Brignac joins group of Marlins' non-roster invitees

Brignac joins group of Marlins' non-roster invitees

MIAMI -- As the Marlins continue their search for impact pieces for their big league roster, the club has been adding some experienced players via Minor League deals.

Reid Brignac, a seasoned utility player, will get an opportunity to hook up with Miami as a non-roster invitee.

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'Very busy' Sheffield on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

Agent, analyst has opportunity to cement legacy in Cooperstown

'Very busy' Sheffield on Hall of Fame ballot for first time

Gary Sheffield isn't about to sit back and think about his legacy in retirement. He's showing no inclination to sit back at all.

Sheffield's a player agent with a reliever on the market in Jason Grilli. He was a studio analyst for TBS' coverage of MLB postseason games. He's the driving figure behind a multimillion-dollar project to build a baseball complex for youth teams and a potential Spring Training site in Pasco County, not far from his hometown of St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Five things to watch leading up to Winter Meetings

Five things to watch leading up to Winter Meetings

MIAMI -- Their cornerstone is in place, and their ace pitcher is on the mend. As important as it was to sign Giancarlo Stanton long term, and as encouraging as Jose Fernandez's rehab is going, these next few weeks may well determine the Marlins' overall offseason success.

The club still is dealing with payroll limitations and tough decisions on how to round out its roster. Yet, there is overall optimism, knowing that Stanton will be around for years to come and Fernandez is on pace to return around midseason.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marlins to visit troops in Southwest Asia

Representatives from club will travel to Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates

Marlins to visit troops in Southwest Asia

MIAMI -- The Marlins once again are reaching out to support those who serve in the United States military. Representatives from the organization will visit troops stationed in Southwest Asia next month.

Reliever Chris Hatcher, first baseman Justin Bour and former Marlin/television analyst Preston Wilson are among the contingent scheduled to meet with the troops from Dec. 6-13.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Samson: 'Great hope' for Marlins after Stanton deal

Samson: 'Great hope' for Marlins after Stanton deal

MIAMI -- A buzz is building around Marlins Park since the record-setting signing of Giancarlo Stanton on Wednesday. As the story remains hot on the news cycle, the organization is looking to ride the momentum.

"Our sales people are very excited, because our phones are being picked up more often," team president David Samson said on Friday. "Our incoming calls and outgoing calls are happening easier. We don't sell wins and losses, we sell hope. And there is great hope for this team, and we have high expectations."

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Willingham opts to retire after 11-year career

Outfielder, 35, who played for five teams, finishes with .253 average, 195 homers

Willingham opts to retire after 11-year career

Outfielder Josh Willingham is reportedly retiring after 11 Major League seasons split among five clubs.

ESPN.com first reported the news on Monday. Willingham, 35, split time last year between the Twins and Royals, batting .215 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs in 92 games.

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Stanton sold on Miami, market and Marlins' potential

Star slugger hopes megadeal will fuel extended success, close relationship with fan base

Stanton sold on Miami, market and Marlins' potential

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton has made a long-term commitment to the Marlins and the city of Miami, and the slugger hopes to eventually see the market embrace the organization that has ranked low in the standings and at the gate since he made his debut in 2010.

After signing his record-setting 13-year, $325 million contract on Wednesday, Stanton expressed his desire to remain in Miami, rather than eventually exploring free agency in two years.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Nicolino among five to join Marlins' 40-man roster

Move protects prospects from Rule 5 Draft; Seattle claims lefty Olmos

Nicolino among five to join Marlins' 40-man roster

MIAMI -- Justin Nicolino, the Marlins' organizational Pitcher of the Year in 2014, was among five players added to Miami's 40-man roster on Thursday afternoon.

Ranked fourth on the Marlins' top prospects list, Nicolino went 14-4 with a 2.85 ERA for Double-A Jacksonville, which won the Southern League championship.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stanton, Marlins begin commitment to each other

Slugger officially signs $325 million contract with Miami

Stanton, Marlins begin commitment to each other

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton has put up the power numbers, and he collected his share of hardware this offseason. The two-time All-Star is now ready to embrace his responsibility as the face of the Marlins.

The Marlins on Wednesday officially announced the signing of Stanton to a record-setting 13-year, $325 million contract that includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out provision after the sixth season. More than the money, Stanton said he is ready to do his part in establishing a winning culture in Miami.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stanton to help Marlins recruit free agents to Miami

After signing slugger to record deal, club is seeking additional players

Stanton to help Marlins recruit free agents to Miami

MIAMI -- Not only is Giancarlo Stanton a two-time All-Star, a National League home run champion and a Silver Slugger Award winner, but the Marlins intend on using the new face of their franchise as a recruiter for potential free agents.

