Marlins eye market as Jansen decision looms

Closer considering offer from Miami, in addition to other clubs

Marlins eye market as Jansen decision looms

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Winter Meetings have concluded, but the Marlins' pursuit of closer Kenley Jansen continues. As of Thursday morning, nothing was imminent with regard to the hard-throwing right-hander signing with Miami, as the negotiation process moves forward.

MLB.com has confirmed reports that the Marlins have an offer of five years, in the $80 million range, on the table for Jansen. However, the 29-year-old also is in discussions with the Dodgers and Nationals, and perhaps other clubs.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins happy to have added depth at Meetings

Marlins happy to have added depth at Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- From the moment they arrived on Sunday, the Marlins approached the Winter Meetings with a single-minded focus. They were determined to always be closing.

By the time they exited on Thursday, they were successful in closing deals on left-hander Jeff Locke, backup catcher A.J. Ellis and reliever Dustin McGowan. What they have yet to accomplish is solidifying the back end of their bullpen.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins agree to deals with Locke, Ellis and McGowan

Marlins agree to deals with Locke, Ellis and McGowan

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Still in the mix for a high-priced closer, the Marlins on Wednesday accomplished some lower-profile needs and addressed three areas.

Miami came to terms with left-hander Jeff Locke, right-handed reliever Dustin McGowan and backup catcher A.J. Ellis on one-year deals, pending physicals. The moves have yet to be officially announced, keeping the 40-man roster at 37 heading into Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton, Ozuna may switch corners in outfield

Mattingly will consider defensive metrics to determine whether to make a move

Stanton, Ozuna may switch corners in outfield

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna could be on the move. No, neither is being discussed in trade talks, but the Marlins are considering switching their outfield spots.

During his media session at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly talked about Stanton and Ozuna flip-flopping, with Stanton moving from right to left and Ozuna left to right.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Winter Meetings interview with Don Mattingly

Q. Don, can you tell us about retraining the core, what do you expect a year together and your second year with these guys?
DON MATTINGLY: I think I will go back to the beginning, coming to Miami. One of the things that made this club so intriguing was that core group of young players that you felt like we could afford to keep together for a few years. That window doesn't get to be five or six, it's always a few years. We possibly can't keep doing that.

But with that intrigue is the fact that with a young core like that you should be able to allow your minor league system to grow up and hopefully get to a point where you can continue to replace and replenish without going outside and search. It's one of the big things about this core group. We love the talent, we love who the people are and we feel like these guys dare and want to get better.

We hope that last year's experience of, you know, walking through a pennant race, going through that, we weren't able to sustain. I was talking about it just a few minutes ago.

After the first road trip of the second half, we were nine games over, if we just played 500 baseball the rest of the way we get a shot to be in the party. We weren't able to sustain that, whatever the reasons were, injuries, mentally wearing down. We just weren't that club the second half.

But I also have watched Kansas City, who ends up winning a world championship, watched Cleveland and those young guys growing up and be in the same situation where a couple of years ago Kansas City stayed in the race, stayed in the race and then faded. Cleveland the same way for a couple of years, stay in the race, stay in the race and fade. You hope that experience helps you as you move into the next season. And if we can add pieces and create depth then we have a better chance of sustaining and being ready for that final push.

Q. You feel you're close?
DON MATTINGLY: In my mind, yes. Close. What happens to us -- things are going to have to still fall our way. We need to be able to stay healthy. That's why we as we sit in our rooms and talk over the winter, you talk about trying to create depth in your system, trying to create depth with your players so you can sustain injuries. And that's one of the things that we worry about.

Obviously I think without having to wait for a question, the loss of Jose puts us in a different spot because we've lost one of the best pitchers in the game and we're not going to be able to replace that.

Along with that we have to be creative in the sense of creating a better pen that can shorten games and things like that. That's easier said than done because if you start thinking about trying to throwing that many innings over 162, playoffs are different because you can do it for short bursts because you have off days and things like that. But 162 puts in you a different situation.

