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Miami Marlins Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 1, 2013

Miami Marlins Offseason Tracker: Hottest Trade Rumors, Free Agency News

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    The Miami Marlins have attracted quality free agents in recent years, but this offseason may not be as exciting for fans.

    After the team traded away its top stars last offseason, it will be a tough sell for premier free agents. Even if the team is willing to throw money at the stars, the thought of possibly getting traded early in the deal could keep some from signing with the club.

    Miami had the second-lowest payroll in baseball in 2013. The Houston Astros had the lowest payroll, but the Marlins weren't close to any other team.

    It's no surprise that the Marlins and the Astros finished with the two worst records in baseball given that their combined payroll barely topped the 28th-highest team, via USAToday.com

    The rebuilding process will continue this offseason, so stick around to see what kind of moves the Marlins will make. Their name will likely be thrown around this winter, and this tracker will be updated as things happen. Keep checking back here to see the latest rumors and moves involving Miami.

Miami's Own Free Agents and Done Deals

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    Done Deals

    Oct. 31: Jacob Turner's $1 million club option EXERCISED 

    Dec. 3: Signed C Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year, $21 million contract, via Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez

    Dec. 5: Signed 2B/SS Rafael Furcal to a one-year deal, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal

    Dec. 9: Signed first baseman Garrett Jones, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. The Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez tweeted that the two-year deal will be worth $7.5 million: $2.5 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015

    Dec. 11: Traded 1B Logan Morrison to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Carter Capps, according to the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer

    Dec. 12: Acquired OF Brian Bogusevic from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for OF Justin Ruggiano, according to @MarlinsMedia via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel

    Dec. 18: Signed 3B Casey McGehee to a one-year deal, via Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, worth $1.1 million

     

    Free Agents

    LF Matt Diaz (Age 35)

    2013 stats: 10 G, .167/.211/.222, 0 HR, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K

    OF Austin Kearns (Age 33)

    2013 stats: 19 G, .185/.290/.185, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 4 BB, 8 K

    OF Juan Pierre (Age 36)

    2013 stats: 113 G, .247/.284/.305, 1 HR, 11 2B, 2 3B, 8 RBI, 23 SB, 13 BB, 27 K

    INF Placido Polanco (Age 38)

    2013 stats: 118 G, .260/.315/.302, 1 HR, 13 2B, 23 RBI, 23 BB, 31 K

    RHP Chad Qualls (Dec. 7: Signed RHP Chad Qualls to a  two-year deal worth $9.5 million, plus incentives, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, and there is a club option for a third year, via Brian McTaggart of MLB.com)

     

     

Arbitration Eligible Players

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    Tendered

    RP Steve Cishek

    RP Mike Dunn

    1B Logan Morrison

    OF Jusin Ruggiano

    OF Giancarlo Stanton

     

    Non-Tendered

    OF Chris Coghlan

    RP Ryan Webb (Dec. 6: Signed a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles)

    *via MLB.com's Joe Frisaro

Dec. 18: Signed 3B Casey McGehee to a One-Year Deal

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    The Marlins have signed third baseman Casey McGehee to a one-year deal, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami HeraldThe deal will be worth $1.1 million plus incentives, via FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

    McGehee was once a promising player, but his struggles forced him out of the league.

    However, the 31-year-old rebounded nicely in Japan this past season. He hit .298 with 28 homers and 93 RBI with his team.

    He hit 23 home runs, 38 doubles and 104 RBI in 2010 for the Milwaukee Brewers. That was his first full season in the majors, and it looked like he was going to be a big-time slugger.

    In 2012, he hit only .217/.284/.358 with nine home runs, 16 doubles and 41 RBI between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Yankees. With those struggles, he was forced to look elsewhere for a job.

    McGehee provides Miami the versatility that it wanted. He can play first and third, so that is a plus.

    If he can carry the momentum over from Japan, this could pay off nicely for the Marlins.

Dec. 12: Acquired Brian Bogusevic from the Chicago Cubs for Justin Ruggiano

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    Miami traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder Brian Bogusevic, according to @MarlinsMedia via Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel.

    The 31-year-old hit a disappointing 2013 season. He did have 18 home runs and 18 doubles, but he hit only .222/.298/.396. That came just one year after he hit .313/.374/.535 with 13 homers and 23 doubles.

    Ruggiano has some pop in his bat. He is eligible for arbitration for the first time, but the Marlins want to get what they could for him.

    Bogusevic had spent the first four years of his career inside of the National League Central, including three with the Houston Astros. This past season he hit .273/.323/.462 with six home runs, seven doubles and a triple.

    The 29-year-old has a career slash line of .236/.313/.370. Bogusevic hit .287 in 2011, so he has shown the ability to get hits in two of the past three seasons.

    Bogusevic has played each of the three outfield positions, so he provides versatility to Miami.

Dec. 11: Traded 1B Logan Morrison to the Seattle Mariners for RHP Carter Capps

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    First baseman Logan Morrison drew a lot of interest on the trade market. After seeing what they could get for him, the Marlins have traded Morrison to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Carter Capps, according to the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer. 

