Around the Horn: Rotation

Marlins' staff success will hinge largely on ace Fernandez

Around the Horn: Rotation

Pitchers and catchers open Spring Training for the Marlins on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. As the first workout date approaches, MLB.com takes a position-by-position look at the 2016 Marlins. The first installment is the rotation.

MIAMI -- Restructuring the rotation has been the Marlins' top offseason priority, and the club took major steps in doing so last month with the free-agent signings of Wei-Yin Chen and Edwin Jackson. But how successful the starting five may ultimately perform largely depends on what the team gets from its ace, Jose Fernandez, who is fully healthy but also will be on an innings limit.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins prospect Haynal to play in WBC qualifier

24-year-old catcher set to play for Philippines in Sydney

Marlins prospect Haynal to play in WBC qualifier

MIAMI -- A Marlins catching prospect will be gaining some international experience next week in a World Baseball Classic qualifying event. Brad Haynal will play for the Philippines, which will be led by Tim Hulett, manager of the Rangers' Class A Northeast League affiliate in Spokane, Wash.

Haynal, 24, is one of two players in a big league farm system on the Philippines' roster for the World Baseball Classic qualifying round, set for Feb. 11-14 at Blacktown International Sportspark in Sydney, Australia. The other is Angelo Songco, a first baseman in the Dodgers' organization.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gordon trade a do-over -- and for good reason

Deal for Gold Glover reinforces Marlins' mantra: Give to receive

Gordon trade a do-over -- and for good reason

MIAMI -- It's that day of the year again when we are reminded that history sometimes agonizingly repeats itself. For an MLB general manager, Groundhog Day can be synonymous of the internal tussles a front office goes through when making major trades.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill is well-versed in being part of big deals, and all the pros and cons involved in swapping impact players. The lesson he learned is you have to give to receive.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins to get closer look at Garcia at camp

Left-handed pitching prospect could see big league action in 2016

Marlins to get closer look at Garcia at camp

MIAMI -- One of the quieter offseason moves for the Marlins came on Nov. 20, when Jarlin Garcia was added to the 40-man roster after having his contract selected from Double-A Jacksonville.

In the short term, the under-the-radar transaction won't likely impact the big league roster. But down the road there is significance, because it means the organization's top left-handed pitching prospect is getting closer to being MLB ready.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

View from 3,000 feat: Countdown for Ichiro

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View from 3,000 feat: Countdown for Ichiro

Entering his 16th season at age 42, Ichiro Suzuki is 65 MLB hits away from 3,000. When the Marlins announced he was coming back to Miami on Oct. 6, it seemingly became a matter of when, not if, one of MLB's most exciting, interesting and entertaining players would become the 30th member of the exclusive club.

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Marlins prospect Kolek working on offspeed stuff

Young righty hopes to complement his heater with improved secondary pitches

Marlins prospect Kolek working on offspeed stuff

MIAMI -- All the attributes that went into the Marlins selecting Tyler Kolek with the second overall pick in the 2014 Draft are still in place. The 20-year-old is an imposing figure on the mound at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, and he's armed with a 100-mph fastball.

But as so many power pitchers have learned, overpowering stuff alone doesn't guarantee success in the pros. Sometimes there are growing pains, and for Kolek, he's still refining his mechanics and developing his secondary pitches.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First-round pick Naylor not just a slugger

No. 12 overall selection in 2015 Draft considered pure hitter

First-round pick Naylor not just a slugger

MIAMI -- As advertised, Josh Naylor, the 12th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, has already displayed plenty of raw power. That was evident shortly after he signed with the Marlins last summer and took batting practice with the big league club at Marlins Park.

The 18-year-old left-handed-hitting first baseman routinely launched drives to all fields, a number of them clearing the outfield wall. Everyone took notice. But in Minor League games, the organization was equally impressed with Naylor's overall approach to hitting.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins shift 1st full-squad workout back 1 day

Marlins shift 1st full-squad workout back 1 day

MIAMI -- There's been a slight change in plans in the Marlins' Spring Training schedule.

The club announced Thursday that the first full-squad workouts at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., will be on Feb. 23, a day later than originally scheduled. Pitchers and catchers, however, will take the field for the first time as initially planned, on Feb. 19.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins looking to add rotation depth

Veteran starters Lee, Lincecum could interest Miami if healthy

Marlins looking to add rotation depth

MIAMI -- A potential pitching target of the Marlins came off the board on Tuesday when Bronson Arroyo agreed to an incentive-filled Minor League deal with the Nationals. Miami had been among the clubs interested in the veteran right-hander.

With the pitching market thinning out, the Marlins remain open to adding another starter or perhaps a reliever, but the club is leaning toward signing candidates who would accept a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invitation. Miami hasn't closed the door on signing a pitcher to a guaranteed big league contract, but in order to do so, the team wants to be absolutely certain the player is healthy.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Club's big offensive move involves fences

Club hopes renovation at Marlins Park will benefit lineup

Club's big offensive move involves fences

MIAMI -- With all their core position players in place, the Marlins spent a bulk of the offseason targeting pitching. They ended up filling their most pressing need, a top-of-the-rotation starter, by signing free-agent left-hander Wei-Yin Chen earlier this month.

