Filling bench roles next on offseason agenda

With no fourth outfielder on roster, Marlins could rely on organizational depth

Filling bench roles next on offseason agenda

MIAMI -- Barring anything unforeseen, the Marlins' everyday lineup is pretty much set after a series of offseason moves that brought in three new regulars. When it comes to the bench, however, it's a different story.

The front office still has some unfinished business when it comes to finding a fourth outfielder and a left-handed hitter who can play a corner-infield spot. There are several internal candidates, but chances are the team will make another move or two before Spring Training to strengthen the overall roster.

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Hometown a special place for Gordon

Marlins' new second baseman enjoys giving back to community that supported him

Hometown a special place for Gordon

MIAMI -- To Dee Gordon, there is no place like home for the holidays, and this year is truly a homecoming in a number of ways for the Marlins' newly acquired second baseman.

Florida-born, Gordon was traded by the Dodgers to Miami at the Winter Meetings. The 26-year-old is eager to play in his home state. But first, during this holiday season, he is happy to give back to those who supported him growing up.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins claim reliever Claiborne off waivers from Yankees

Marlins claim reliever Claiborne off waivers from Yankees

MIAMI -- The Marlins added some additional bullpen depth on Tuesday when they claimed right-hander Preston Claiborne off waivers from the Yankees. Miami's 40-man roster is now full.

Claiborne projects to factor into a middle-relief or setup role, and his arrival helps ease the loss of Chris Hatcher, who was traded to the Dodgers earlier in the month.

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Marlins Park hosts nail-biter of a Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park hosts nail-biter of a Miami Beach Bowl

Marlins Park may be months away from hosting baseball games, but fans in attendance on Monday were treated to a sports thriller of a different kind, as the ballpark played host to the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl, in which Memphis defeated BYU, 55-48, in a double-overtime nail-biter.

After four quarters of regulation and two overtimes, Memphis defensive back DaShaughn Terry intercepted BYU quarterback Christian Stewart to hand the Tigers their first bowl victory since 2006.

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Morse's return to Miami a happy homecoming

Born and bred in South Florida, slugger eager to suit up for hometown Marlins

Morse's return to Miami a happy homecoming

MIAMI -- No matter which uniform he wore or what part of the country he played in, Michael Morse never lost touch with his roots.

Whether he was with the Mariners early in his career, or with the Nationals for four seasons, or splitting time in Seattle and Baltimore in 2013, Morse always knew he would be back in South Florida in the offseason. Winning the World Series with the Giants this October didn't change his loyalties.

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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.

Prado gives Marlins options with their batting order

Prado gives Marlins options with their batting order

MIAMI -- Adding Martin Prado to the equation gives manager Mike Redmond some interesting decisions to make regarding the Marlins' batting order. It may also impact when slugger Giancarlo Stanton comes to the plate.

It's been pretty much a given Stanton would bat third, with conventional thinking being you want your best hitter guaranteed an at-bat in the first inning and as many at-bats as possible. But Prado has excelled in the No. 2 spot, which raises the question if Stanton will slide down a spot to cleanup?

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins trading at a pace not seen since '05

Club has been aggressive as it plans to contend during '15 season

Marlins trading at a pace not seen since '05

MIAMI -- Finalizing a trade that sends Casey McGehee to the Giants for pitching prospects Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo caps one of the busiest three-week offseason stretches in Marlins history.

San Francisco announced the deal on Friday night, and the Marlins on Saturday announced Flores will be added to their 40-man roster. Castillo is expected to open the season at Class A Advanced Jupiter.

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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.

Miami mixes it up with deal for Prado, Phelps

Miami mixes it up with deal for Prado, Phelps

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

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

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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.

Homecoming official with introduction of new trio

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

Homecoming official with introduction of new trio

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

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

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Marlins trade McGehee for pair of Minor League pitchers

Third baseman dealt to Giants after All-Star season

Marlins trade McGehee for pair of Minor League pitchers

MIAMI -- Casey McGehee, the National League Comeback Player of the Year, finds himself on the move again. After helping the Marlins make a 15-game improvement in the standings, the 32-year-old third baseman was traded to the World Series champion Giants.

The Giants announced Friday night that they acquired McGehee for two lower-level Minor League pitchers -- Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Latos embraces homecoming with Marlins

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

Latos embraces homecoming with Marlins

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

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

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Richard Justice

Marlins full of intrigue after roster reshaping

Marlins full of intrigue after roster reshaping

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

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

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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 turning attention to further moves

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

Marlins turning attention to further moves

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Busy offseason has expectations rising for Marlins

Busy offseason has expectations rising for Marlins

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

Dodgers complete Jensen trade with Marlins

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

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

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Rising Marlins make most of trip to swap meet

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

Rising Marlins make most of trip to swap meet

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins land Latos as rotation gets more seasoning

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

Marlins land Latos as rotation gets more seasoning

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dee-lighted! Gordon embraces trade to Miami

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

Dee-lighted! Gordon embraces trade to Miami

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

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

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Mike Bauman

Marlins build on momentum of Stanton contract

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

Marlins build on momentum of Stanton contract

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

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

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

Marlins Park set to host BYU-Memphis bowl game

Marlins Park set to host BYU-Memphis bowl game

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

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

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

Marlins add reliever, lose slugger Canha in Rule 5 Draft

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

Marlins add reliever, lose slugger Canha in Rule 5 Draft

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

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

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

Marlins manager Redmond addresses reaching next level

Marlins manager Redmond addresses reaching next level

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

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

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Lyle Spencer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jim Callis

Marlins' Freeman honored as West Coast Scout of the Year

Marlins' Freeman honored as West Coast Scout of the Year

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

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

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

Marlins counting on Crow as a starter?

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

Marlins counting on Crow as a starter?

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Narveson, 7 others sign Minors contracts with Marlins

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

Narveson, 7 others sign Minors contracts with Marlins

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Redmond tears Achilles tendon playing tennis

Redmond tears Achilles tendon playing tennis

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

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

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.