Marlins near deal to send Latos, Morse to Dodgers

Marlins near deal to send Latos, Morse to Dodgers

MIAMI - The Marlins are closing in on a deal that will send right-hander Mat Latos and first baseman Michael Morse to the Dodgers for three Minor League pitchers.

MLB.com has learned the trade also will include the Dodgers receiving a competitive balance pick, No. 34 overall in the 2016 MLB Draft. And the Dodgers will assume the entire salaries of Latos and Morse. The teams haven't announced the trade.

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Jose stops Nats, improves to 15-0 at home

Jose stops Nats, improves to 15-0 at home

MIAMI -- Not that Jose Fernandez is too shabby on the road, but home certainly has been where the wins are for the Miami ace. The right-hander, despite not being his sharpest, gave up one run with five strikeouts in six innings on Tuesday night in the Marlins' 4-1 win over the Nationals.

With the victory, Fernandez improved to 4-0 on the season and 15-0 in his career at Marlins Park. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since 1900, only Johnny Allen (1932-33) and LaMarr Hoyt (1980-82) have started their careers winning more consecutive decisions than Fernandez. They each won 16.

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Gordon resumes catalyst role in first game off DL

Gordon resumes catalyst role in first game off DL

MIAMI -- Out of the lineup since July 11, Dee Gordon wasted little time getting back into action on Tuesday in the Marlins' 4-1 win over the Nationals at Marlins Park.

Gordon jumped on the first pitch Jordan Zimmermann threw and ripped a single to left in the first inning. The solid contact was reassuring since the All-Star second baseman had been on the disabled list with a dislocated left thumb.

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Fernandez finds way in favorite place to play

Despite season-high four walks, ace allows one run, improves to 15-0 with 1.19 ERA at home

Fernandez finds way in favorite place to play

MIAMI -- Streaks may come and go for most players, but there has been one constant for Jose Fernandez since he broke into the Majors as a hard-throwing right-hander at age 20 in 2013.

At Marlins Park, Miami's young ace remains undefeated. Fernandez, without his electric stuff on Tuesday night, simply found a way in a 4-1 win over the Nationals.

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Alvarez has surgery; status for 2016 spring uncertain

Alvarez has surgery; status for 2016 spring uncertain

MIAMI -- Henderson Alvarez, the Marlins' Opening Day starter, is officially out for the season.

The 25-year-old underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair a right shoulder tear. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla.

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Koehler gets chance to face Nats at home

Koehler gets chance to face Nats at home

Jonathan Papelbon enjoyed much success against the Marlins as a member of the Phillies. After the All-Star closer's trade to fellow National League East rival Washington on Tuesday, Miami could be tested by him again -- perhaps as soon as Wednesday night.

After completing the intra-division trade, the Nationals hope to give Papelbon a chance to close out a win over the Marlins in the second game of a three-game series.

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Marlins ready to make deals before Deadline

Despite hope for rebound, club prepared to take offers for Latos, Haren, among others

Marlins ready to make deals before Deadline

MIAMI -- Through all the adversity and injuries, the Marlins have clung to hope, even as they've slipped in the standings. But as Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approaches, and coming off a 3-7 road trip, the organization is doing a reality check and is prepared to make moves.

The mission is to avoid parting with core players, those signed or under club control through 2016, but that is subject to change, depending on what deals may arise by the end of the week.

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Latos drowns out trade talk in quality start

Marlins starter has solid outing vs. Padres, despite taking loss

Latos drowns out trade talk in quality start

SAN DIEGO -- What happens by Friday's Trade Deadline is out of Mat Latos' control. So all the 27-year-old right-hander was focused on Sunday was doing his part to help the Marlins salvage the series finale at Petco Park.

Credit the veteran for remaining locked in, as Latos, despite not being his sharpest, delivered a quality start, giving up three runs in six innings. Still, the Marlins couldn't manufacture enough offense, and they lost, 3-2, to the Padres, dropping three of four in the series.

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Realmuto homers, but Marlins fall behind Latos

Realmuto homers, but Marlins fall behind Latos

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres took the series after beating the Marlins, 3-2, on Sunday in San Diego. Craig Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning and earned save No. 29 of the season.

Backed by Justin Upton's 16th home run of the season, Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne allowed one run on two hits in six innings. It was his first victory since May 31.

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Realmuto providing power, promise for Marlins

Rookie catcher goes 2-for-4 with a homer in loss to Padres

Realmuto providing power, promise for Marlins

SAN DIEGO -- Once J.T. Realmuto irons out some glitches in his swing, watch out. The 24-year-old rookie remains a work in progress, but he continues to show flashes of why many believe he will be a better than average big league catcher.

The Marlins managed just four hits on Sunday in their 3-2 loss to the Padres at Petco Park, and Realmuto had two of them, including a homer. He also scored both runs.