As for making an attention-grabbing roster move to boost an offense that ranked second to last in the National League in runs scored (613) and home runs (120) during the 2015 season, the club has remained relatively quiet. Still, an executive decision promises to increase productivity for Miami this season: Moving in and lowering the fences at Marlins Park should benefit the lineup.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins Park fence renovation underway

Finished product set to debut on April 1 in exhibition vs. Yankees

Marlins Park fence renovation underway

MIAMI -- The nearly 75-foot-tall colorful home run sculpture at Marlins Park promises to be more active in 2016.

Construction is underway to move in and lower the fences in Miami, and the organization is hopeful that will translate into more home runs and overall run production for a team that has struggled in the power department the past few years.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro 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

Naylor cracks MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

Astros' Reed sits atop list, followed by Bucs' Bell, Mets' Smith

Naylor cracks MLB Pipeline's Top 10 1B Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com will unveil its 2016 Top 100 Prospects list on Friday, Jan. 29, on MLB.com. The Top 50 will be revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to the release, we look at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position.

First and foremost, teams want power from their first basemen, and the players on MLBPipeline's Top 10 first-base prospects list deliver. Five of them have plus pop, led by A.J. Reed's 65 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale, and the other four all have average or better power. Four of the five best first basemen held the same status a year ago, with Bobby Bradley (Indians) the only newcomer on the upper half of the list.

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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.

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Richard Justice

Marlins' fate tied to health of Stanton, Fernandez

Marlins' fate tied to health of Stanton, Fernandez

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Since pitcher Jose Fernandez made his Major League debut three years ago, the Miami Marlins have dreamed of greatness. Not just his individual greatness, although there was plenty of that.

At the time of Fernandez's arrival in 2013, another Marlin, Giancarlo Stanton, had already established himself as one of baseball's best players. Like Fernandez, Stanton had magical skills. Like Fernandez, he had a long list of intangibles.

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

Marlins introduce left-hander Chen

Miami makes 5-year deal with former Baltimore starter official

Marlins introduce left-hander Chen

When Wei-Yin Chen arrived at Marlins Park on Tuesday afternoon to sign the richest contract the Marlins have ever given to a pitcher, he saw construction workers making the outfield walls at the cavernous ballpark a little less pitcher-friendly. But this simply led the jovial pitcher to wonder how this might benefit him when he begins to work with Miami's new hitting coach, Barry Bonds.

"We have a very good hitting coach in Barry Bonds," Chen said through a translator. "So with the fences moving in, hopefully he will help me to get some home runs."

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

For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

Adjustment made because July 31 falls on a Sunday

For this year only, Trade Deadline to be Aug. 1

This is a leap year, and for Major League Baseball, it will mean a one-day leap in the annual non-waiver Trade Deadline.

The non-waiver Trade Deadline this season will be moved to Aug. 1 from the traditional July 31 -- which in 2016 falls on a Sunday. The deadline is 4 p.m. ET, and on July 31, there are seven games scheduled to begin between 1-1:30, five between 2-3:30 and three at 4. There are only eight games on Aug. 1, all of which are night games.

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

Stanton, Gordon give Marlins rare combo

Stanton, Gordon give Marlins rare combo

Last offseason, the Marlins locked up one of the game's top power threats in Giancarlo Stanton with a mammoth 13-year, $325 million deal. This offseason, they focused on another aspect of their offense, securing speedster Dee Gordon's services for at least another five years.

In doing so, the Marlins not only solidified arguably the game's best power-speed combo for the next half-decade, but they also put themselves in position to do something that hasn't been done by any team yet this century -- lay claim to both the stolen-base and the homer champion in the same year. The last team to boast the league leaders in both categories was the 1999 Mariners, with Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. leading the American League in home runs (48) and Brian Hunter pacing the AL in steals (44).

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Marlins make 5-year deal with Dee official

Marlins make 5-year deal with Dee official

Energized by a change of scenery that reintroduced him to his home state of Florida, Dee Gordon spent this past season proving why the Marlins believe he has the capability to serve as a difference-making speed element within their lineup for many years to come.

Gordon certainly did not attempt to hide his happiness when he returned to Marlins Park on Monday afternoon for the official announcement of his five-year, $50 million deal with the Marlins, which includes a vesting option for 2021. The fleet-footed second baseman seemed genuinely appreciative of the chance to share this moment with the family members who had enriched his life dating back to his childhood days in Orlando.

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Marlins mourn loss of reporter Rodriguez

Longtime journalist dies at 42 after battle with brain cancer

Marlins mourn loss of reporter Rodriguez

Juan C. Rodriguez, a longtime Marlins reporter for the Sun Sentinel, died on Monday of brain cancer. He was 42.