The organization has pledged to build around its 25-year-old sensation, who signed a record-setting 13-year, $325 million contract on Wednesday. The slugger may also get involved in talking the organization up to those interested in relocating to South Florida.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Phil Rogers

Stanton ready to assume role as face of Marlins

Stanton ready to assume role as face of Marlins

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton was smiling on Wednesday morning as he sat alongside Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to announce the biggest contract in the history of American sports. But he hardly wore the look of somebody who had beat the system.

The 13-year, $325 million deal is intriguing -- both for the numbers in it and, especially, the implications they carry. But there's one simple message that Stanton hopes won't get overlooked.

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Stanton's new deal also good for teammates

Stanton's new deal also good for teammates

MIAMI -- Signing Giancarlo Stanton long term finally effectively puts to rest endless speculation that the slugger will eventually be traded.

Although the Marlins repeatedly stated they never intended to move their two-time All-Star, with or without a multiyear contract, the rumors persisted. Had they continued, it could have been disruptive to the rest of Miami's players.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marlins aim to surround Stanton with talent

Miami interested in adding front-line starter, middle-of-the-order bat

Marlins aim to surround Stanton with talent

MIAMI -- Signing Giancarlo Stanton was the Marlins' main objective, and the club can now check that off its offseason priority list. After reaching agreement on a 13-year, $325 million deal on Monday, the two-time All-Star right fielder is scheduled to meet with the media on Wednesday at an 11 a.m. ET news conference.

With Stanton now as their long-term centerpiece, the Marlins' next order of business is surrounding the slugger with a playoff-caliber roster. The quest for a front-line starting pitcher and a middle-of-the-order bat is about to begin.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marlins announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

Marlins announce 2015 Spring Training schedule

The Marlins will open their 13th Spring Training season at Roger Dean Stadium on March 2, and the club will play a total of 19 games at its complex in Jupiter, Fla.

The schedule opens with an exhibition against Florida International University on March 2 and a game against the University of Miami on March 3 before the start of Grapefruit League play.

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Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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MLB.com Columnist

Richard Justice

Stanton deal another step in right direction for Marlins

Stanton deal another step in right direction for Marlins

The Miami Marlins were a joy to watch last summer. All those kids busting their tails, having the time of their lives. All those kids figuring things out, day by day. Even after their young ace, Jose Fernandez, blew out his right elbow, the Marlins kept going, winning more than almost anyone thought possible.

And that's where we begin the conversation for 2015.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Big fish: Stanton deal shows Marlins mean business

Locking up slugger reveals Miami's commitment to build for long haul

Big fish: Stanton deal shows Marlins mean business

Giancarlo Stanton trusts the Marlins. Maybe you should too.

Two years after being shocked by his team tearing down the core of the supposed contender it had built to move into Marlins Park, Stanton is committing at least the next six years -- including four years when he could have had his pick of any team in baseball -- to stick with Jeffrey Loria, David Samson, Mike Hill, Dan Jennings, Mike Redmond and his teammates on the Marlins' surprisingly competitive 2014 team.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marlins deal Minor League outfielder to Dodgers

MIAMI -- The Marlins on Monday night traded Minor League outfielder Kyle Jensen to the Dodgers for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Jensen, who has 128 career home runs in 705 career Minor League games, spent last season at Triple-A New Orleans. A 12th-round Draft pick in 2009, he batted .260 with 27 homers and 92 RBIs in 2014.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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After monster year, Stanton second in NL MVP Award voting

Marlins slugger finishes behind Kershaw, ahead of 2013 winner McCutchen

After monster year, Stanton second in NL MVP Award voting

In a game starved for offense more than ever, Giancarlo Stanton's unmatched power has put him among the game's elite. Thursday night's National League MVP Award voting proved that, but it also reinforced the dominant state of pitching throughout the Majors.

Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was named the NL MVP Award winner by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, adding to his collection of hardware that includes three of the last four NL Cy Young Award trophies. Stanton finished second, with 298 points to Kershaw's 355.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

A team-by-team breakdown of who impressed and how each club's top player fared

Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. The AFL has produced 212 All-Stars, including 35 in this year's Midsummer Classic, 25 Rookies of the Year, 13 MVPs and five Cy Young Award winners.

Based on the quality of the talent in the AFL this year, more big leaguers and stars are on the way. The league wrapped up its 23rd season on Saturday, with the Salt River Rafters outlasting the Peoria Javelinas, 14-7, for their fourth title and first since 2011.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Hernandez sustains abdominal strain in winter ball

Infielder to be examined by Marlins team physicians next week

Hernandez sustains abdominal strain in winter ball

MIAMI -- Enrique Hernandez, a candidate for the Marlins' second-base job, has suffered a lower abdominal strain that will likely keep him out for the remainder of the Puerto Rican Winter League season.

Hernandez, playing for Gigantes de Carolina in Puerto Rico, experienced discomfort during a morning workout on Tuesday. The 23-year-old underwent an MRI, and for now, rest has been recommended.

