Marlins in pursuit of Jansen, Chapman

With Melancon off the board, Miami still in mix to sign a premier closer

Marlins in pursuit of Jansen, Chapman

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The Marlins are prepared to do what it takes to strengthen what the club already believes is a strength. They're exploring ways to bolster the back end of their bullpen.

Without naming any specific players, president of baseball operations Michael Hill on Monday at the Winter Meetings confirmed the club is open to signing experienced late-inning relievers. MLB.com was told the club has interest in the two top closers on the free-agent market -- Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen. If they opt to not spend what it takes to land either of those two, Miami also has interest in both Brad Ziegler and Koji Uehara.

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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 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

Anderson on Fall League's Top Prospects Team

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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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.

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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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.

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.

Marlins protect 4 from Rule 5 Draft

Miami adds righties Castillo, Steckenrider and infielders Riddle, Nola to 40-man

Marlins protect 4 from Rule 5 Draft

MIAMI -- The Marlins on Friday purchased the contracts of four Minor Leaguers who are getting closer to being big league ready: right-handers Luis Castillo and Drew Steckenrider, along with infielders J.T. Riddle and Austin Nola.

By adding these four to the 40-man roster, Miami protected them from next month'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.

Jansen reportedly Marlins' top free-agent target

Jansen reportedly Marlins' top free-agent target

MIAMI -- If the Marlins can't make substantial additions to their rotation, they may opt to pour more financial resources into the bullpen. And the club is reportedly pursuing one of the top free-agent closers on the market.

Kenley Jansen, who has 189 saves over seven seasons with the Dodgers, is the Marlins' top free-agent target, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

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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 sign 5, including 3 lefty relievers

Marlins sign 5, including 3 lefty relievers

MIAMI -- Some needed lefty reliever depth is being added to the Marlins' Spring Training roster. Southpaws Kyle Lobstein, Caleb Thielbar and Frank Garces are among five non-roster invitees who have signed with Miami.

The organization has also added outfielder Moises Sierra and catcher Carlos Paulino. All five have agreed to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.

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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.

Qualifying offers impact Marlins' offseason plan

Upgrading pitching staff remains top priority, but price may be steep

Qualifying offers impact Marlins' offseason plan

MIAMI -- One potential free-agent starter is off the market, while one high-profile closer remains available, but with a catch. Jeremy Hellickson accepted a $17.2 million qualifying offer to stay with the Phillies on Monday, while Kenley Jansen rejected a similar offer from the Dodgers.

Miami is exploring all pitching options, and Hellickson was a potential free-agent target. Jansen is intriguing because he previously pitched for Marlins manager Don Mattingly with the Dodgers.

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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.

The New Orleans Zephyrs are now the Baby Cakes

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The New Orleans Zephyrs are now the Baby Cakes

Minor League Baseball teams sure know how to name themselves -- or at least pick amusing options for fans to vote on when deciding to make a change. 

Enter the New Orleans Baby Cakes, formerly known as the New Orleans Zephyrs, a staple of the PCL since 1997, the Marlins' current Triple-A affiliate and, on a larger scale, a Minor League organization for more than a century. Prior to this past season, the team revealed its desire to make a change, and invited fans to offer up suggestions.

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