer had no desire to pitch for anyone other than the Yankees. “I always talked to my agent that my priority was coming back to the Yankees,” Chapman said early Saturday afternoon after arriving at Steinbrenner Field. “I was surprised how..." February 12

  • Marlins will address stadium name change and TV deal in 2017

    MLB.com "Marlins president David Samson shed some light on the organization's quest for a naming rights deal for Marlins Park, plus a new television deal with Fox Sports Florida, while speaking at the club's FanFest at the ballpark on Saturday. "We're looking at naming rights," Samson said. "There's..." February 12

  • Jose Fernandez's Girlfriend To Give Birth Any Day ... Estate Says Death Lawsuit's A Low Blow

    TMZ "Late Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez's girlfriend will give birth any day now ... and Jose's estate believes a lawsuit filed against the pitcher's estate Friday is intended to mess with his family. As TMZ reported -- Jose and two friends were killed in a boating accident in September --..." February 11

  • Stanton: I don't think anything was tougher than end of last season

    Miami Herald "Giancarlo Stanton kept the conversation about baseball on Friday afternoon. Even though the buzz surrounding the Marlins was focused on larger matters. “Happy first day back,” said Stanton, when asked about his reaction to the recent reports of owner Jeffrey Loria potentially selling the..." February 11

  • Parents of two men on Jose Fernandez’ boat sue pitcher’s estate

    Miami Herald "The parents of two men on the boat with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when it crashed, killing all on board, are suing his estate, according to the Sun Sentinel. Investigators haven’t said who was driving Fernandez’s boat in the early morning crash on Sept. 25, but when the “Kaught..." February 11

  • Marlins players to wear patch honoring the late Jose Fernandez

    Sportsnaut "Jose Fernandez was one of the brightest young stars in the game of baseball. A dominating pitcher and a charasmatic figure, Fernandez’s life was tragically cut short when he died in a boating accident in Miami back in September. It was a reminder that life itself is precious. That no matter how..." February 10

  • Neither Jeter nor A-Rod involved in possible Loria sale of the Marlins

    CBS Sports "Thursday morning, Forbes reported Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria has a "handshake agreement" in place to sell the team for $1.6 billion. A sale is not imminent because the buyer, whose identity is unknown, has their money tied up in real estate, and MLB has debt limits to satisfy. The Forbes..." February 10

  • Conflicting reports on whether Ivanka Trump's father-in-law part of bid to buy Marlins

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the news broke that Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria had a "handshake agreement" to sell the team for $1.6 billion. Now ESPN's Darren Rovell reports that, according to sources, Charles Kushner, father-in-law to Ivanka Trump, is part of the group seeking to purchase the club from..." February 10

  • Marlins have ‘handshake agreement’ to sell team

    Miami Herald "The Miami Marlins have a “handshake agreement” to sell the team for $1.6 billion, according to Forbes. The publication, citing two unnamed sources, said Marlins president David Samson has said the team has an agreement to sell the franchise. When reached by the Herald, Samson said he had “no..." February 09

  • Phelps wins arbitration case against Marlins

    Miami Herald "David Phelps notched his first win of the season, and spring training hasn’t even started. On Thursday, Phelps won his salary arbitration case against the Marlins. An independent arbitrator sided with Phelps, awarding him the $4.6 million salary figure he was seeking for the 2017..." February 09

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17?

    MLB.com "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, MLB.com is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • How a tainted trade last summer still is impacting at least 3 MLB franchises

    Fox Sports "When Major League Baseball suspended Padres general manager A.J. Preller last September, it was for his failure to disclose required medical information in a trade that sent left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the Red Sox for right-hander Anderson Espinoza. Preller did not receive additional..." February 02

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Report: Craig Breslow drawing interest from Blue Jays, Indians and Twins

    Hardball Talk "According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays, Indians and Twins have reportedly emerged as frontrunners to sign free agent left-hander Craig Breslow. No offers are on the table yet, however, and Rosenthal speculates that fellow free agent left-handers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins will..." January 28

  • Late Marlins star Jose Fernandez's mother files for control of his estate

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The mother of the late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez has filed a petition to administer her late son's estate, starting the process of determining who will receive his assets. Maritza Gomez Fernandez filed the court action this week in Miami-Dade County probate court. Fernández, 24, died..." January 28

  • Giancarlo Stanton to play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

    Fanrag Sports "Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will once again represent the United States in the World Baseball Classic, according to a post on his on his Twitter account Tuesday night. The tournament is scheduled to take place from March 6-22 at locations around the globe. Stanton will play at least his..." January 25

  • Marlins acquire Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies

    Hardball Talk "The Marlins announced on Tuesday afternoon that the club acquired pitcher Severino Gonzalez from the Phillies in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Gonzalez, 24, was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Phillies to make room for outfielder Michael Saunders..." January 25

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Royals GM called Marlins president after news of Ventura's death

    ESPN "The news of Yordano Ventura's death spread quickly Sunday morning and pierced the veneer of a sports world focused on the NFL playoffs and Grand Slam tennis. With each new expression of grief or tweet of confirmation, we experienced the same sequence of emotions: shock and disbelief, followed by a..." January 23

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Marlins contemplate using a four-man bench

    MLB.com "The Marlins continue to monitor the free-agent market for another bench player, but signing an impact bat is not a high priority. The organization is seriously considering going with a four-man bench and carrying an additional reliever. "The thought of eight relievers and carrying a 13-man..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Marlins considering Chris Carter, Mark Reynolds

    Larry Brown Sports "After hitting the second-fewest home runs in the MLB last season, the Miami Marlins are hoping to add some raw power on the free agent market. According to a report by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN on Friday, the Marlins want to sign a righty first baseman to complement Justin Bour and are considering..." January 21

  • Marlins nearing deal for Reds' Straily

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins are nearing a deal that would net them right-hander Dan Straily from the Reds in exchange for right-handed pitching prospects Luis Castillo and Austin Brice in addition to a third minor leaguer, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). If completed, the trade will..." January 19

  • Marlins reel in Straily for prospect haul

    MLB.com "The Marlins are on the verge of acquiring right-hander Dan Straily from the Reds for three of their top 16 prospects, according to multiple sources. Straily gives Miami another veteran starter who projects to be in the Opening Day rotation. To secure the services of the 28-year-old, the Marlins..." January 19

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11