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Redmond garners first-place vote for top NL manager

Marlins' skipper finishes fifth on ballot after helping club make major strides in 2014

Redmond garners first-place vote for top NL manager

MIAMI -- Guiding a club to a 15-game improvement didn't go completely unnoticed for Mike Redmond. Although the Marlins manager wasn't one of three finalists for the National League Manager of the Year, he did finish fifth overall and even claimed one first-place vote.

Matt Williams, who led the Nationals to the NL East title in his first season at the helm, was named the winner of the Manager of the Year Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) on Tuesday night. The announcement came on MLB Network.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Marlins' Bohn highlights tie game with wild homer

Marlins' Bohn highlights tie game with wild homer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Justin Bohn could still be running. Salt River's shortstop hit an uncommon home run on Tuesday, when he took advantage of an outfielder's mistake and just kept going.

Bohn drilled a ball into the right-field corner in the seventh inning of his team's 4-4 tie against Peoria on Tuesday, and outfielder Kes Carter fell over the low wall in front of the bullpen while in pursuit. The ball kept going into the corner, and Bohn raced around with an inside-the-park home run.

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Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lights-out DeSclafani earns AFL Pitcher of Week nod

Marlins prospect tosses 10 scoreless innings, strikes out seven in two starts

Lights-out DeSclafani earns AFL Pitcher of Week nod

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Anthony DeSclafani has had a taste of the Major Leagues, and it is something he never wants to forget. The right-hander pitched in 13 games (five starts) for the Marlins in 2014, compiling a 2-2 record, and he was sent to the Arizona Fall League to build up stamina and refine some of his pitches.

In the AFL, DeSclafani has put his nose to the grindstone and is doing the work he hopes will allow him to return to where he wants to be in 2015. In fact, the 24-year-old had a big Week 5 in the six-week Fall League season for the Salt River Rafters, and he was selected as the Pitcher of the Week.

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Don Ketchum is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Miami open to upgrades in any area at GM Meetings

Marlins already in talks with Stanton, willing to spend on rotation, infield

Miami open to upgrades in any area at GM Meetings

MIAMI -- Aside from acknowledging negotiations are underway with Giancarlo Stanton regarding a possible contract extension and exercising Jeff Mathis' club option, it has been a relatively quiet offseason so far for the Marlins. Things are about to heat up.

The start of the General Managers Meetings on Monday in Phoenix essentially launches the Hot Stove season, and Miami officials will spend the week exploring possible trade and free-agent options.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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McGehee wins NL Comeback Player of the Year

Third baseman sparked Miami's offense after playing in Japan in 2013

McGehee wins NL Comeback Player of the Year

MIAMI -- It was certainly a long road back to the big leagues for Casey McGehee, and on Friday, the Marlins' third baseman was recognized for it.

McGehee was named by Major League Baseball as the winner of the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award. The 32-year-old, who spent 2013 playing in Japan, was one of Miami's leaders and most productive players.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stanton wins first Silver Slugger Award

Marlins right fielder led the National League in homers, slugging percentage in 2014

Stanton wins first Silver Slugger Award

MIAMI -- When it comes to pure power, Giancarlo Stanton finds himself in a league of his own.

After pacing the National League in home runs and slugging percentage, it was no surprise that Stanton won his first Silver Slugger Award. The announcement came on Thursday night, and the Miami right fielder joined Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen and Atlanta's Justin Upton as the NL outfielders to receive the honor.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fernandez progressing; Marlins seek starting pitchers

Club hopes to have ace right-hander back near the All-Star break

Fernandez progressing; Marlins seek starting pitchers

MIAMI -- All signs indicate Jose Fernandez is on schedule to return to the Marlins sometime around midseason in 2015. Until the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner is back, the organization is weighing its rotation options for next season.

At the General Managers Meetings in Phoenix next week, Miami is expected to inquire about starting pitchers available on the free-agent market, as well as trade possibilities.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Yelich first Marlins outfielder to win Gold Glove

Yelich first Marlins outfielder to win Gold Glove

MIAMI -- In the eyes of many, Christian Yelich has the potential to become a batting champion. But don't discount his defense.

Yelich, 22, on Tuesday night became the first outfielder in Marlins history to win a Rawlings Gold Glove Award, tabbed the top left fielder in the National League.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Stanton, McGehee take home Players Choice Awards

Stanton, McGehee take home Players Choice Awards

MIAMI -- Their peers have spoken, and a couple of Marlins have received prestigious Players Choice Awards. Giancarlo Stanton was tabbed as the National League's Outstanding Player, while Casey McGehee was honored as the NL's Comeback Player.

The results were announced Monday night on MLB Network. For both Stanton and McGehee, the Players Choice Awards represent some more postseason hardware that the two collected.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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