Ichiro reports quad soreness following collision

Ichiro reports quad soreness following collision

JUPITER, Fla. -- A day after being involved in a collision during an outfield drill, Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was dealing with soreness in his quadriceps area, above his right knee.

The 43-year-old sensation was expected to take it easy for a few days before resuming baseball activities.

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Mattingly all for increasing pace of play

Marlins manager supports new IBB rule, exploring ways to boost action

Mattingly all for increasing pace of play

JUPITER, Fla. -- Initiatives aimed at speeding up the action are fine with Marlins manager Don Mattingly. One step Major League Baseball is taking in 2017 is to modify the intentional walk rule.

For the upcoming season, batters will simply take the base, rather than pitchers throwing four consecutive balls. Mattingly is all for exploring ways to pick up the pace, and increase action.

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Ziegler's game built from the ground up

Ziegler's game built from the ground up

JUPITER, Fla. -- As a submarine-style pitcher, Marlins right-hander Brad Ziegler basically gives batters an upside-down view. His unorthodox delivery often causes his throwing hand to nearly scrape the mound before he flings sinkerball pitches that regularly find their mark down in the zone.

"He gives a different angle," manager Don Mattingly said. "It's a different view. You don't see it very often. It's kind of like the knuckleballer. Coming up with a game plan for a guy like that is different than 98 percent of the guys."

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Mattingly confident Tazawa will deliver results

Marlins manager likes the variety the Miami bullpen now boasts

Mattingly confident Tazawa will deliver results

JUPITER, Fla. -- Finding consistency with the bullpen from year to year is a task, but Marlins manager Don Mattingly has all the confidence that former Boston Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa can fit in with a new team in 2017.

After spending all seven of his previous seasons in a Red Sox uniform, the right-hander is attempting to bolster the Marlins' bullpen. He signed with the club as a free agent in December.

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Breaking down the Marlins' Top 30 Prospects

Miami's list features 20 players the franchise has drafted in recent years

Breaking down the Marlins' Top 30 Prospects

The tragic death of Marlins ace and franchise cornerstone Jose Fernandez on Sept. 25 sent shockwaves not just across Major League Baseball, but throughout the entire sporting world. It also overshadowed what had been a promising season for Miami, which, despite finishing with a 79-82 record, contended for a Wild Card spot for much of the year before fading down the stretch.

The possibility of a return to the postseason for the first time since 2003, when the Marlins defeated the Yankees in the World Series, made Miami a buyer at the Trade Deadline. But with few tradable pieces on its big league roster, the club was forced to part with two of its better prospects in 2015 first-rounder (No. 12 overall) Josh Naylor and right-hander Chris Paddack, both of whom the Marlins dealt to the Padres in separate deals prior to the Deadline.

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Locke still battling left biceps tendinitis

Newly acquired left-hander being cautious, hopes to play catch soon

Locke still battling left biceps tendinitis

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins left-hander Jeff Locke spent Tuesday resting his arm while his teammates continued Spring Training in preparation for the 2017 season. It was the third day of inactivity for Locke, who is battling tendinitis in his left biceps.

He hopes to get back out there and play catch, at least within the next day or two.

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Ellis fitting in among familiar Marlins faces

Veteran catcher also providing guidance for Realmuto

Ellis fitting in among familiar Marlins faces

JUPITER, Fla. -- A.J. Ellis may be a newcomer to the Marlins, but the veteran catcher is certainly no stranger to the organization.

Coming up through the Dodgers' system, Ellis previously played for Miami manager Don Mattingly, formerly his hitting coach and manager in Los Angeles. He's also been coached and managed at the big league and Minor League levels by bench coach Tim Wallach and outfield coach Lorenzo Bundy. Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon also is a former teammate of Ellis in Los Angeles.

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Marlins boss excited about events, new arms

Marlins boss excited about events, new arms

JUPITER, Fla. -- Presidents Day falls on the week the Marlins are scheduled to open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium.

As the players and coaches gear up for game action, president of baseball operations Michael Hill sees plenty of reasons for optimism in 2017.

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Stanton prioritizing consistency, staying on field

Marlins slugger hopes injuries behind him

Stanton prioritizing consistency, staying on field

JUPITER, Fla. -- When it comes to expectations, Giancarlo Stanton sticks to the basics. The Marlins right fielder's primary objectives for 2017 are to stay healthy and show consistency.

It's really that simple for the three-time All-Star who has yet to have that signature season where everything comes together. There's always been something that arises to derail even his most promising years.

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Tall order for Volquez in first live BP session

Pitcher faces Stanton, Yelich in Spring Training

Tall order for Volquez in first live BP session

JUPITER, Fla. -- After seeing the list of hitters he would be facing on Sunday morning, Marlins right-hander Edinson Volquez joked that the coaching staff may not like him.

On the first day of live batting practice, Volquez drew a difficult assignment. The veteran threw to a formidable foursome -- Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Ichiro Suzuki.

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Ichiro shows no signs of stopping after 3,000

Ichiro shows no signs of stopping after 3,000

JUPITER, Fla. -- A new batch of novelty license plates were made after Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in Major League history to reach 3,000 hits. It's just part of "Ichiro Mania" that still exists in his native Japan.

Over the years, fans have recognized Ichiro in a variety of ways. Many do so with customized plates. Some sport Ichiro's No. 51 jersey. Others use 262 for his MLB single-season hits record.

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Glove is all Gordon, teammates need

Glove is all Gordon, teammates need

JUPITER, Fla. -- Early Saturday morning, Dee Gordon ripped open the package with the same enthusiasm he exudes after receiving a birthday present. His new infield gloves arriving is reason for the Marlins' second baseman to rejoice.