    Morrison hit .242/.333/.375 with six home runs, 13 doubles and four triples in 2013. He hit .283 in his first season in the majors, and he followed that up with 23 home runs and 72 RBI in 2011.

    The Marlins were in the market for a third baseman and a reliever, and they helped fill one of those needs in this trade.

    Capps posted a 5.49 ERA and a 1.627 WHIP with the Mariners this past season. He struck out 66 batters and walked 23 in 59 innings. In 2012, the right-hander posted a 3.96 ERA and a 1.440 WHIP in 25 innings.

    His career splits are dramatically different. He had a 2.87 ERA in 37 appearances at Safeco Field and a 7.78 ERA in 34 games on the road. Capps has held right-handed batters to a .266 average compared to left-hander's .324 average.

    The 23-year-old doesn't have much experience, so he has plenty of time to develop into a strong reliever.

    Miami got a young arm in Capps, and he could become an important part of the bullpen.

Greg Dobbs: Trade Candidate

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    The Miami Marlins will look to trade Greg Dobbs, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman.

    Miami likes Eric Chavez, so it will be looking to trade Dobbs. Bowman believes that both Dobbs and Chavez could be fits for the Atlanta Braves.

    Dobbs' value has dropped since last winter. He hit .285/.313/.386 with five home runs, 13 doubles and two triples in 2012. He followed that up by hitting .228/.303/.300 with two home runs and 11 doubles this past season.

    The 35-year-old has seen a drop in plate appearances in two straight seasons.

    Dobbs has had a couple of good seasons in terms of average in recent years, but there isn't much power in his bat. The Marlins will try to see what they can get for him.

Delmon Young: Free Agent Target

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    The Miami Marlins have inquired about Delmon Young, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

    Young is working out at first base, but he has been an outfielder throughout his career. His defense has led him to the American League for most of his career. Outside of 80 games in Philadelphia this past season, he has spent his entire eight-year career in the AL.

    The 28-year-old has plenty of power. He had 11 home runs in 103 games in 2013, and he hit 18 for the Detroit Tigers in 2012.

    Back in 2010, Young finished 10th in AL Most Valuable Player voting. He hit .298 with 21 home runs and 112 RBI that season. He showed what he can do with the bat.

    Now he is looking for a chance to play and is willing to change positions in order to attract NL teams.

Dec. 9: Garrett Jones Signed a Two-Year Deal with the Miami Marlins

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    The Miami Marlins have signed first baseman Garrett Jones, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. The Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez tweeted that the two-year deal will be worth $7.5 million. Jones would make $2.5 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015.

    If the Marlins can close the deal, it would speed up trade talks involving Morrison. The club could be aggressive to swap Morrison for a third baseman during the meetings.

    The team is reportedly open to trading first baseman Logan Morrison, and they have already checked in on a possible replacement.

    Jones spent the last five seasons with the Pirates after starting his career in Minnesota, but his offense had been an issue in recent seasons.

    He hit only .233/.289/.419 with 15 home runs, 26 doubles and 51 RBI this past season. This comes only a season after he had a slash line of .274/.317/.516 and hit 27 home runs, 28 doubles and 86 RBI in 2012.

    The 32-year-old lost his starting job when the Pirates acquired Justin Morneau. Jones had only 35 at-bats in September, and he had only two at-bats in the team's six playoff games.

    Jones would be a solid left-handed bat for the Marlins. However, this is a complicated situation as Morrison is still on the roster.

Dec. 7: RHP Chad Qualls Signs with the Houston Astros

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    Chad Qualls had a strong 2013 campaign, and the Marlins are interested in bringing him back, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

    *Update: Dec. 7 at 4:40 p.m. ET

    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the Astros are close to signing Chad Qualls to a two-year deal worth $9.5 million, plus incentives, and there will be an option for a third year.

    ---End of update---

    The 35-year-old went 5-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 66 appearances. He walked only 19 batters and allowed only four home runs in 62 innings.

    He hasn't spent more than one season with the same team since 2008 to 2010 when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks. This will be a reunion for the veteran as he played the first four seasons of his career in Houston.

    Miami wanted to bring back the veteran reliever, but a deal was not able to get done.

Sean Rodriguez: Trade Target

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    The Marlins are looking for a third baseman, and the Tampa Bay Rays' Sean Rodriguez is a player who Miami is interested in, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

    Frisaro said that the Marlins have had internal discussions about Rodriguez.

    Rodriguez hit .246/.320/.385 with five home runs, 10 doubles and a triple in 96 games for the Rays this past season. It was the second-best season of his career. He hit .251 with nine homers and 19 doubles in 2009.

    The 28-year-old played two years with the Los Angeles Angels before spending the last four seasons with the Rays.

    Tampa Bay is reportedly interested in Logan Morrison. With Garrett Jones close to signing a deal with the Marlins, a deal involving Morrison and Rodriguez could suffice both sides.

Dec. 5: Rafael Furcal Agrees to a One-Year Deal with the Miami Marlins

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    The Miami Marlins have agreed to a one-year contract with Rafael Furcal, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. The Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez reported that the contract is going to be worth $3.5 million with incentives based on playing time.