So you have to create your pen in a way that you have multiple inning guys out there, guys that bounce back, have some flexibility with options that you can replenish your bullpen through the course of the season and keep it strong and healthy. Those are the challenges that we have to move to the next step.

Q. With Jose's loss, mentally what do you think those guys that are so tight with him and he pulled a lot of guys even closer, how do you think mentally the team will handle that?
DON MATTINGLY: I think we'll handle that fine. I obviously don't know, we each individually deal with the situation in our own way. I think the strength at the end of the season with what happened, these guys did bond together even more than we've seen in the past and it's a group that we felt like got along and were after the right things.

That seemed to make it even closer, but I don't think we can count on that to move us forward. I think we're going to have to go out and perform and do the things you have to do to win games.

Q. More so this year than last year, you're more involved in the decisions upstairs, we heard. Can you talk about that more, what's been your involvement?
DON MATTINGLY: I think another great thing about coming to Miami has been wanting your input, myself and Tim Wallach. Tim is here also. You get a chance to have input and also have a chance to -- we know our guys as far as scouts and people that work in the front office and in our minor league system, how do we mold all of us together. That's really the -- when I envisioned coming in is not only a really good Major League team but building a group of people that you love working with that we're talking about our minor league system, how we want our guys to grow up, how to play the game and what we are expecting at the minor league levels. It allows us all to be on the same page.

I think as much as anything it's better communication and knowing guys better that we can all express our opinions and be able to talk in a way that's circular. It's not about the guys on the minor league side or development is one thing, it's not about Michael Hill and guys up here. For us it has to be one fluid organization, where we know we're counting on Marc Delpiano to build our system along with a lot of good people.

Those are the things that we are able to talk about and be able to have input back and forth in those situations.

Q. You managed both Jansen and A.J. Ellis. Have you made any recruiting calls at all?
DON MATTINGLY: I've spoken with both guys, but from there that's all it is, just -- I'm kind of out of the Michael Hill level of talks, because those talks are in a different spot. But I think as we identify in our meetings what's important to us with those roles, if you're talking about an A.J. Ellis or anyone else that's in that role it's a back-up role to J.T. It's there as a support for J.T., it's about buying into our system of how we're trying to prepare to win games.

We've talked about that role, tried to identify a number of guys that we think fit into that role. A.J. is one of those guys. Now, does it work out for us? Not sure, because of our budget restraints, where we are at with that, it's kind of between Michael -- but we talk about those things.

The same with Kenley, obviously a whole different level of, you know, financials there. So that's definitely above what I do, but I have had contact with those guys and just to make sure -- see if they have any interest because some guys may say, I don't want to play in Miami, I want to stay on the West Coast. So you would like to find a level of interest so you're not wasting your time talking about guys that really don't want to play in Miami and we want guys that want to be there.

Q. Did you try to sell them on the program or the team?
DON MATTINGLY: No, not trying to sell 'em. These guys -- players pay attention. They know we got a good, young club. There aren't too many people you talk to in baseball, they know we have a good club and we're close with that core group of players that we have a chance to be a really good club. So you don't have to sell them on that.

I think you're hoping the guys that you know with A.J. or Kenley, they understand what you do and so you know them, there is a comfort level there with that from that respect.

Q. What do you attribute Fernando Rodney's struggles to last year?
DON MATTINGLY: I wish I could answer that. Obviously his first half was over the top and he wasn't as good with us. There were times that he was good. Fernando was a great guy in the clubhouse, we had no issues with Fernando, it just didn't work out very well as far as the performance. Trying to figure that out is always tough with relievers, year-to-year or weeks to weeks, first half, second half, usage, age, all the different factors in there. But for me to answer I would be really guessing.

Q. Last September, when you were on the brink of going into last month of the season, I remember talking with you and you said you were going to find out what the club was made of because at that point you were right there. What did you see happening in the last month that contributed to how you finished?
DON MATTINGLY: I think part of it was, again, without making any excuses, going into that month we had lost Adam Conley, we had lost Wei Chen, Giancarlo was not there. Justin Bour was coming back but after almost a couple of months off.