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Haren's contract creates tricky trade situation

Marlins starter could earn $3 million in incentive bonuses

Haren's contract creates tricky trade situation

SAN DIEGO -- Marlins right-hander Dan Haren is drawing plenty of attention on the market, but factors beyond his performance on the field could influence where he winds up after Friday's Trade Deadline.

Haren, who is making $10 million, could pocket an additional $3 million if he maximizes all of his incentives. Fox Sports reports the bonus situation could give Miami additional incentive to deal the 34-year-old by Friday.

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Top 25-and-unders list includes Stanton, Fernandez

Top 25-and-unders list includes Stanton, Fernandez

If we had to pinpoint the one theme of this 2015 season that stands out above all others, it's unquestionably the dominating impact and the infusion of youth on the Major League scene. Never was this more evident than on Monday night when 23-year-old Cubs rookie Kris Bryant cracked his first career walk-off homer into the Wrigley Field bleachers to give the Cubs a dramatic 9-8 win against the Rockies.

And just an hour or so before Bryant's blast landed, the mere suggestion that the Dodgers might consider trading 24-year-old Yasiel Puig turned social media upside down.

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Hand moves to setup role after Cishek trade

Versatile Marlins pitcher inherits a more defined job

Hand moves to setup role after Cishek trade

SAN DIEGO -- Trading Steve Cishek to the Cardinals on Friday has created a reshuffling in the Marlins' bullpen. One of the changes that could have a long-term impact is lefty Brad Hand shifting from being a spot starter/long reliever to a more defined setup role.

Hand, groomed as a starter throughout his career in the organization, now joins Mike Dunn as a second left-handed option for manager Dan Jennings and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez.

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Phelps' solid outing spoiled by lack of offense

Phelps' solid outing spoiled by lack of offense

SAN DIEGO --The Padres had eight hits and Craig Kimbrel earned his 28th save as the Padres beat the Marlins, 3-1, Saturday night on RBIs from Yonder Alonso (sacrifice fly in the first), Will Venable (second-inning single) and Melvin Upton Jr. (pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh).

Ian Kennedy looked strong until the seventh inning, when he gave up a home run to Derek Dietrich. After the homer, J.T. Realmuto tripled and Kennedy was pulled. Kennedy went six-plus innings, allowing seven hits, one run and striking out seven.

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Dietrich's homer the highlight in tough loss

Marlins third baseman scores lone run against Padres

Dietrich's homer the highlight in tough loss

SAN DIEGO -- Petco Park will always be a special place for Derek Dietrich. The Marlins third baseman made his MLB debut in San Diego on May 8, 2013, and delivered his first big league hit that day, a single.

On Saturday night, Dietrich added another memory, with a home run in the seventh inning off Ian Kennedy. The drive to right, however, wasn't enough, as the Marlins were frustrated, yet again, in a 3-1 loss to the Padres.

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Haren gives up three solo homers in loss to Padres

Haren gives up three solo homers in loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- With the game tied, 1-1, with two outs in the bottom of the fifth Friday night, Yonder Alonso and Matt Kemp hit back-to-back home runs, sending the Padres on their way to a 3-1 win over the Marlins.

The Padres also got a strong performance from Andrew Cashner, who pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and one run, while striking out five.

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Cishek sent to Cardinals for Minor League pitcher

Cishek sent to Cardinals for Minor League pitcher

SAN DIEGO -- Steve Cishek, one of the most dependable relievers in Marlins history, was traded Friday to the Cardinals for Double-A closer Kyle Barraclough.

A fifth-round Draft pick in 2007, Cishek ranks third among Miami's all-time saves leaders with 94. But the sidearm-throwing right-hander got off to a slow start this season, converting just three of seven early save chances, and was relegated to a setup role.

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Haren loses what could be last start for Miami

Marlins starter trying not to let trade talk stress him out

Haren loses what could be last start for Miami

SAN DIEGO -- With his poise and composure, Dan Haren has a way of maintaining his focus, even in the most stressful of times. But in the Marlins' 3-1 loss to the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park, the 34-year-old was kicking himself over a lapse on the pitch Matt Kemp blasted for a home run the fifth inning.

Haren was tagged for three solo home runs that did enough damage to prevent him from collecting his 150th career victory. Aside from the game, the veteran also is dealing with the possibility of being traded.

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Four-run sixth backs Koehler's gem

Four-run sixth backs Koehler's gem

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto knocked in runs in the sixth inning and Tom Koehler tossed seven shutout innings Thursday night as the Marlins defeated the Padres, 4-0, at Petco Park.

San Diego starting pitcher Tyson Ross was sharp early, striking out seven in the first three innings. But he ran into trouble in the sixth when the Marlins scored four runs -- getting five consecutive two-out singles.