    Furcal missed the entire 2013 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery earlier in the year.

    He hit .264/.325/.346 with five home runs, 18 doubles and three triples in 2012. The switch-hitter is a career .281/.346/.403 hitter.

    Injuries have been a big problem for the veteran in recent seasons. He has played in more than 121 games only once since 2008, and he has failed to play in at least 100 games in four of the past six seasons.

    He won the 2000 NL Rookie of the Year award and has been named to three NL All-Star teams.

    The 36-year-old will play second base for the Marlins. This is a low-risk deal for both sides, and the Marlins have done a good job of adding another veteran to help lead younger players.

    Furcal may not be the player that he once was, but he could still help a team if he is healthy. 

     

Will Chris Coghlan Be Back with the Marlins?

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    The Marlins non-tendered left fielder Chris Coghlan on Monday, but the two sides are working on a new deal, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

    The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year has struggled to stay on the field in recent seasons. He has played in a total of 265 games over the past four seasons.

    Coghlan hit .256/.318/.354 with one home run, 10 doubles and three triples in 70 games this past season. He has a career slash line of .270/.337/.390. After hitting .321 and .268 in his first two seasons, he his average has dipped.

    Although the Marlins didn't tender him a contract earlier this week, it looks like Coghlan will be back in Miami next season.

Dec. 3: Jarrod Saltalamacchia Signed a Three-Year Deal with the Marlins

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    Age: 28

    Bats: S

    2013 Stats: .273/.338/.466, 14 home runs, 40 2B, 65 RBI, 4 SB

    Contract: 3 years/$21 million

     

    The Miami Marlins have shocked the baseball world by landing catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as the Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez reported.

    Saltalamacchia has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins. The Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reported that Saltalamacchia will make $6 million in 2014, $7 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016. He does not have a no-trade clause, as the Marlins don't normally give players that option. 

    Saltalamacchia hit .273/.338/.466 with 14 home runs and 40 doubles for the Boston Red Sox in 2013. He was a key part in the team's success as it won the World Series.

    The switch-hitter had struggled at the plate in recent seasons. He hit .243 in parts of four seasons with the Texas Rangers, and his average continued to drop in his first couple of seasons in Boston. He hit .235 in 2011 and .222 in 2012.

    Saltalamacchia has a career slash line of .246/.310/.428 and has 78 home runs since making his debut in 2007.

    Signing Saltalamacchia makes a lot of sense for the Marlins. They now have somebody who can protect Giancarlo Stanton in the middle of the lineup. With Christian Yelich, Stanton and Saltalamacchia, the Marlins have a nice core.

    The market for catchers started to thin, and Miami was able to come in and get a deal done pretty quickly.

Jacob Turner: Option Picked Up, Possible Trade Candidate

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    Jacob Turner struggled in his limited action in Detroit, but he has done a good job in Miami over parts of the last two seasons. He finished the 2013 season with a 3.74 ERA, and he allowed only 11 home runs in 118 innings.

    As the Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez tweeted , the Marlins exercised Turner's $1 million option. 

    *Update: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 10:23 p.m. ET

    MLB.com's Joe Frisario wrote that the Marlins could look to trade Turner in order to bring in an impact hitter. The team won't deal Nathan Eovaldi, but Turner could be a potential trade candidate if the Marlins could get a bat.

    ---End of update---

    He isn't a strikeout pitcher by any means as he had only 77 this year. The right-hander has learned how to pitch to contact, and the Marlins have a good duo in Turner and Jose Fernandez.

    It was expected as it's a cheap price for a young pitcher. The 22-year-old will be able to grow as a pitcher in Miami, and the Marlins decided to keep him around.

Could the Marlins and the Cubs Swap Prospects?

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    Two teams that are in rebuilding mode could be trade partners, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

    Miami and the Chicago Cubs have prospects that the other team could be interested in. Miami has quite a few pitching prospects, and Chicago is loaded with position players in the minors. 

    Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler are among the position players who could draw interest from Miami. Bryant, who was the No. 2 pick in this year's draft, isn't eligible to be traded until June.

    The Marlins have a long list of top pitching prospects: Jacob Turner, Nate Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez (who threw a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season), Andrew Heaney, Justin Nicolino, Adam Conley, Jose Urena and Brian Flynn. 

    Both teams are looking to address needs, so they could wind up being trade partners.

Giancarlo Stanton: Right Fielder

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    It's only a matter of time before Giancarlo Stanton's name starts getting thrown around in many trade rumors, but the Sun Sentinel's Juan C. Rodriguez reiterated that the Marlins aren't looking to trade the superstar.

    *Update: Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. ET

    ESPN's Jim Bowden reported that Marlins GM Dan Jennings said that Stanton is not available and will be the team's right fielder on Opening Day. The team wants to build around Stanton.

    ---End of update--- 

    Through four seasons, Stanton has 117 home runs and 107 doubles. That's with very little protection behind him in the lineup. There is no doubt that he is one of the most talented players in the league, and the Marlins could get a huge return if they decided to trade him.

    The 23-year-old would improve every lineup in baseball. However, it doesn't appear that he is going to be on the move this winter.

     

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