So we did have factors that I think weighed into what was going on. We had to weaken our bullpen by trying to put Phelps in the rotation for a period. So I don't know if we got mentally worn down from playing the important games every day but I look at that as it's part of our process.

When you go into '17, you're hoping that' 16 was a lot of lessons learned. From my standpoint as a player, there are things you go through and sometimes you're so close to it you don't learn your lessons in it while you're in it. But when you go to the off-season and you're able to step back and evaluate your season and you're finally not on the road at the ballpark every day, every day, you start to realize, Hey, I could have did this differently, I should have been here, I got excited here. We still had a long season, we let ourselves get down and there was still plenty of baseball to be played, understanding the length of the season and things like that.

So, again, I'm not sure I would know exactly what happened, but I think we hope that our guys learned a lot of lessons from last season and can we grow from that and go forward. We think we can just because of the character of our guys. But, again, it's going to remain to be seen. We like the character of our players and feel like they have confidence in themselves and we have a chance to move forward.

Q. You said you felt out Kenley's level of interest in your team. How would you describe that interest?
DON MATTINGLY: I don't want to talk about a conversation with Kenley as far as what he feels, but I think the main thing I could say is that he wasn't opposed. He didn't tell me, I'm absolutely going back to the West Coast or I absolutely don't want to play in South Florida. So basically he was open to the idea.

Obviously he's a free agent, he's going to hear from a lot of people and he gets to assess his situation of what he wants to do. My call was to let him know we've talked about him, there was legitimate interest and we just wanted to make sure that he had interest. If there was zero interest then we can go with another plan or whatever that would be and the same with anybody that I've talked to in those regards.

Q. What does he give you? What do you see in him as a closer?
DON MATTINGLY: With Kenley, we're just talking hypotheticals, he's a guy that is just a young, strong guy. This guy, he posts, you get him in the postseason, if you look at his postseason numbers, this guy is incredible. He's a guy that's durable, he's really a guy without a lot of innings on him. If you look at Kenley, he caught until he started pitching so the number of innings that you see on his arm are really the number of innings that he's pitched at the Major League level because he had a short minor league stint.

He's a guy that has shown he's capable of going one plus. Seeing what Dave did with him in the playoffs, able to stretch him out, give him a day off and he's right back out there. He's a guy that showed durability, bounce-back and able to handle any situation.

Q. How do you think Pags will help the offense?
DON MATTINGLY: Pags is a guy that we know is going to be ready. As soon as we made the hire, he's been working since. Watching video on our guys, studying them, assessing that season, start to go make contact with guys. I think he's going to be a guy that's prepared, that will be there from sunup to sundown. He's going to be a grinder with us all year long and guys are going to know that he's going to be in the Fox hole with them. He's going to bring a mentality to our club that we want.

Q. What was your relationship like with him on the Yankees teams in the '80s?
DON MATTINGLY: We were friends and you love playing across the diamond with him and he's a gamer. Obviously he moved on to Minnesota and a lot of different places but over the years continued to have a relationship with him.

When he was doing his scouting service business, we would check in with him. If I had a pitcher, when I was doing the hitting job, if there were guys that I didn't have any information on, I could call him to get information on them, and things like that.

It's a good relationship as far as personal, but that's not why you hire a guy. I know in this business you would like to be comfortable with who you're working with but you really want to hire someone that you think is going to help your club. And you can't be doing the buddy thing if they're not going to be able to produce for you. So we are going to need him to do a great job for us and we think he will.

Q. Last year you had Yeli in center. Was what your plan to keep him out there and Ozuna at left?
DON MATTINGLY: I will talk about Yeli for sure. We talked about him in center. We liked what we've seen with his first step out there, the routes that he took. With our outfield as big as it is, we think that he's got closing speed, that long speed, he's not a quick-quick burst guy out of the box but he is a long speed guy, kind of a -- I will probably mess up the first name, but a Maddox who was with Philadelphia in the '80s. This guy covered ground. He's a long strider. We've got a big outfield and we feel like he fits best there in center field.

