The Miami Marlins have cited heavy losses as their motivation to pull off their fire sale trade with the Toronto Blue Jays. The team has been insistent that a losing product combined with the fact that the team was losing money forced ownership to dump salary in the manner they did.
It turns out that the Miami Marlins approach Opening Day worth more than ever, according to the financial magazine Forbes. The magazine released their annual estimates on the value of MLB franchises on Wednesday. They valued the Marlins at $520 million. That is a 16 percent increase from last season. However, Forbes estimates that the team lost over $7 million dollars.
Read more about whether the Marlins ownership has a legitimate case for their fire sale in November on Fishstripes, as Michael Jong examines the findings from the Forbes magazine report.
Lead writer Michael uses The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball to optimize the Miami Marlins lineup. The results of his optimization lead to an unorthodox leadoff hitter for the Marlins.
The Miami Marlins will take on Triple-A affiliate New Orleans Zephyrs on Saturday afternoon as their final prep for Opening Day. It will be a great fans for New Orleans fans as this will be their first opporunity to host an MLB team since 1999, when the Houston Astros came in to play the Zephyrs.
-Marlins wrap up Grapefruit League play with loss-Marlins.com
Justin Nicolino pitched for the Marlins for the first time this spring and delivered a great start for the Fish. He scattered six hits and a walk in his five-inning start, while striking out three. Unfortunately, the Cards scored one run off him in the first. That turned out to be the lone run in the game.
-Miami Marlins might plug roster holes with trades- Bradenton Herald
Although the Marlins roster is set for the most part, there are still a few holes the team would like to fill. The internal options for some of those positions are not exactly what the team is looking for. The team could look to make some trades to fill these voids.
-Miami Marlins: World Series hero Edgar Renteria retires- Sun Sentinel
Edgar Renteria has not played in the major leagues since 2011, but was still holding out hope that the right team would come calling. He decided last week that he no longer could play the game and decided to call it quits. Renteria will always be remembered in Miami for bring the city it’s first baseball championship.