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  • Marlins Acquire Matt Barnes From Red Sox

    The Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins have reportedly made a deal, per a tweet from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal on Monday morning. According to Rosenthal's tweet, Boston is trading reliever Matt Barnes to Miami for fellow relief pitcher Richard Bleier. Barnes pitched to a 4.31 ERA, a 3.87 FIP, 34 strikeouts, and 21 walks in 39.2 innings for Boston last season while adding eight saves and four holds. Bleier, meanwhile, turned in a 3.55 ERA and a 3.27 FIP in 50.2 innings for the Marlins, while adding 32 strikeouts, 10 walks, seven holds and a save. Of the duo, Barnes likely has more potential for save opportunities this coming season in Miami than Bleier does in Boston given Kenley Jansen's presence at the back end of the Red Sox bullpen.

    Jan 30 · Source via Marlins Red Sox Matt Barnes closers
  • Marlins Outright Daniel Castano

    Left-hander Daniel Castano went unclaimed on waivers and has been assigned outright to Triple-A Jacksonville, the team announced Thursday. Castano, who was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Johnny Cueto, will be in spring training as a non-roster invitee. Acquired alongside Sandy Alcantara, Zac Gallen and Magneuris Sierra in the lopsided trade…

    Jan 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Daniel Castano
  • Marlins Sign Enrique Burgos To Minor League Deal

    The Marlins announced that reliever Enrique Burgos has signed a minor league contract with a non-roster Spring Training invitation. The 32-year-old makes it back to the affiliated ranks for the first time since he was released by the Tigers in March 2018. Burgos, a Panama native, has some previous MLB experience. He was a frequent middle…

    Jan 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins
  • Devin Smeltzer Agrees To Deal With Marlins

    Free-agent left-hander Devin Smeltzer agreed to a one-year split deal with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday. He will make $1 million if he's in the majors and will receive an invitation to major-league spring training, according to sources. The 27-year-old southpaw reliever had a 3.71 ERA (5.23 FIP), 1.22 WHIP and career-low 13.9 percent strikeout rate in a career-high 70 1/3 innings pitched over 15 appearances (12 starts) for the Minnesota Twins last year. There is more opportunity in Miami's starting rotation with Pablo Lopez now in Minnesota, but Smeltzer will likely open the 2023 season as a long man in Miami's bullpen if he makes the Opening Day roster out of spring training.

    Jan 24 · Source via Marlins Devin Smeltzer
  • Marlins Not Certain To Sign Yuli Gurriel

    Free-agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel isn't viewed as a certainty to sign with the Miami Marlins now after it was reported over the weekend that the two sides were progressing towards a deal, according to sources. Talks between the two sides have cooled in recent days, although that could change again. The Marlins have been focused on adding bats this offseason, but they could end up passing on the 38-year-old Cuban first baseman. If Gurriel did sign in Miami, he'd likely platoon at first base and designated hitter after having a down season with the Houston Astros in 2022. He also sprained the MCL in his knee in the World Series and probably doesn't have much left offensively as he approaches 40 years old.

    Jan 24 · Source via Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Marlins, Devin Smeltzer Agree To Minor League Contract

    The Marlins are in agreement with left-hander Devin Smeltzer on a minor league deal, reports Daniel Álvarez-Montes of El Extrabase (Twitter link). The deal, which contains a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, would pay the ISE Baseball client at a $1MM rate for any time spent in the majors. Smeltzer has pitched in the majors in…

    Jan 24 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Devin Smeltzer
  • Yuli Gurriel Close To Signing With Marlins?

    It was reported over the weekend that free-agent first baseman Yuli Gurriel was moving toward a deal with the Miami Marlins, according to sources. The soon-to-be 39-year-old suffered a sprained right MCL in Game 5 of the World Series, although he should be ready to go for Opening Day in 2023. Gurriel's numbers dropped in his seventh big-league season in 2022, as he slashed .242/.288/.360 with a career-low .647 OPS, eight home runs, 53 RBI, 53 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 584 plate appearances and 146 games. Other than a 31-homer season in 2019, Gurriel hasn't been much of a power hitter and would be moving to a pitcher-friendly park in Miami while also serving in a platoon at first base/designated hitter.

    Jan 23 · Source via Marlins Yuli Gurriel
  • Marlins "Moving Toward" Deal With Yuli Gurriel, Twins Also Involved

    The Marlins are “moving toward” a deal with free agent Yuli Gurriel, according to Mark Feinsand and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. No deal has been finalized yet, and Miami isn’t the only club involved, as Daniel Alvarez-Montes of El Extra Base reports that the Twins are also in on Gurriel. The Marlins had been the…

    Jan 21 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Twins Yuli Gurriel
  • Jazz Chisholm Jr. Moving To Center Field

    The Miami Marlins will move second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. to center field this year, according to general manager Kim Ng. Chisholm has played exclusively as a second baseman and shortstop during his major-league career, but All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez will now take over after being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Friday, with Jean Segura manning third base. Instead of moving to shortstop, the 24-year-old Chisholm will gain outfield eligibility for fantasy managers in 2023, in addition to second base. It will make him even more attractive in fantasy after an All-Star season in 2022 that saw him hit .254/.325/.535 with a career-high .860 OPS, 14 home runs, 45 RBI, 39 runs scored and 12 stolen bases in just 60 games played due to injury.