Gordon and three of his teammates who wear mitts made by Wilson Sporting Goods celebrated Glove Day.

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Donnie Baseball steps up to the plate during camp

Donnie Baseball steps up to the plate during camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Images of Donnie Baseball are back.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly, a career .307 hitter during his 14-year career with the Yankees, takes a hands-on approach in Spring Training. To get a better feel for how a pitcher is throwing, the former All-Star first baseman occasionally steps up to the plate.

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All the small things for Marlins in 2017

Organization preaching importance of consistent focus

All the small things for Marlins in 2017

JUPITER, Fla. -- An attention-to-detail message is already being engrained in the Marlins. It's all part of the "Little Things Matter" theme that manager Don Mattingly and his staff are preaching.

Before its first full-squad workouts on Friday, the club held a meeting. And after the position players wrapped up their drills, they gathered again, in the outfield of Field 2, where outfield coach Lorenzo Bundy and third-base coach Fredi Gonzalez spoke to the players about executing.

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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.

Loria fielding offers, up for U.S. Ambassador

Samson confirms reports before first full-squad workout

Loria fielding offers, up for U.S. Ambassador

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins president David Samson on Friday afternoon confirmed team owner Jeffrey Loria is going "through the process" to become the United States Ambassador to France, also acknowledging the organization is fielding offers from parties interested in purchasing the club.

Samson said talks with a group headed by Joshua Kushner have stopped, but there are other potential groups interested in purchasing the Marlins.

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Hechavarria misses first day of workouts to testify

Shortstop called to federal court in Miami

Hechavarria misses first day of workouts to testify

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was excused from the team's first full-squad workouts on Friday as the 27-year-old testified in federal court in Miami.

On trial are agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling.

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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.

Ramos driven to be a top-tier closer

Offseason rumors motivating righty to prove he is Marlins' No. 1 option in bullpen

Ramos driven to be a top-tier closer

JUPITER, Fla. -- Blocking out distractions comes with the territory when you're a big league closer. A.J. Ramos, an All-Star in 2016, has repeatedly shown he's able to ignore all the outside noise and zero in on doing his job.

But as calm as Ramos is on the mound, the 30-year-old still couldn't help but pay attention to the offseason reports that the Marlins were targeting free-agent closers Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen.

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Mattingly keeps focus on the field

Manager puts emphasis on only the things he can control

Mattingly keeps focus on the field

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins manager Don Mattingly is focused on the business of baseball, not on speculation that the club might be sold or reports that team owner Jeffrey Loria is in consideration to become ambassador to France.

"I don't worry about things I can't control," Mattingly said. "It's the same with this ballclub. If you play professionally, you know how to cut out distractions. So anything that would be peripheral to that, for me, is just noise."

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Realmuto skips Classic to learn new position

Marlins' regular catcher will see time at first base to keep bat in lineup

Realmuto skips Classic to learn new position

JUPITER, Fla. -- Sporting a Team USA jersey would have been a tremendous honor for J.T. Realmuto. But after giving serious though to participating in the World Baseball Classic, it was decided the best thing for the 25-year-old would be to remain with the Marlins in Spring Training.

Realmuto already has plenty on his plate as he prepares for 2017. Along with being Miami's regular catcher, the organization wants to use him at first base.

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Lefty specialist not mandatory for bullpen

Mattingly set on taking 'best group of guys' from camp

Lefty specialist not mandatory for bullpen

JUPITER, Fla. -- There will be no special treatment for a potential specialist in the Marlins' bullpen. In the past, the organization took a more traditional approach and carried at least one left-hander.

Those days are over, at least this Spring Training. Even with the Marlins leaning towards carrying eight relievers, they insist they won't keep a southpaw with the primary purpose to get left-handed hitters out.

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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.

Kushner interest in Marlins on hold

Kushner interest in Marlins on hold

The Kushner family announced on Wednesday that it will not pursue a purchase of the Miami Marlins franchise if current owner Jeffrey Loria is made an ambassador to France.

Multiple reports surfaced last week that the family of Charles Kushner -- a New York City real estate mogul and the father-in-law of Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump -- had reached a "handshake agreement" to purchase the Marlins from Loria, who has owned the club since 2003. Marlins president David Samson, however, downplayed reports that the organization is considering a purchase offer at the team's FanFest event this past weekend.

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Mattingly talks up Volquez as potential OD starter

Mattingly talks up Volquez as potential OD starter

JUPITER, Fla. -- Manager Don Mattingly served up a hint as to who may take the mound for the Marlins on Opening Day. Edinson Volquez, no stranger to big games, could get the nod on April 3 at Washington.

Nothing is official, but Mattingly noted that based on experience, Volquez could be the likely candidate.

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Marlins open camp, aiming to 'play like Jose'

Players have special bond paying tribute to Fernandez

Marlins open camp, aiming to 'play like Jose'

JUPITER, Fla. -- The Marlins don't need any reminders that they're playing a game. When they have any doubts, all the players need to do is look at the No. 16 patches on their jerseys.

"Play like Jose" is a theme many within the organization emphasized as they opened Spring Training on Tuesday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

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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.

Business settled, Phelps, Marlins share goal

Business settled, Phelps, Marlins share goal

JUPITER, Fla. -- During the arbitration process, David Phelps and the Marlins agreed to disagree. They were unable to reach a salary figure in mid-January, so an arbitration panel decided last Thursday.

The ruling went in favor of Phelps, who is now signed for $4.6 million, instead of the $4.325 million the club countered with. Now that the business side is settled, the 30-year-old is ready to get down to business.

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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.