Q. Who is in left and right?
DON MATTINGLY: We still talked about that. Obviously right now Giancarlo is a guy that's been comfortable in right. Marcell is a guy that's showed he can play left, center or right. We are digging into the metrics of Giancarlo and Marcell but we look at Giancarlo in right field and Marcell in left.

Q. Move Chi to left essentially?
DON MATTINGLY: We want to put the best club on the field and what's best for each guy and how are we the best team. We are just getting up to speed, I think, with the analytics within our organization. It's grown with Jason Pare, he gives us another dimension of you're trying to position and we're trying to put the right people in the right spots and make sure metrically we are paying attention. With the analytics, there's so much information. We do want to be able to evaluate our guys and that's part of it.

Q. You mentioned having Jason, you were excited having him for a full off-season. What's it been like having him involved in the process this time around?
DON MATTINGLY: It's been great. Jason came on before Spring Training last year and we were hitting him up and I think he was swimming a little bit, what we were asking for and now he's been able to hire people in his department. He's been able to create what he wants. He's a lot more comfortable and he's a bigger part of the process as far as us evaluating players and being looking at players to try to acquire, to trade, any of that stuff, Jason is a part of that. Us trying to get a good analytical look at guys, Jason has been a huge part of that and doing a great job.

Q. You may be pleasantly surprised with your team playing on the free agency with high-end teams like the Yankees?
DON MATTINGLY: You don't complain about anything we want to do, obviously about acquiring players and bringing guys in. From my standpoint we talk about who is the best players, who is the best fit for our team, how do we go about doing that, can we sustain our team. Can we sustain this team now?

We want to be good in '17, '18 and '19 and what we think our core group of guys has enabled us to do is still build that team with a young core group of players. How we go from there, where the payroll goes is kind of out of our hands.

So we do the best we can, make the best decisions on the players and you feel obviously good that we're at least here talking about things and trying to do some things.

Q. When it comes to guys playing or potentially playing in the WBC, do they run that by you or give you a heads up?
DON MATTINGLY: We've got guys, I know Christian is going to play, he wanted to play. I think the tone of the WBC has really changed within the players. Before it was kind of like, oh, you're not ready. It seems like guys really want to play.

I know Realmuto was another guy who was considered, I don't know if they're there or not or making a decision, but he's another guy that wanted to play, that wants to be a part of it.

I think your biggest concern as a manager is they're not getting at-bats. If Christian is there sitting on the bench for two weeks and not getting ABs, he's not ready for the season. So you would like to know that your guys are going to continue to get playing time and be preparing for the season as well. But I definitely think the tone of guys -- the feeling you get is guys want to be a part of it. That's exciting and obviously I think the last WBC I probably watched more closely, it was just really exciting to see it and see it evolve and grow and help grow our game. I think it's been interesting. It's gotten better and better and more and more interest from fans, media, and players as well.

Q. Do you have a preference with Phelps, keep him in the back end or rotation?
DON MATTINGLY: We feel like he can affect more games out of the pen. He gives us -- I don't want to say poor man's, but an Andrew Miller type. He's a guy that can close a game out for you, he can pitch in the eighth, multiple innings. When we put him in the rotation, he was able to give quality innings there. With the way we are, with the loss of Jose and where our rotation is and where we're at, we feel like David is going to best serve us out of the pen. That could still change, injuries, anything that happens. But his flexibility and durability, what he was able to show last year, we thought was best suited for us in the pen.

Q. Obviously we saw in the playoffs the role of the bullpens and the fact that you don't necessarily have that established rotation of guys that you're managing. How do you look at that challenge?
DON MATTINGLY: That's a challenge and I think Tito said it best because everybody gets excited that you're using your closer for three innings and all this other stuff. And Tito was almost like, Don't get too excited because you can't do this for 162.

