Source: Ichiro, Marlins agree to 1-year deal

Source: Ichiro, Marlins agree to 1-year deal

The Marlins have filled a need for a fourth outfielder by agreeing on Friday to a one-year contract with 10-time All-Star Ichiro Suzuki, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. The deal is done, pending a physical.

Suzuki's contract is worth $2 million and will not include an option for 2016. The club has not confirmed the deal.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Ichiro's pursuit of 3,000 hits to continue in Miami

Ichiro's pursuit of 3,000 hits to continue in Miami

Ichiro Suzuki has been given an opportunity to join the 3,000-hit club.

The key to reports that he has agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million with Miami is that the Marlins have indicated a willingness to work on a second year, which Suzuki will most likely need to collect a 3,000th hit.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Write 'em Cowboy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pierre impressed with Marlins' direction for 2015

Former outfielder sees a lot of '03 World Series title team's qualities in this club

Pierre impressed with Marlins' direction for 2015

MIAMI -- Pitching, speed and defense were the foundation of the Marlins' 2003 World Series title team. The organization is striving to mirror that plan in putting together its roster for this season.

Former Miami outfielder Juan Pierre sees similarities in the two squads. The catalyst of the 2003 team, Pierre served two stints with the Marlins. Initially, he was with the organization from 2003-05, and he returned in '13 for his final season.

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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.

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Jim Callis

Realmuto No. 8 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

Red Sox's Swihart sits atop list, followed by Rangers' Alfaro and Cubs' Schwarber

Realmuto No. 8 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 C Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

Though only one catcher (Blake Swihart of the Red Sox) fits in the top 40 spots on MLBPipeline.com's upcoming 2015 Top 100 Prospects list, talent behind the plate actually runs deep. The Minors are teeming with backstops who have the tools to contribute offensively and defensively in the big leagues in the near future. This list could see a lot of turnover a year from now, as Christian Bethancourt figures to be the Braves' starter and Swihart, Kevin Plawecki (Mets) and J.T. Realmuto (Marlins) could be playing regularly in the Majors by season's end.

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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.

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Phil Rogers

Marlins built to give Nationals run for their money

Marlins built to give Nationals run for their money

Despite all the brilliant analysis, there's this one pesky thing called a 162-game schedule. It's a great thing, too, as it determines -- for real, and once and for all -- who are the best teams.

So go ahead, prematurely coronate the Washington Nationals if you want. Everybody gets it.

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

Marlins set to carry 65 players into camp

Three of club's Top 20 Prospects among Miami's Spring Training invitees

Marlins set to carry 65 players into camp

The Marlins have invited 25 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, including 15 players signed to Minor League deals. As of Wednesday afternoon, Miami will carry 65 players into Spring Training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla.

The club signed the following 15 players to Minor League free-agent contracts with invitations to Spring Training: right-handers Ryan Chaffee, Nick Masset, Vin Mazzaro and Ryan Reid; left-handers Pat Misch, Chris Narveson and Pat Urckfitz; catchers Vinny Rottino and Jhonatan Solano; infielders Reid Brignac, Don Kelly and Scott Sizemore; and outfielders Tyler Colvin, Cole Gillespie and Kenny Wilson.

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

Spring competition likely to decide Marlins' fifth starter

Koehler, Hand among five expected candidates for Miami's final rotation spot

Spring competition likely to decide Marlins' fifth starter

MIAMI -- When your division rival makes the biggest free-agent splash of the offseason, you take notice. The Nationals landing Max Scherzer for a reported seven-year, $210 million contract has certainly gained the Marlins' attention.

While the Scherzer deal gives Washington a super rotation, Miami isn't planning on making a serious counterattack by either signing free agent James Shields or making a trade for another starter. The reason is the club is very comfortable with the starting options already assembled.

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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.

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Jonathan Mayo

Kolek No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

Nats' Giolito leads list, followed by Mets' Syndergaard, Pirates' Glasnow

Kolek No. 9 on MLB Pipeline's Top 10 RHP Prospects list

MLBPipeline.com's 2015 Top 100 Prospects list will be unveiled on Friday, Jan. 30, on MLB.com, with the Top 50 revealed during a one-hour show on MLB Network at 9 p.m. ET. Leading up to that, MLBPipeline.com takes a look at baseball's Top 10 prospects at each position.

There are always a ton of right-handed pitchers on our Top 100 list. The 2015 version is no different. All 10 on the list below are in the Top 100, and then some.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

While we hit the gym, Stanton hits the sand dunes

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While we hit the gym, Stanton hits the sand dunes

Giancarlo Stanton has the best solution for dealing with crowded gyms filled with people walking on treadmills as a part of their New Year's resolutions ... skip the gym altogether.

