With flurry of deals, Marlins look to future

With flurry of deals, Marlins look to future

MIAMI -- The Marlins were active on Friday prior to the 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, completing two deals.

Unable to make up ground since the All-Star break, Miami decided to turn its eye toward the future, which prompted four trades overall in the past week.

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Haren traded to Cubs for prospects

Haren traded to Cubs for prospects

MIAMI -- Dan Haren, the Marlins' most consistent starter in the first half of the season, was traded to the Cubs on Friday afternoon for two Minor Leaguers.

Haren, set to be a free agent after the season, became expendable once Miami fell out of playoff contention. So rather than retain the 34-year-old, one of the most respected players in the clubhouse, the Marlins sent him to Chicago and received shortstop Elliot Soto and right-hander Ivan Pineyro.

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Marlins acquire Telis, Ege from Rangers for Dyson

Marlins acquire Telis, Ege from Rangers for Dyson

MIAMI -- In a move just prior to Friday's 4 p.m. ET non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Marlins sent right-handed reliever Sam Dyson to the Rangers in exchange for catcher Tomas Telis and Minor League left-handed reliever Cody Ege. Telis, 24, will join Miami, while Ege, 24, will be assigned to Double-A Jacksonville.

The 27-year-old Dyson was 3-3 with a 3.68 ERA over 44 innings this season with the Marlins. The righty pitched three seasons in Miami after being claimed off waivers from Toronto in January 2013. Dyson's best campaign came in 2014, when he went 3-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 31 appearances.

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Marlins release veteran infielder Baker

In other moves, Urena called up for start; Solano reinstated

Marlins release veteran infielder Baker

MIAMI -- The Marlins released backup first baseman Jeff Baker prior to Friday's series opener against San Diego. In other roster moves, right-hander Jose Urena was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start Saturday's contest, and infielder Donovan Solano was reinstated from the paternity list.

The 34-year-old Baker was still on the 15-day disabled list as of Friday. He was on the DL retroactive to July 8 with what was originally thought to be a strained oblique, but X-rays on Tuesday revealed he has a broken rib.

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Marlins finalize 3-team deal to land prospects

Latos, Morse head to Dodgers; Braves acquire Competitive Balance pick

Marlins finalize 3-team deal to land prospects

MIAMI -- When the Marlins reshaped their roster this past offseason, making a number of high-profile additions, they anticipated being serious contenders. The last thing they thought they'd be doing is selling at the non-waiver Trade Deadline.

But on Thursday afternoon, after taking a 1-0 loss to the Nationals that dropped them to 18 games below .500, the Marlins finalized a three-team trade that sends right-handed starter Mat Latos, first baseman Michael Morse and cash to the Dodgers. From Los Angeles, Miami received pitching prospects Jeff Brigham, Victor Araujo and Kevin Guzman.

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Haren's lone mistake vs. Nats one too many

Haren's lone mistake vs. Nats one too many

MIAMI -- All of the Nationals' offense in Thursday's series finale against the Marlins came on one swing of the bat -- a Ryan Zimmerman home run -- and that's all Max Scherzer needed. The All-Star right-hander tossed seven strong innings and allowed just three singles on 109 pitches as Washington downed Miami, 1-0, at Marlins Park to take the three-game series. Nats closer Jonathan Papelbon, acquired in a deal with the Phillies on Tuesday, earned the save in his first outing with Washington.

The win was a bounce-back effort for Scherzer (11-8, 2.22 ERA), who allowed five runs to Pittsburgh last Friday. The righty struck out six and stranded the tying run on second in each of his final two innings, posting his sixth scoreless start of the season.

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Koehler, Marlins can't contain Harper, Nats

Koehler, Marlins can't contain Harper, Nats

MIAMI -- Propelled by two towering Bryce Harper home runs for his National League-leading 28th and 29th blasts of the year, the Nationals beat the Marlins, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Marlins Park to even the three-game set. Harper's first homer to right field came in the fifth inning and broke a 2-2 tie to back a strong outing from starter Doug Fister.

Marlins starter Tom Koehler took the loss in a rare rough outing at home. The righty entered having allowed just nine earned runs in 48 1/3 innings this season at Marlins Park (1.68 ERA), but Washington got to him for five earned runs on six hits in six innings.

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Ichiro less than 100 hits away from 3,000

Ichiro less than 100 hits away from 3,000

MIAMI -- Let the countdown to 3,000 hits begin. With two hits on Wednesday night in the Marlins' 7-2 loss to the Nationals, Ichiro now has rung up 2,901 hits in his brilliant big league career.

Now that he's passed the 2,900-hit plateau, Ichiro could get the chance to reach one of MLB's most elite milestones sometime in 2016.

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Labrum surgery successful for Alvarez

Labrum surgery successful for Alvarez

MIAMI -- Marlins righty Henderson Alvarez -- who is out for the remainder of the season -- underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn right labrum.

The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., was a debridement procedure to remove debris and damaged tissue in the shoulder joint.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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