That being said, the way our rotation looks, we want to build our bullpen with that in mind to be able to have flexibility up there and that's where we will talk about having a number of guys that can throw multiple innings, making sure we have a number of optional guys that we can move back and forth. We feel like our bull pen is one of our strengths.

Our depth, when you start talking about getting into our minor league system with an Austin Brice and Ellington, just a number of guys that we think are really good bull pen arms. Just a number of power arms and guys that can fit into that role is probably our strength. So we want to be flexible so we're not wearing out Phelps, Barraclough, A.J., whoever those guys are. If they don't need to pitch then we need to protect them with other guys. And we've got to be able to go sometimes from the fifth to the seventh and we're going to have to have bridge guys.

So I think you build your bullpen in a way that you can handle all that. And that's not as easy as it sounds because you start asking four or five innings out of your pen every night, a strength to start off with ends up being basically tired and you wear 'em down.

Q. How do you see Ichiro?
DON MATTINGLY: Ichiro I think we look at it as the same role. He was really, really good for us. He's a guy that had a good year offensively. Defensively he gives us protection in three spots in the outfield. He was a good pinch-hitter off the bench, still hitting left-handers better than right so he gives you options with that left-handed pitcher out of the pen. You're not afraid to bring him in if they go left-handed. You're almost saying "thank you". So we will plan on using him the same way.

We felt like our usage with him was better last year, he didn't play as many games. We don't think he is capable -- I shouldn't say capable, that's not a good word for him, but we don't think he's a guy that's out there five or six days a week. We think in a pinch-hit role, he's in a play once or twice a week role, and that's the best way to use him.

Q. What impact did it have with Gordon being out those 80 games? I know Dietrich came in and played overall good at second and what did you see from Dietrich when he came back?
DON MATTINGLY: He gives you a different dimension. Talking about Dietrich, he gives you an on-base kind of metrically player that you like. He gets on base, he walks, he gets hits, he's got a little bit of pop, little power in there, too. So he did a really good job.

We think he got worn down, too, maybe he's best suited playing five days a week instead of seven. Like an every day, every day, every day type of guy.

I thought D, we sustained his loss pretty well with Derek because he was good during that period. And I thought D kind of forced the issue a little bit when he came back, tried to prove to us that he was going to be that same player. I think D, as the season went on, you could see him relax and become himself again. And I think that's what we will ask of D, to just get back to being himself and doing his thing. He doesn't have to carry anybody, doesn't have to do anything special, just be himself.

Q. (No microphone.)
DON MATTINGLY: I know he's traveling a lot, see him everywhere.

Q. Keep up on Instagram?
DON MATTINGLY: Not all the time, but I've noticed a few.

Q. To get him to be what he can be, what do you think you need to do?
DON MATTINGLY: With Big G it's a matter of couple of things. Keeping him on the field, his durability, he's had weird-type injuries, but consistency.

I think last year the one month in there was just a month that seemed like got totally lost and hopefully we can gain more consistency. I think he's a better hitter than what he showed. He still hits 27, you know, one of our top RBI guys without the games played.

But I think there is a better hitter in there with a more consistent approach and what he's doing. I think he should be closer to a .270, .280, less strikeouts and just a tougher out on a daily basis. I think there is more there than what we seen last year. It was just a tough year for him once that injury turned into a -- that was a tough injury for him.

Q. Do you still see a 3-4 with Yelich 3 and G at 4?
DON MATTINGLY: I still like Yelich 3, and I think I talked about it last year, you want to give him a chance to drive in runs by hitting a single. And the emergence of the power with Yeli, hits 20 homers last year, either 98 or 99 RBIs. He's a guy that can drive a run in with a guy on first. So he's turned into an RBI guy, kind of forced in the middle of the line-up. And we still think there is ceiling, there's more to go with Yeli. He just clicked 20, I think there is 30 in there. I don't want to put that pressure on him but I think it's there and I think it's there without having to try to hit him. I think it comes naturally out of his swing and his body as it keeps continuing to get stronger. This kid can really, really hit. So for me he stays in the three-hole.