The Marlins' slugger took to a sand dune to get a cardio workout in much to the delight of Peter Gammons.

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Focused on '15, Cishek excited about Marlins' direction

Closer thrilled with progress club has made, would love to stick around long term

Focused on '15, Cishek excited about Marlins' direction

MIAMI -- Marlins closer Steve Cishek shares the organization's vision, and he remains hopeful to be part of its long-range plans. For now, the 28-year-old is focused solely on 2015 and doing his part to help the team reach the playoffs.

"For me, seeing the progress the team has made has been huge," he said. "I can't really describe it. When you first get called up, you're just happy to be here. After a while, that gets old, and all you want to do is win. All I want to do is win. I think we can definitely do that with this ballclub."

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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, Kelly reportedly reach Minor League deal

Former Tigers utility player will get invite to Spring Training

Marlins, Kelly reportedly reach Minor League deal

Don Kelly has found a new home.

The former Tiger has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Miami Marlins, according to multiple reports.

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

Marlins open to two-year deal with Ichiro

Marlins open to two-year deal with Ichiro

MIAMI -- The Marlins have intensified talks with 10-time All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and are open to a possible two-year deal, MLB.com has learned.

Multiple reports on Saturday said talks between the two sides were progressing. Miami is searching for a fourth outfielder, and the 41-year-old appears to be its primary target.

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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.

Jupiter crew works the grounds year-round

Roger Dean Stadium plays host to much more than Spring Training for Cardinals, Marlins

Jupiter crew works the grounds year-round

JUPITER, Fla. -- Pitchers and catchers may be reporting to Spring Training on Feb. 19, but the grounds crew at the busiest complex in the Grapefruit League has been aggressively grooming the fields for months.

Roger Dean Stadium, the spring home of the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, is the only facility in Florida to house two big league clubs. Hosting a pair of teams doubles the challenge to maintain the facility, which hosts 250 total events a 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arbitration figures shed light on Marlins' payroll

Arbitration figures shed light on Marlins' payroll

MIAMI -- According to exchange figures, the Marlins are a combined $1.720 million apart in contract talks with right-handers Mat Latos and David Phelps and lefty Mike Dunn.

Miami was unable to reach agreement with the three before Friday's arbitration deadline to exchange salary figures. Per team policy, once the deadline passes, the impasse will be settled at an arbitration hearing.

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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 secure 4 players, but 3 going to hearing

Cishek, Gordon, Alvarez, Crow avoid arbitration; Latos, Phelps, Dunn unsigned

Marlins secure 4 players, but 3 going to hearing

MIAMI -- On a frantic Friday, the Marlins reached agreements on one-year contracts with closer Steve Cishek, second baseman Dee Gordon, and right-handers Henderson Alvarez and Aaron Crow prior to the 1 p.m. ET salary arbitration figures exchange deadline.

But the busy day didn't end smoothly for everyone. The club was unable to come to terms with right-handers Mat Latos and David Phelps and lefty reliever Mike Dunn. Their salaries will be determined at arbitration hearings sometime between Feb. 1-21.

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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 building versatile, experienced bullpen

Newcomers Crow, Phelps, Rienzo could be part of relief corps

Marlins building versatile, experienced bullpen

MIAMI -- Building a strong bullpen has traditionally been one of the Marlins' toughest challenges. So the organization is trying a slightly different approach this offseason by bringing in pitchers who offer versatility and flexibility.

When Spring Training gets underway for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 20, you will see newcomers such as Aaron Crow, David Phelps and Andre Rienzo unsure if they fit into the plans as starters or relievers.

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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.

Speedy Gordon gives Marlins dynamic lineup

Newly acquired leadoff hitter swiped Major League-high 64 bases in 2014

Speedy Gordon gives Marlins dynamic lineup

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton, with his immense power, certainly is the centerpiece of a vastly improved Marlins lineup. But does the two-time All-Star present the most problems for an opposing pitcher?

According to right-hander Mat Latos, one of the new additions to Miami's rotation, speedy Dee Gordon is the player who can create the most havoc in 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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins sign righty Masset to Minor League deal

Marlins sign righty Masset to Minor League deal

MIAMI -- Reliever Nick Masset, who appeared in 51 games with the Rockies last season, signed a Minor League contract with the Marlins on Wednesday that includes an invitation to Spring Training.

The Marlins typically don't announce each Minor League signing, but MLB.com has confirmed the Masset deal.

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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 ink Colvin, but still seeking extra outfielder

Marlins ink Colvin, but still seeking extra outfielder

MIAMI -- The Marlins have added another piece to their backup outfield mix, but they still haven't found the missing link for their fourth spot. Tyler Colvin signed a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, giving the organization a left-handed-hitting option with big league experience.

