Marlins Rumors & News

  • 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

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces?

    MLB.com "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to MLB.com. Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Elvis Araujo to play for Chunichi Dragons in 2017

    Hardball Talk "The Marlins finalized their two-year, $16 million deal with right-hander Brad Ziegler on Friday, designating left-hander Elvis Araujo for assignment in the process. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Araujo will play for the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Professional Baseball in..." December 24

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • How Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria continues to outfox us all

    CBS Sports "Ponder, if you will, the savviest investments of the past 20 years. Think of the venture capitalists who got in early on Google. The angel investors who took a leap of faith with Uber. Sean Parker finagling his way into Facebook right before it exploded was enough to get a Mickey Mouse Club member..." December 21

  • Marlins, veteran closer Ziegler agree to two-year deal

    Miami Herald "The Marlins continued to bolster their bullpen on Friday night by agreeing to terms with veteran closer Brad Ziegler on a two-year, $16 million contract. The deal, confirmed by a source and first reported by Fox’s Ken Rosenthal, calls for a salary of $7 million in 2017 and $9 million in 2018,..." December 17

  • Chapman says Marlins were close to signing him, felt Yanks were more stable

    sny.tv "Aroldis Chapman said Friday that the Marlins were close to signing him, but that he felt the Yankees were the more stable organization. "The Marlins were close on signing me, but at the end, my wish was to come back to the Yankees," Chapman said during a conference call. Chapman added that..." December 17

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Bankers Say Jeffrey Loria Floating $1.7 Billion Price For Miami Marlins

    Forbes.com "The latest buzz among sports bankers is that the Miami Marlins can be had for $1.7 billion. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is an art dealer who originally became a baseball owner with a relatively small investment—$30 million—in the Montreal Expos--and was part of the controversial deal put..." December 16

  • Marlins add right-hander Junichi Tazawa to bullpen mix

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Last week, Marlins manager Don Mattingly called Junichi Tazawa “another guy that we identified that we like." This week, Tazawa is a Marlin. Tazawa agreed Thursday to a two-year, $12 million deal to come to Miami, according to multiple reports, continuing the Marlins’ offseason theme of..." December 16

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • Marlins balked at Red Sox asking price for Buchholz

    Mass Live "Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald noted in his Sports Buzz column today that the Boston Red Sox wanted Marlins pitching prospect Luis Castillo for Clay Buchholz. Jackson wrote: "The Marlins and Red Sox talked briefly about pitcher Clay Buchholz, who's available, but Miami wasn't interested..." December 11

  • D-Backs, Rodney agree to 1-year deal

    Boston Herald "Closer Fernando Rodney and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $2.75 million, one-year contract that allows him to earn an additional $4 million in performance bonuses. Rodney agreed to the deal earlier this week, and it was completed Friday after he passed a physical. He can earn..." December 10

  • Marlins may target Neftali Feliz

    Larry Brown Sports "With the pool of available free agent relievers threatening to dry up quickly, the Miami Marlins may be forced to devise a creative backup plan. According to a report by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com on Thursday, the Marlins may target former All-Star closer Neftali Feliz as they await a decision from..." December 09

  • Fort Lauderdale native Matt den Dekker signs minor league deal with Marlins

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Matt den Dekker, a Fort Lauderdale native who starred at Westminster Academy and the University of Florida, has joined the Marlins on a minor league deal with an invite to big league camp. “Excited to be back home,” den Dekker said in a text. “I’ll be in spring training competing for a..." December 09

  • 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