Q. You saw with Washington last year, Wilson Ramos a lot. How good is he when he's healthy?
DON MATTINGLY: He was really, really good last year, he was a tough out, righties or lefties, he was a tough out. Obviously that was an unfortunate injury for him and I don't know how that bounces back or what the team is trying to do with him but a really good player.

Q. (Inaudible) Japanese pitcher on the market right now?
DON MATTINGLY: Are you talking about --

Q. (No microphone.)
DON MATTINGLY: He's a guy that's been in discussions for us. Along with Tazawa, he's another guy that we identified that we like. It just depends which route we go and what happens. But we've definitely looked at those two guys and they're a part of at least our discussions of how we're trying to build a pen with some not only flexibility, some different styles. We got a lot of power guys, a lot of power young guys where you're trying to find guys that can do some things differently and gives us a little bit of a different look when they come in.

Q. Ozuna was in the All-Star game and has been part of trade speculation. What do you see him and his impact on the club?
DON MATTINGLY: I love Marcell, he plays with a smile on his face and I love that because he comes every day ready to play. A guy that's, you know, excited about playing every day. Whatever we ask, he's wanted to do. I thought Marcell took a step forward in the first half. Second half, for whatever reasons weren't the same.

But we think there's another guy there that's capable of putting those two halves together. With him it's just the growth of pitch selection, what are we swinging at, what are we thinking about up there at the plate offensively. Defensively he was really good. I love Marcell. I think he's a guy -- we gotta score runs. We were one of the last teams in the league in scoring runs. You don't win if you can't score and we've got to be able to score and I think he's a part of that.

Q. Do you think part of that was not having Bour around him?
DON MATTINGLY: No question, but I think we led the league in singles and last in doubles. So we're a club that really has to give -- you hate to say outs, but more productive outs. You've got to be able to move runners, get a guy in from third base, lots of little things that we weren't very good at that are all about scoring runs, base running. There's all kinds of factors that go into that, but all those things for me and for our organization are free.

It's about our prep, our mindset, all those things are free. They don't cost you anything. To be better prepared, to be able to have that mindset that I'm going to move this runner, things like that so that's where we have to get better.
 

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Marlins pitch in for worthy Play Ball auction

Bids for meet and greet with Mattingly, Yelich to benefit charity of late Mets PR executive

Marlins pitch in for worthy Play Ball auction

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- For Marlins manager Don Mattingly, sacrificing a little bit of his time will go a long way for a worthwhile cause.

Mattingly and outfielder Christian Yelich each have agreed to participate in a meet-and-greets with the winning bidders in Major League Baseball's Play Ball Charity Auction.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Anderson on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

Selected by AFL managers and coaches, the team recognizes 24 players who stood out

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The 2016 Arizona Fall League came to an end on Nov. 19, when the Mesa Solar Sox, powered by a two-homer, 4-for-4 performance from Cubs top prospect Ian Happ, defeated the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, in the championship game at Scottsdale Stadium.

Since then, MLBPipeline.com has broken down this year's impressive contingent of Fall League participants in different ways, highlighting the circuit's top performers and breakout prospects and even constructing an All-AFL Team.

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Volquez introduced: 'Marlins were my first choice'

Veteran right-hander officially joins Miami's rotation

Volquez introduced: 'Marlins were my first choice'

MIAMI -- A major piece of the Marlins' pitching puzzle is officially in place. The club announced the signing of Edinson Volquez to a two-year deal on Thursday afternoon.

The 33-year-old reached agreement with Miami on Monday. Now that the physical exam and all the paperwork are finalized, Volquez, who spent the past two seasons with the Royals, helps solidify the Marlins' biggest area of need.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins in market for backup catcher

Mathis reaches two-year deal with D-backs

Marlins in market for backup catcher

MIAMI -- Add backup catcher to the Marlins' shopping list during the Winter Meetings.