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Swinging singles: Marlins go on base-hit spree

Lineup does all its damage with two outs in sixth

Swinging singles: Marlins go on base-hit spree

SAN DIEGO -- For much of the first five innings Thursday night, it was a challenge for the Marlins to simply put the ball in play off Padres right-hander Tyson Ross, who fanned the first four batters he faced.

But with two outs in the sixth inning, the Marlins went on a "hit parade," stringing together five straight singles that provided the necessary punch in a 4-0 win at Petco Park.

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Fernandez clears air with Peralta after beaning

Marlins pitcher reaches out to D-backs infielder to check on him

Fernandez clears air with Peralta after beaning

SAN DIEGO -- After the Marlins defeated the D-backs, 5-3, on Wednesday night, Jose Fernandez reached out to David Peralta, who was struck in the helmet by a pitch.

In the sixth inning, Fernandez's 97-mph fastball ran up and plunked Peralta on the side of the helmet, causing a scary situation after the D-backs outfielder remained on the ground.

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Marlins hold on as Fernandez beats D-backs

Marlins hold on as Fernandez beats D-backs

PHOENIX -- Jose Fernandez pitched seven strong innings to help the Marlins top the D-backs, 5-3, and capture a series win Wednesday night at Chase Field.

Fernandez won for the third time in four starts since returning from Tommy John surgery, allowing three runs on five hits and notching 11 strikeouts. He also pitched in on offense, knocking an RBI double and scoring a run, as the Marlins took two out of three games from Arizona.

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Fernandez dominates despite beaning

Marlins starter rattled after hitting Peralta, earns win with 11 strikeouts

Fernandez dominates despite beaning

PHOENIX -- Jose Fernandez struck out 11 D-backs in Wednesday night's 5-3 victory, but after the game, he still was shaken up about the one pitch that ended up far from where he wanted.

The Marlins ace hit David Peralta in the head with a 97 mph fastball in the sixth inning.

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Suitors line up for Latos; Miami weighs deals

Marlins also exploring trade possibilities for Haren as Deadline nears

Suitors line up for Latos; Miami weighs deals

Mat Latos' strong performance on Tuesday has increased trade interest in the right-hander. The Marlins continue to field calls regarding the 27-year-old, and they are motivated to move him before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

According to sources, the Blue Jays and Cubs are potential landing spots for Latos, who threw seven scoreless innings in Miami's 3-0 win over the D-backs on Tuesday at Chase Field.

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Miami gets 5th pick in Competitive Balance Round A

PHOENIX -- The Marlins ended up with the fifth pick in next year's Competitive Balance round of Major League Baseball's Draft after Wednesday's lottery.

The Marlins had the fourth-best odds (8.9 percent) of winning the lottery like they did last year. The Reds won Wednesday's lottery.

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Unfazed by rumors, Latos dominates D-backs

Unfazed by rumors, Latos dominates D-backs

PHOENIX -- Mat Latos has already been traded twice in his career. Whether it happens a third time, he says the build-up to it won't affect him. He backed that up on Tuesday.

Latos delivered yet another strong performance as his name swirls in the Trade Deadline rumor mill, as he once again dominated the D-backs at Chase Field in a 3-0 Marlins victory.

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Marlins cruise behind Morse's bat, brilliant Mat

Marlins cruise behind Morse's bat, brilliant Mat

PHOENIX -- With trade rumors swirling, Mat Latos pitched seven scoreless innings in his first start in more than two weeks to help the Marlins top the D-backs, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

After being scratched from his last start due to a sore left foot, Latos gave up just four hits and struck out seven in his first outing since July 5. Michael Morse homered for the Marlins, who snapped their four-game losing streak.

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Gordon takes home Heart and Hustle Award

Injured 2B looks 'comfortable' taking swings off a tee

Gordon takes home Heart and Hustle Award

PHOENIX -- Second baseman Dee Gordon was named the Marlins' 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association on Tuesday.

The award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game and best embody its values, spirit and tradition. One player on each team is chosen based on his passion, desire and worth ethic on and off the field.

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Mono keeps Marlins draftee Naylor sidelined

No. 12 overall pick is recovering in Florida, will miss another week

Mono keeps Marlins draftee Naylor sidelined

MIAMI -- Josh Naylor, selected 12th overall by the Marlins in the 2015 MLB Draft, is expected to miss about another week as he recovers from a bout of mononucleosis.

The 18-year-old from Canada, last played for the Gulf Coast League Marlins on June 11, before he was sidelined due to the illness.

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Marlins can't capitalize against D-backs

Marlins can't capitalize against D-backs

PHOENIX -- Rubby De La Rosa tossed seven innings of one-run ball to help the D-backs snap their season-long six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Marlins at Chase Field on Monday night.

De La Rosa gave up five hits and walked a season-high five batters, but he induced four double plays and still managed to win for the first time since June 19. David Peralta drove in a pair of runs with a single in the third inning, and De La Rosa drove in a run of his own in the sixth.

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