    Jan 20 · Source via Marlins Jazz Chisholm
  • Twins Land Pablo Lopez And Two Prospects

    The Minnesota Twins acquired right-hander Pablo Lopez and prospects Jose Salas and Byron Chourio from the Miami Marlins on Friday in exchange for All-Star second baseman Luiz Arraez, according to sources. Lopez went 10-10 with a 3.75 ERA (3.71 FIP), 1.17 WHIP and 23.6 percent strikeout rate in 180 innings over a career-high 32 starts in his fifth MLB season with the Marlins. The 26-year-old will be under Twins control for the next two seasons and heads to another favorite pitcher's park in a rather weak division as well. Neither Salas nor Chourio were listed on Miami's list of top-30 prospects, per MLB Pipeline. Salas is the more intriguing of the two. The 19-year-old switch-hitting shortstop only made it to High-A in 2022, but he could rise quickly in Minnesota's system.

    Jan 20 · Source via Marlins Twins Pablo Lopez
  • Marlins Acquire Luis Arraez From Twins

    The Miami Marlins acquired All-Star second baseman Luis Arraez from the Minnesota Twins on Friday in exchange for right-hander Pablo Lopez and prospects Jose Salas and Byron Chourio, according to sources. Arraez won the American League batting title in 2022 by hitting .316 with a .375 on-base percentage, .420 slugging percentage, .795 OPS, career-high eight home runs, 49 RBI, 88 runs scored and four stolen bases in 603 plate appearances and 144 games. The 25-year-old can play pretty much anywhere on the infield and could also be used in the outfield in Miami, but there's no doubt that he'll be playing every day for the Fish. Miami isn't the best hitter's environment, but Arraez is more useful for runs, average and OBP to begin with in fantasy.

    Jan 20 · Source via Twins Marlins Luis Arraez
  • Max Meyer To Start Throwing Soon

    Miami Marlins right-hander Max Meyer (elbow) said that he will "start getting ready to throw here soon in a couple weeks." Meyer underwent Tommy John surgery last August after making his first two major-league starts in 2022. A return late in the 2023 season can't be ruled out, but fantasy managers shouldn't expect the 23-year-old to do much this year while recovering from elbow reconstruction. He is the team's No. 2 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and has a bright future ahead of him once his elbow injury is fully in the rearview mirror. Meyer's physique isn't exactly intimidating on the mound, but he has a nasty slider and has shown better command in recent seasons. He's a fine dynasty/keeper league stash for now.

    Jan 19 · Source via Marlins Max Meyer
  • Marlins Designate Daniel Castano For Assignment

    The Miami Marlins designated left-hander Daniel Castano for assignment on Thursday to make room on the 40-man roster for the recently signed Johnny Cueto. The 2022 season was a tough one for Castano, as he suffered a concussion and also had a small labrum tear in his left shoulder in September. He ended up making just 10 appearances (seven starts) for the Fish, allowing 20 runs (16 earned) on 42 hits (five homers) while walking nine and striking out 20 in 35 2/3 innings pitched. Because there's a good chance he won't be ready for the start of spring training, he could go unclaimed on waivers, at which point he'd be free to sign with any MLB club. Castano has a 3.89 ERA (4.86 FIP) and 1.42 WHIP in three big-league seasons with Miami.

    Jan 19 · Source via Marlins Daniel Castano
  • Marlins Designate Daniel Castano For Assignment

    The Marlins have designated left-hander Daniel Castano for assignment, tweets Daniel Alvarez Montes of El Extra Base (Twitter link). Castano’s spot on the roster will go to right-hander Johnny Cueto, whose previously reported one-year, $8.5MM contract has now been made official. Cueto was formally introduced this morning at Miami’s loanDepot Park. Castano, 28, was one…

    Jan 19 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Daniel Castano
  • Aroldis Chapman Throws Bullpen For Marlins

    Free-agent relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman threw a bullpen session for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday at Nova Southeastern University, according to a source. Miami's interest in the hard-throwing left-hander was reported on Tuesday, and the Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres are also interested in signing him. The Cuban southpaw probably isn't returning to the New York Yankees after missing a mandatory meeting late last season and being kept off the playoff roster. The 34-year-old veteran lost the closing job in 2022 and showed signs of decline when he posted a career-worst 4.46 ERA (4.57 FIP), 1.43 WHIP, nine saves and career-low 26.9 percent strikeout rate. Chapman could regain closing duties if he lands in Miami, but it wouldn't be a guarantee.

    Jan 18 · Source via Marlins Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Rangers, Marlins Among Teams Interested In Jurickson Profar

    Outfielder Jurickson Profar is one of the top free agents that still remains unsigned and he is drawing plenty of interest around the league. He’s already been connected to the Yankees, Astros and Red Sox at various points throughout the winter and it seems there are a few more teams involved. Jon Morosi of MLB…

    Jan 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Marlins Rangers Jurickson Profar
  • Marlins, Royals, Padres Interested In Aroldis Chapman

    Per a tweet from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand on Wednesday morning, the Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres are reportedly interested in free-agent relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman. Feinsand tweeted the following on Wednesday: "The Marlins, Royals and Padres are among the teams interested in Aroldis Chapman, per sources." The 34-year-old made 43 appearances for the New York Yankees during the 2022 season, pitching to a 4.46 ERA and a 4.57 FIP in 36.1 innings of work for the American League East franchise. He also registered nine saves and a hold while collecting 43 strikeouts compared to 28 walks allowed.

    Jan 18 · Source via Marlins Royals Padres Aroldis Chapman closers
  • Marlins Interested In Luis Arraez

    The Athletic's Dan Hayes reported Tuesday that the Miami Marlins are interested in Minnesota Twins second baseman Luis Arraez. However, the Twins have reportedly attached a heavy price tag to the 2022 All-Star. The 25-year-old had a great season, slashing .316/.375/.420 with eight home runs 49 RBI, 88 runs scored, and four stolen bases in 603 plate appearances. The young second baseman holds a great deal of value to the Twins, but his fantasy value is somewhat limited, as he hits almost entirely for average. His fantasy value would relatively decline if he were to be traded to the Marlins.

    Jan 18 · Source via Twins Marlins Luis Arraez
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