Homecoming official with introduction of new trio

Florida natives Morse, Latos, Gordon excited to be teammates on Marlins

Homecoming official with introduction of new trio

MIAMI -- Sunshine State pride was overflowing at Marlins Park on Friday afternoon during an introductory news conference for Florida natives Michael Morse, Mat Latos and Dee Gordon.

"Talk about Christmas coming early," Miami general manager Dan Jennings said. "This is a great Florida trifecta here. It made us smile as we were putting this together."

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Miami mixes it up with deal for Prado, Phelps

Miami mixes it up with deal for Prado, Phelps

MIAMI -- One of the more hectic offseasons in Marlins' recent history got a little busier on Friday afternoon when the club announced it acquired infielder Martin Prado, right-hander David Phelps and cash considerations from the Yankees in a five-player deal.

First baseman Garrett Jones, right-hander Nathan Eovaldi and pitching prospect Domingo German will be heading to New York as part of the fifth trade Miami has completed since Thanksgiving.

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McGehee: Miami ready to face high expectations

Marlins playoff-ready with additions of Morse, Latos, Gordon

McGehee: Miami ready to face high expectations

MIAMI -- As an organization, step one for the Marlins was assembling the necessary parts to make the team a contender. The front office believes it has done so with the additions of slugger Michael Morse, frontline starter Mat Latos and speedster Dee Gordon.

Step two falls into the hands of those in uniform: manager Mike Redmond, his coaching staff and the players. Third baseman Casey McGehee says the challenge now is living up to expectations.

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Morse, Marlins finalize 2-year, $16 million deal

Morse, Marlins finalize 2-year, $16 million deal

MIAMI -- The Marlins' power play is now completed. The club on Wednesday announced the signing of free agent Michael Morse, who will take over at first base while providing additional pop to the middle of the lineup.

Morse, who reached an agreement with the team on Tuesday, becomes an imposing figure to bat cleanup behind Giancarlo Stanton, the National League home run champion.

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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.

Latos embraces homecoming with Marlins

Newly acquired South Florida native hopes to help Miami to return to prominence

Latos embraces homecoming with Marlins

MIAMI -- Mat Latos' playing career is coming full circle. The 27-year-old, who grew up a Marlins fan and played high school and college ball in South Florida, is now looking to help take his hometown big league team to the next level.

At age 5 in 1993, Latos attended the Marlins' inaugural game. And growing up, he regularly rooted on the club at Sun Life Stadium. So when the right-hander learned he was acquired from the Reds at the Winter Meetings last Thursday, he embraced the opportunity to go home.

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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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Richard Justice

Marlins full of intrigue after roster reshaping

Marlins full of intrigue after roster reshaping

Michael Morse does two things for the Miami Marlins, both significant. First, he continues the momentum that began with the signing of Giancarlo Stanton. Second, Morse adds to a team that already looked capable of contending for a postseason berth in 2015.

At the time of the Stanton signing, the Marlins promised there would be more to come, that they intended to upgrade the talent level up and down the roster. That they have done, first with the trades for Dee Gordon, Dan Haren and Mat Latos and now with Morse agreeing to a two-year deal.

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Marlins turning attention to further moves

Finding power bat remains on to-do list, as does addressing overstocked rotation

Marlins turning attention to further moves

MIAMI -- At the Winter Meetings, the Marlins came away with a second baseman, a couple of starters and plenty of answers about how the roster will shape up heading into Spring Training.

Over four days in San Diego, the front office covered a lot of ground and enriched their chances to challenge in the National League East. But more work still needs to be done, like finding a power bat while sorting out the rotation.

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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.

Busy offseason has expectations rising for Marlins

Busy offseason has expectations rising for Marlins

MIAMI -- A taste of winning in 2014 has the Marlins hungry for more. So much so that the organization has made a series of bold moves that have converted the club into a contender in the National League East.

The drive to rapidly improve comes two years after the organization labored through a 62-100 record as well as a public perception problem in 2013.

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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.

Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

Miami receives Minors righty Stem in deal for outfielder, who might be designated by LA

Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers sent Minor League right-handed pitcher Craig Stem to the Marlins on Monday to complete the trade that brought them outfielder Kyle Jensen.

Stem, who turns 25 next month, was a 15th-round Draft pick in 2011. He split time between Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in '14, struggling to an 0-3 mark and 8.06 ERA after his promotion.

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Rising Marlins make most of trip to swap meet

Winter Meetings end with Miami using trades to address rotation, second base

Rising Marlins make most of trip to swap meet

SAN DIEGO -- After four eventful days at the Winter Meetings, the pieces are starting to fall into place for the Marlins. Now that the dust has settled, the organization is optimistic that it's moving closer to contending in the National League East.

Granted, games aren't won in December, but the Marlins clearly are exiting MLB's biggest offseason showcase riding the momentum of three trades that covered all but one significant need.

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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.