Jeff Mathis, who had been with Miami since 2013, reached agreement Friday with the D-backs on a two-year deal, MLB.com has confirmed. The deal is reportedly worth $4 million.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins tender offers to all 6 arb eligibles

Marlins tender offers to all 6 arb eligibles

MIAMI -- To the Marlins, keeping the nucleus together applies to all six of their arbitration-eligible players.

Before Friday's 8 p.m. ET deadline, Miami tendered All-Stars A.J. Ramos and Marcell Ozuna, along with Tom Koehler, David Phelps, Adeiny Hechavarria and infielder Derek Dietrich. The formality came as no surprise.

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Treanor returns to Marlins as bullpen coach

Shine leaves for Minor League coaching job with M's

MIAMI -- The Marlins have a new bullpen coach, but they are losing an unheralded part of their staff.

Dean Treanor, formerly the Triple-A manager in the Pirates' system, is returning to Miami as bullpen coach, while administrative coach Pat Shine is leaving for a Minor League coaching position with the Mariners. The Marlins have not confirmed the moves.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Volquez deal helps Miami add, but retain core

Agreeing with free-agent righty a step in right direction to upgrade roster without subtracting

Volquez deal helps Miami add, but retain core

MIAMI -- Adding pitching without subtracting from their big league roster has been a primary objective for Marlins. The organization moved a step in that direction Thursday when right-hander Edinson Volquez signed a two-year, $22 million contract.

With Volquez set to join their rotation, the Marlins remain in the market for at least one more starter. In terms of the overall roster picture, Miami is also positioned to retain outfielder Marcell Ozuna and the rest of its core position players.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: Marlins' Anderson

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Marlins' Anderson

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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

Marlins, Volquez agree to 2-year deal

Marlins, Volquez agree to 2-year deal

MIAMI -- A week before the start of the Winter Meetings, the Marlins took a major step toward solidifying their rotation by coming to terms on a two-year, $22 million deal with durable free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez.

The deal was first reported by the Miami Herald.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Koehler, Marlins help bring Thanksgiving to local families

Team distributes 1,000 turkeys and dinner fixings at annual event

Koehler, Marlins help bring Thanksgiving to local families

MIAMI -- All the smiles and expressions of gratitude at the annual turkey distribution last Friday at Marlins Park served as a reminder that there is certainly plenty to be thankful for during the holiday season.

Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler and dozens of team employees handed out 1,000 turkeys and dinner fixings so local families in need could enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Could Fister fit in Marlins' rotation?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers fans' questions

Inbox: Could Fister fit in Marlins' rotation?

If no trades are made, can you see Doug Fister being a free-agent fit? He's familiar with the division and could be a low-risk, one-year deal.
-- @DustinLindbom via Twitter

Fister indeed could be a nice fit, and he should be a realistic option. The 32-year-old is coming off a year in which he made 32 starts and logged 180 1/3 innings with the Astros. The Marlins are looking for starters with a track record for compiling innings. Fister just made $7 million in 2016, and I'd expect his price tag to be about $10 million for next season. Andrew Cashner, who the Marlins didn't attempt to sign, just landed with the Rangers for one-year, $10 million, and Fister was more reliable in '16.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins in mix for Dunn, but cost of lefties on rise

Cecil's 4-year, $30.5M deal with Cards could complicate Miami's efforts

Marlins in mix for Dunn, but cost of lefties on rise

MIAMI -- Acquiring starting pitching isn't the only area of need that could become costly for the Marlins. The price tag on free agent left-handed relievers also is on the rise.

The four-year, $30.5 million contract Brett Cecil signed on Monday with the Cardinals has reshaped the market for left-handers, and it could influence whether Mike Dunn returns to Miami.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins' Anderson on MLB Pipeline's All-AFL team

Marlins' Anderson on MLB Pipeline's All-AFL team

The Arizona Fall League's six-week season concluded with Saturday's championship game. And while it can be difficult to evaluate players in such a limited amount of time, especially with frequent roster fluctuations, some performances in the Fall League simply stand out more than others.

