Morning Fish Fans, and a happy Hump Day to you. Just a mere nine days from now, and you’ll be able to wake up with the knowledge that Spring Training has arrived.
But until then, we make do with the small stories that keep us going.
Nothing new to report with the 2016 Marlins, although there are a couple interesting stories below that deal with alumni. Miami remains interested in adding another arm, but that has been the case for weeks; the big change in the last forty-eight hours is just that two more potential options are officially off the market.
And now, the news.
In a piece of hard-hitting analysis that brings to mind the best efforts of Grantland Rice and Walter Cronkite, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro notes a healthy Giancarlo Stanton and Jose Fernandez are key to a successful 2016 campaign. But kidding aside, as Spring Training approaches, the piece is a good run through of the exact nature of last season’s slew of injuries and where those who were banged up in September stand heading into February and March. Check it out.
Former Marlin John Baker recently cast aside the bat for the pen, writing the above ode to Spring Training for MLBTradeRumors. Having just landed a front office role with the Cubs, he seems to have landed on his feet since his retirement from the Show. The article itself is a good read, and really gives you the chance to step into the cleats of the run-of-the-mill major leaguer.
As first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the White Sox signed free-agent and ex-Marlin Mat Latos to a one-year deal. Latos’ name had started to be thrown in to the pool of players that might work for Miami over the past week, which always seemed unlikely given his unproductive tenure here last season. But the one-year deal was a cheapy, valued at just $3 million reportedly. Either the club really has no money left, or Mattingly and the Marlins had no interest in a reunion with the pitcher at any price. That said, glad to see he found work, and draft away after the 15th round of your fantasy drafts.