Marlins land Latos as rotation gets more seasoning

Miami acquires front-line righty with postseason experience; Jennings dealt for Rienzo

Marlins land Latos as rotation gets more seasoning

SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins remained relatively quiet the first couple days at the Winter Meetings, but they went out with a bang, consummating two trades on Thursday that reeled in some needed pitching depth.

The biggest impact move was reaching a deal for Mat Latos, a proven top-of-the-rotation right-hander with postseason experience. Miami also acquired righty Andre Rienzo from the White Sox.

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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.

Dee-lighted! Gordon embraces trade to Miami

Excited that family can watch him play, Florida native ready to join 'team on the rise'

Dee-lighted! Gordon embraces trade to Miami

SAN DIEGO -- In the offseason, Dee Gordon still lives five minutes from his parents' house in central Florida, dropping in for breakfast every morning before heading to his workout. He was born in Windermere, Fla., and played his high school ball in Avon Park.

Now, the speedy 26-year-old second baseman -- baseball's reigning stolen-base king -- is headed back to his home state.

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Mike Bauman

Marlins build on momentum of Stanton contract

Acquisitions of All-Star Gordon and starter Latos show team ready to compete

Marlins build on momentum of Stanton contract

SAN DIEGO -- A genuinely optimistic outlook for the Miami Marlins became even more positive at the Winter Meetings this week.

The Marlins, who turned a corner with the 13-year, $325 million contract for the massively talented Giancarlo Stanton, retained their momentum at the Meetings.

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

Marlins Park set to host BYU-Memphis bowl game

Marlins Park set to host BYU-Memphis bowl game

MIAMI -- When the BYU and Memphis football programs fly into South Florida next week, most players will see get their first glimpses of world-famous beaches. The cold weather in Utah and Tennessee will be left behind for mild temperatures, light breezes and palm trees.

The Cougars (8-4) and Tigers (9-3) will compete on the gridiron for the first time in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl, which will take place at Marlins Park at 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 22.

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

Marlins add reliever, lose slugger Canha in Rule 5 Draft

Lefty McKirahan will get chance to make Miami roster out of Spring Training

Marlins add reliever, lose slugger Canha in Rule 5 Draft

SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins selected left-handed pitcher Andrew McKirahan from the Chicago Cubs in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. The 24-year-old reliever will be given a chance to make the big league roster out of Spring Training.

Because the Marlins had two empty spaces on their 40-man roster, they were allowed to make as many as two selections for $50,000 each, but they passed in the second round. McKirahan will have to stay on the Marlins' Major League roster all of next season or be offered back to the Cubs for $25,000.

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Marlins manager Redmond addresses reaching next level

Marlins manager Redmond addresses reaching next level

SAN DIEGO -- Marlins manager Mike Redmond stepped into a tough spot when he took over a rebuilding, youthful squad in 2013. The former big league catcher embraced the challenge, but like his players, he endured more than his share of growing pains in a 100-loss season.

Two years later, Redmond now is directing a vastly improved club that suddenly has playoff aspirations. The Marlins improved by 15 games in 2014, and they're banking on taking the next step in '15.

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Lyle Spencer

Gordon's electric play will bring jolt to Miami's lineup

Newest member of Marlins provides perfect complement to Stanton's power

Gordon's electric play will bring jolt to Miami's lineup

SAN DIEGO -- Thunder and lightning in human form are about to hit Miami from April through September, with a chance of even more explosive activity in October.

Dee Gordon, with his thrilling, game-breaking speed, is joining the Marlins to reshape the lineup and crank up the electricity in the wake of a blockbuster Winter Meetings swap that rocked both coasts on Wednesday.

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Quick thinking: Miami adds speedy Gordon in 7-player deal

Marlins also get Haren -- who might retire -- and Rojas for Heaney, Hernandez, Hatcher, Barnes

Quick thinking: Miami adds speedy Gordon in 7-player deal

SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins are hopeful of being in the playoff race, and they've enhanced their chances by acquiring one of the fastest players in the game.

As part of a blockbuster trade on Wednesday, Miami acquired stolen-base champion Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and cash considerations from the Dodgers for four players, including top prospect Andrew Heaney.

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Jim Callis

Marlins' Freeman honored as West Coast Scout of the Year

Marlins' Freeman honored as West Coast Scout of the Year

SAN DIEGO -- Mike Brito didn't know it at the time, but striking out in the ninth inning with the bases loaded would launch a productive Major League scouting career.

Brito was playing semipro ball in 1976 in Los Angeles when he faced Bobby Castillo, recently released by the Royals. Brito was so impressed when Castillo fooled him with a screwball that he hooked him up with a Mexican League club. When Castillo excelled there, the Dodgers took note and offered Brito a scouting job -- provided he could land Castillo for them.

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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.

Marlins counting on Crow as a starter?

Miami will have newly acquired reliever stretch out for potential rotation job this spring

Marlins counting on Crow as a starter?

SAN DIEGO -- With or without adding a front-line starting pitcher, the Marlins are preparing Aaron Crow to start. The club has already informed the 28-year-old about its intentions when Spring Training opens in February.