Rodriguez, who joined the Sun Sentinel in 2002, received his diagnosis in December 2012 and was given eight months to live, according to the newspaper. Still, he continued to cover the Marlins even as he underwent treatment.

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

Marlins avoid arbitration with Fernandez

Club reaches agreement with all six eligible players

Marlins avoid arbitration with Fernandez

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez is locked in as the Marlins' ace for 2016, and he is getting a nice raise. The right-hander avoided arbitration with the club on Friday by agreeing to a base salary of $2.8 million, according to a source.

First-year arbitration-eligible, Fernandez made $651,000 in 2015. The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner had been the subject of trade speculation for much of the offseason. That notion is now gone, and the 23-year-old is expected to be at the top of Miami's 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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Narveson among Marlins' NRIs to spring camp

Narveson among Marlins' NRIs to spring camp

MIAMI -- In a week in which the Marlins have made some major moves, like coming to terms with free-agent lefty Wei-Yin Chen and signing Dee Gordon to a five-year contract, the organization on Thursday announced a number of Minor League deals.

Miami now has 20 non-roster invitees to Spring Training, including lefty Chris Narveson, who will be with the organization when pitchers and catchers workouts get underway on Feb. 19 at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins avoid arbitration with reliever Morris

Sides come to terms on 1-year deal worth $1.35 million, source says

Marlins avoid arbitration with reliever Morris

MIAMI -- Marlins reliever Bryan Morris, who was third on the team in appearances last season, avoided arbitration on Thursday night by coming to terms on a one-year deal worth $1.35 million, according to a source.

The 28-year-old right-hander, in arbitration for the first time, was used primarily in late-inning setup situations. He projects as a seventh-inning option this year.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins' activity a sign Fernandez staying put

Addition of Chen, extension for Gordon offer hope of contending

Marlins' activity a sign Fernandez staying put

MIAMI -- Each addition the Marlins make now dramatically reduces the chances they are looking to subtract from the core of their roster.

After a mostly quiet offseason, Miami made its big splash this week, agreeing to terms with free-agent lefty Wei-Yin Chen, and signing All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon to a five-year contract. The two moves strongly indicate that the club is not intending to trade either Jose Fernandez or Marcell Ozuna.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins sign INF Johnson, RHP Jackson

Marlins sign INF Johnson, RHP Jackson

MIAMI -- In the past week, the Marlins came to terms with right-hander Edwin Jackson and infielder Chris Johnson. The organization made their respective one-year signings official on Wednesday.

To create 40-man roster space, infielder Tommy Medica and right-hander Andre Rienzo were designated for assignment.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins' first workouts set for Feb. 19

Mattingly era gets in gear with pitchers and catchers

Marlins' first workouts set for Feb. 19

MIAMI -- The Marlins will launch the Don Mattingly managerial era on Feb. 19, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to open Spring Training workouts at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. Full-squad workouts begin on Feb. 22.

Major League Baseball on Monday announced the first workout dates for all 30 big league clubs. For Miami, the 2016 season marks a fresh start under Mattingly's leadership.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins announce player development moves

MIAMI -- In September, the Marlins named Marc DelPiano vice president of player development to oversee a farm system that had been depleted in recent years by either trades or players progressing to the big leagues.

As the organization moves forward, a number of changes have been made in the player development department for 2016. On Friday, the Marlins announced their new Minor League staffs.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins reach one-year deal with righty Jackson

Marlins reach one-year deal with righty Jackson

MIAMI -- The Marlins have finalized a one-year contract with Edwin Jackson, the 32-year-old right-hander who could fill a role either as a back-of-the-rotation starter or as a long reliever.

A 13-year veteran, Jackson split time with the Cubs and Braves in 2015, combining to make 47 relief appearances. The Marlins announced the deal on Wednesday.

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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.

Does Ozuna hold key to controllable starter?

Dealing outfielder could bring Marlins the pitcher they're looking for

Does Ozuna hold key to controllable starter?

MIAMI -- A number of options are on the table for the Marlins in their pursuit of pitching. The club is exploring lower-priced free agents, like Ian Kennedy, and is open to taking a chance on comeback candidate Cliff Lee.

But to acquire a young starter with controllable years before becoming a free agent, the price will be higher. And the best way for Miami to land such a pitcher may be to part with outfielder Marcell Ozuna.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sheffield's HOF support drops slightly in '16

Lowell, Castillo draw no votes in first year of eligibility

Sheffield's HOF support drops slightly in '16

MIAMI -- They're former All-Stars, World Series champions and iconic figures in Marlins history. Mike Lowell, Luis Castillo and Gary Sheffield are among the most popular and revered players ever to perform in South Florida.

For more than a decade, each was among the best at his respective position. But on Wednesday, none generated much support in the Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

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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 and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.