Marlins Way: Miami Non-Tenders Coghlan, Webb

Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

In a surprising move, Miami non-tendered both Chris Coghlan and Ryan Webb last night. The move allows both players to test the free agency waters and sign with whichever team they choose.

Coghlan was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2009. Following that electric start, Coghlan struggled with injuries and poor play. There was some speculation that he would be a possibility at third base for Miami this upcoming season after a short trial at the end of last year, but the Marlins have apparently decided to go another route.

Webb was an integral part of the Marlins successful bullpen last year. The 27-year-old appeared in 66 games, posting an ERA of 2.91 and striking out 54. I am more surprised by this move than I am of the Coghlan one.

Miami has a handful of other players that they have tendered, which prevents those players from becoming a free agent. Once tendered, the Marlins and the player can negotiate a deal, or if no deal can be reached, an arbitrator will decide the compensation that will be due the player for that year.

The players that were given tenders were Giancarlo Stanton, Logan Morrison, Justin Ruggiano, Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek. These are no surprise, as all of these players will certainly cost less even through arbitration than they would on the free market.

At this point the Marlins have a few options they can pursue. They can try to offer contract extensions to players that they want to keep, they can let the arbitration process work itself out, or they can look to trade a player. These trades often take place during the upcoming winter meetings, but aren’t limited to them.

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Here is the rest of the Marlins’ news:

Marlins rumors: Mark Ellis on Miami’s radar | Fish Stripes

Contrary to the popular opinion that Miami is confident in its middle infield, the Marlins are rumored to be interested in free agent second baseman Mark Ellis.

Tender deadline nears for seven, including Stanton | Flamarlins.com

Before turning their attention to the open market, the Marlins have some housekeeping to take care of on Monday before the 11:59 p.m. ET tender deadline. Decisions must be made on all of Miami’s arbitration-eligible players by midnight.

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The Marlins short 20 year history have been marked by incredible successes and soul crushing disappointments often in close succession, 97-98, 03-05, 11-12. The Marlins have won two World Series but they never have had a history of outstanding success in the free agent market. They have, however, been able to trade and draft their way to incredible success.

Topics: Chris Coghlan, Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Ruggiano, Logan Morrison, Miami Marlins, Mike Dunn, MLB, Ryan Webb, Steve Cishek

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