Acquired from the Royals on Nov. 28, Crow has been a reliever since his big league debut in 2011.

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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.

Narveson, 7 others sign Minors contracts with Marlins

Solano, Brignac, Gillespie, Wilson, Reid, Chaffee, Urckfitz invited to Spring Training

Narveson, 7 others sign Minors contracts with Marlins

SAN DIEGO -- Seeking as much left-handed pitching depth as possible, the Marlins have signed Chris Narveson to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

The team on Tuesday announced eight non-roster invitees, with the list also including catcher Jhonatan Solano and utility infielder Reid Brignac.

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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.

Redmond tears Achilles tendon playing tennis

Redmond tears Achilles tendon playing tennis

SAN DIEGO -- In 13 years as a big league catcher, Mike Redmond played through pain, withstood a handful of jarring collisions and avoided significant surgery. This offseason hasn't been as kind.

The Marlins' manager showed up at the Winter Meetings sporting a walking boot on his right foot, the result of a torn Achilles tendon he sustained while playing tennis. Surgery is set for Friday.

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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.

Reds may listen to Aroldis offers; Miami an option?

With Marlins seeking pitching, flamethrower lives in South Florida; Cincy looking to shift payroll

Reds may listen to Aroldis offers; Miami an option?

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds appear willing to listen to trade proposals for All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, a source told MLB.com on Tuesday.

If available, Chapman could draw considerable interest on the market. A possible destination could be the Marlins, who are seeking pitching. However, there's been no serious discussion with any specific teams.

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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. Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins try to fill one void without creating another

While looking to add pitcher, power bat, other teams have asked about key cogs on roster

Marlins try to fill one void without creating another

SAN DIEGO -- If something makes sense, the Marlins will listen, but the club's clear mission is to add a frontline starting pitcher and a power bat while avoiding major subtractions off their big league roster.

Miami is exploring numerous trade scenarios and a few free-agent options, but not at the expense of creating a weakness in another part of its roster.

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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.

Hitting lesson with Stanton part of charity auction

Funds will be donated to LUNGevity, a national lung cancer-focused nonprofit

Hitting lesson with Stanton part of charity auction

SAN DIEGO -- Giancarlo Stanton's impact on the field is often measured by some mammoth-sized home runs. How the Marlins' two-time All-Star right fielder gets himself ready to hit is now being used to make an impact for a good cause.

The Marlins have placed up for bidding a hitting lesson with Stanton that is part of an MLB.com Auction to raise money for LUNGevity, which is the United States' largest national lung cancer-focused nonprofit. Miami put two items up for bid, with the second being an opportunity to be a Bat Boy for a Day.

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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.

Brantly claimed off waivers by White Sox

Catcher's departure from 40-man roster gives Marlins option of selecting in Rule 5 Draft

Brantly claimed off waivers by White Sox

SAN DIEGO -- Rob Brantly, the Marlins' Opening Day catcher in 2013, was claimed off waivers by the White Sox on Monday. The 25-year-old spent this past season catching at Triple-A New Orleans, but the club also was experimenting with him at other positions.

The transaction sets the Marlins' 40-man roster at 39, and the club can now participate in the Major League phase of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

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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.

Hill: Jeter visit to Marlins Park a 'pleasant surprise'

Hill: Jeter visit to Marlins Park a 'pleasant surprise'

MIAMI -- Derek Jeter's tour of Marlins Park on Monday has drawn speculation that the recently retired Yankees great is positioning himself to eventually own a ballclub, perhaps the Marlins.

During a conference call on Friday in advance of the Winter Meetings, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill was asked about the Jeter visit.

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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.

Overseas trip to visit troops still resonates for Marlins executive

Senior VP of marketing Flynn reflects on 2011 visit as team embarks on new trip Saturday

Overseas trip to visit troops still resonates for Marlins executive

MIAMI -- Supporting the troops is more than just a slogan for Sean Flynn. It has a deeper personal meaning for the Marlins' senior vice president of marketing.

As an organization, the Marlins have a long history of reaching out to those in the armed forces. They do more than just talk the talk. Since 2010, the club has sent players and team employees overseas to visit those serving their country.

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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.

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

Duke's Matuella, 2014 top pick Aiken follow Florida high school infielder on Top 50 list

Prep shortstop Rodgers leads 2015 Draft class

For the second time in their history, the Arizona Diamondbacks own the top pick in the First-Year Player Draft. The first time that happened, in 2005, they took a high school shortstop with a potent bat.

Ten years after grabbing Justin Upton, the D-backs could follow a similar path. Lake Mary (Fla.) High School shortstop Brendan Rodgers sits atop MLBPipeline.com's initial Draft Top 50 rankings, thanks to his three plus tools (bat, power, arm) complemented by two solid ones (speed, defense). Unlike Upton, who immediately moved to the outfield as a professional, Rodgers should remain at shortstop.

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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.