Here is a lineup of prospects who impressed in this year's Fall League as MLBPipeline.com's All-AFL Team:

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

Marlins hoping to retain core position players

Marlins hoping to retain core position players

MIAMI -- Barring an offer too enticing to pass up, the Marlins are not looking to trade any core position players to upgrade their rotation. The general feeling is they don't want to weaken one area to improve another.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill repeated that stance on Monday morning during his segment on MLB Network's Hot Stove show.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

14-time All-Star catcher won 7 Silver Sluggers, 13 Gold Gloves

Pudge lands on HOF ballot for first time

ARLINGTON -- The Rangers played in the 1999 Hall of Fame Game in Cooperstown, N.Y., and they were given a private tour of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum the night before.

Ivan Rodriguez remembers the night well.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

Anderson among Fall League's top breakout prospects

Anderson among Fall League's top breakout prospects

The 25th season of the Arizona Fall League is now complete, and the silver anniversary edition of the league was one of the best in terms of top prospects and outstanding performances.

It wasn't just the elite-level prospects and the more known names who stood out, though it was certainly exciting to see the Gleyber Torreses of the world live up to, and exceed, expectations. But every year, the AFL helps the more under-the-radar types put themselves more firmly on the prospect map.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Renteria gets 1st shot on HOF ballot

Posada, Magglio, Wakefield among those seeking enshrinement in 2017

Renteria gets 1st shot on HOF ballot

Soon, members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will cast their ballots for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Among their choices will be returners who fell just shy of the 75-percent threshold in last year's voting, a group that includes Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent), Tim Raines (69.8) and Trevor Hoffman (67.3). There also are a few high-profile newcomers. Vladimir Guerrero was a feared hitter with 449 homers and a National League MVP Award, Ivan Rodriguez is third all-time among catchers in wins above replacement (WAR), and Manny Ramirez hit 555 homers but also was suspended twice for his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nola wins AFL's Stenson Sportsmanship Award

Marlins prospect honored for unselfishness, hard work, leadership with Mesa Solar Sox

Nola wins AFL's Stenson Sportsmanship Award

Just before his Mesa Solar Sox played in the Arizona Fall League championship game Saturday, infielder Austin Nola was named the recipient of the Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to the AFL player who best exemplifies unselfishness, hard work and leadership.

Nola was nominated by Solar Sox manager Ryan Christenson after coming into the Arizona Fall League as a taxi squad player, playing only once a week.

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Trisha Garcia is a sports journalism graduate student at Arizona State University. This story is part of a partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @trishaanicole This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Marlins' Anderson among AFL title game top performers

Marlins' Anderson among AFL title game top performers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Cubs have more quality young hitters than they can squeeze into one lineup, and the logjam is only going to get worse. Ian Happ may be blocked at second base by Javier Baez and in the outfield corners by Kyle Schwarber, Jorge Soler, Jason Heyward and the rising Eloy Jimenez.

But if Happ can continue to translate his tools into performance like he did during Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game, Chicago will have to find room for him. Happ drilled a pair of 400-foot home runs -- one from each side of the plate -- singled and doubled in his other two at-bats, and scored three runs and drove in three more as his Mesa Solar Sox beat the Surprise Saguaros, 6-1, for their first league title since 2003.

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

Marlins honor Jose; MLB honors Marlins

Club receives Best Moment Award for night commemorating beloved pitcher

Marlins honor Jose; MLB honors Marlins

MIAMI -- In the aftermath of the tragedy that claimed the life of superstar Jose Fernandez, the Marlins paid tribute to the beloved pitcher throughout an emotional yet uplifting game against the Mets the day after the 24-year-old's sudden and tragic passing.

On Friday, MLB recognized the Marlins with the Esurance MLB Best Moment Award for their poignant pregame ceremony, courageous play and touching postgame memorial on Sept. 26.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. MLB.com reporter Daniel Kramer contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.