The Marlins continue to actively pursue more experienced options, with Nate Schierholtz and Ichiro Suzuki among the possibilities. Andy Dirks and Will Venable also fit the left-handed-hitting profile Miami is seeking.

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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.

Haren reportedly to attend camp, but status unclear

Haren reportedly to attend camp, but status unclear

MIAMI -- Dan Haren is willing to report to Spring Training with the Marlins, but has the 34-year-old right-hander bought into being with the club? That remains unclear.

According to the Miami Herald, Haren still is hopeful of being traded to a West Coast club to be closer to his family in California. However, the lack of resolution of the matter continues to complicate what has become one of the more confusing transactions in recent team history.

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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.

Fernandez measuring up to Hall of Fame arms

Marlins broadcaster Van Horne says young ace is ahead of Big Unit, Pedro

Fernandez measuring up to Hall of Fame arms

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez was the total package during his 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Award-winning season. The Marlins' ace showed dominance and poise rarely seen by a 20-year-old.

In fact, Fernandez's first big league season was so impressive, according to Marlins radio voice Dave Van Horne, it surpassed the early seasons of two pitchers just elected to the Hall of Fame -- Randy Johnson and Pedro Martinez.

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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' non-roster invitees could find roles

Marlins' non-roster invitees could find roles

MIAMI -- Upgrading the roster has come at a hefty price for the Marlins. In several cases, the organization had to give in order to receive talents such as Dee Gordon, Mat Latos and Martin Prado.

In pulling off six trades before Christmas, Miami parted with 13 players, including Casey McGehee, Garrett Jones, Nathan Eovaldi as well as top prospect Andrew Heaney.

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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.

Market to determine if Marlins make bid for Shields

Market to determine if Marlins make bid for Shields

MIAMI -- The longer James Shields remains on the free-agent market, the more intriguing the right-hander becomes to a team like the Marlins. But the question remains: can Miami afford "Big Game James" without blowing the lid off its budget?

The Marlins checked in on Shields early in the offseason, and they had considerable interest in November. But if his price tag remains, as reported, at five years and at least $100 million, you can pretty much count Miami out. If the figures drop, however, the Marlins could definitely be in the mix.

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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.

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring workout dates announced for all clubs

Spring is officially on the horizon.

Major League Baseball announced the first Spring Training workout dates for all 30 of its clubs on Thursday. Pitchers and catchers for the reigning World Series champion Giants -- along with the Phillies, Pirates and Reds -- will be the first to work out, with a Feb. 19 start date. Thirteen other clubs will work out pitchers and catchers for the first time the following day.

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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.

Sheffield not elected to Hall in first year on ballot

Slugger hit 509 home runs while playing for eight teams in 22 seasons

Sheffield not elected to Hall in first year on ballot

Gary Sheffield said in November that it was an honor to be considered for the Hall of Fame. After voting results from his first year on the ballot, it looks like he'll have a while for consideration.

While three first-timers on the Hall of Fame ballot gained induction, Sheffield wasn't one of them. He nearly fell into the opposite end and off the ballot.

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Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No. 4 outfielder on Miami's checklist

Ichiro, Schierholtz among options to fill bench role for Marlins

No. 4 outfielder on Miami's checklist

MIAMI -- Batting from the left side is not necessarily a requirement, but it is the preference for the Marlins in their search for a fourth outfielder.

The club is surveying the market, and free agents Ichiro Suzuki and Nate Schierholtz are a couple of possibilities. But the search isn't limited to those two, and the eventual choice will have to fit into the team's budget.

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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 to begin process of fine-tuning roster

Status of Haren assuming spotlight; finding fourth outfielder also on to-do list

Marlins to begin process of fine-tuning roster

MIAMI -- It was relatively quiet for the Marlins during the holidays, but things are about to heat up rather quickly.

The new year brings new challenges, and there are a number of issues Miami's front office must immediately address, such as signing its arbitration-eligible players and resolving the status of pitcher Dan Haren.

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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.

Who will win fifth spot in Marlins' rotation?

Phelps, Hand and Crow are candidates, and all three can also pitch in relief

Who will win fifth spot in Marlins' rotation?

MIAMI -- There are no shortage of candidates for what appears to be one vacant spot in the Marlins' rotation. The competition got a little more interesting when David Phelps was brought into the mix via a trade with the Yankees.

Complicating matters even more is the status of Dan Haren, who has told the Marlins of his desire to pitch out West. With or without Haren, Miami has put itself in position to have a strong starting five. It's just a matter of sorting out the list.

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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.