The Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of 22-year old lefty swinging outfielder Dalton Wheat from the Kansas City T-Bones of the Independent League. Wheat played in 67 games for the T-Bones last year in his first taste of professional baseball and he was 69 of 206 (.335 avg, .816 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 0 homers, 27 RBI and 9 stolen bases. If never hurts to take a flier on a guy like Wheat, so I like this pickup for the Marlins.
34-year old lefty starter/reliever Chris Narveson was rejected an outright assignment to AAA from the Miami Marlins, so he will become a free agent this winter. Narveson pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Marlins last year and he was 1-0 with a 8.64 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. He pitched in 21 games (2 starts) in his two years with the Marlins and he is 4-1 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. He has now pitched in 118 games (65 starts) in his first 8 years in the show and he is 30-19 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. This is no loss moving forward for the Miami Marlins.
29-year old lefty swinging infielder Cole Figueroa has rejected an outright assignment to AAA from the Miami Marlins, making him a free agent this winter. Figueroa played in 67 games in AAA-ball for the Dodgers, Pirates and Marlins this year in which he was 60 for 229 (.262 avg, .681 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 2 homers, 25 RBI and 5 stolen bases. He also played in 23 games for the Pirates this year in which he was 4 for 26 (.154 avg, .339 OPS) with 3 RBI and 1 stolen bases. Figueroa has now played in 48 games in his first three years in the show and he is 16 of 77 (.208 avg, .536 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 9 RBI and 1 stolen base. This is no loss for the Marlins moving forward.
The Miami Marlins have picked up their club option for 2017 for 42-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. They have also attached a club option for 2018 worth $2 million bucks into his contract. Suzuki had a solid year for the Marlins in 2016, playing in 143 games for them in which he was 95 of 327 (.291 avg, .730 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 1 homer, 22 RBI and 10 stolen bases. But, he seemed to wear down in the second half of the season. He played in 70 games after the All-Star break for the Marlins and he was 40 for 163 (.245 avg, .653 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Suzuki has now played in 296 games in his first two years with the Marlins and he is 186 of 725 (.257 avg, .637 OPS) with 93 runs scored, 2 homers, 43 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
Suzuki has now played in 2,500 games in his first 16 years in the show and he is 3,030 of 9,689 (.313 avg, .761 OPS) with 1,396 runs scored, 114 homers, 760 RBI and 508 stolen bases. Suzuki is #25 in Major League history with his 3,030 hits. He is also #36 in stolen bases (508) and #96 in runs scored (1,396) in Major League history! This was a smart move for the Marlins, Suzuki can still play!
The Miami Marlins have given 32-year old righty swinging 3B Martin Prado a 3-year, $40 million dollar contract extension, locking him up through the 2019 season. Prado has earned his new deal. He has played in 150 games for the Marlins so far this year and he is 179 of 589 (.304 avg, .771 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 7 homers, 73 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He has now played in 279 games in his first two years with the Fish and he is 323 of 1,089 (.297 avg, .753 OPS) with 120 runs scored, 16 homers, 136 RBI and 3 stolen bases. Prado is a solid defensive 3B and he is a good high average hitter that gets on base a lot. He is also a good veteran example both on and off the field for the younger players on the Marlins.
The Miami Marlins have designated 29-year old righty reliever Bryan Morris for assignment. Morris pitched in 24 games (0 starts) for the Marlins this year and he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Morris pitched in 130 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Marlins and he was 9-5 with 1 save, a 2.30 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Morris gave up 115 hits and 48 walks while whiffing 96 batters in his 121 1/3 innings for the Fish! Morris has now pitched in 211 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the show and he is 18-12 with 1 save, a 2.80 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. This was a surprising move as Morris has pitched pretty well for them the last three years.
UPDATE: (9/23/2016) – The Marlins have outrighted Bryan Morris to AAA.
24-year old righty starting pitcher Jose Fernandez showed a glimpse of his awesome talent back in 2013, when he won the N.L. Rookie of the Year Award. But, he has suffered a lot of injuries since then, cutting both his 2014 and 2015 seasons short. Knock on wood, Fernandez has a good chance of making it through a complete season in one piece in 2016. He has pitched in 28 games (all starts) so far this year for the Miami Marlins and he is 15-8 with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He has only given up 146 hits and 55 hits while whiffing an impressive 241 batters in his first 174 1/3 innings for the Fish this year! Fernandez has now pitched in 75 games (all starts) in his first four years with the Marlins and he is 37-17 with a 2.62 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.
Jose Fernandez can also swing the bat pretty well for a pitcher. He is 13 for 49 (.265 avg, .586 OPS) with 3 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBI so far this year. Fernandez is now 29 of 133 (.218 avg, .530 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 2 homers and 14 RBI as a hitter so far in his MLB career!
Even though Fernandez is only in his 4th season with the Marlins, he is already 9th in strikeouts in franchise history with 577 of them! He is also tied for #9 in wins (37), #18 in innings pitched (463 1/3) and he is also #16 in games started (75) in Marlins’ history!
UPDATE: (8/26/2016) – Jose Fernandez has died in a boat accident that happened early Sunday Morning in Miami Beach. He pitched in 29 games (all starts) for the Marlins this year and he was 16-8 with a 2.86 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP! He gave up 149 hits and 55 walks while whiffing 253 batters in 182 1/3 innings this year for the Fish. Fernandez pitched in 76 games (all starts) for the Marlins in his four years with the team and he was 38-17 with a 2.58 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. This is awful to see such a young and talented guy like Fernandez die way too young. Here is to praying that everyone effected by him in any capacity can have their hearts heal in time!
The Miami Marlins have designated 32-year old righty swinging infielder Robert Andino for assignment. Andino played in 13 games for the Marlins this year and he was 7 for 24 (.292 avg, .583 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI. Andino played in 92 games in his five years with the Marlins and he was 36 of 168 (.214 avg, .553 OPS) with 13 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBI and 2 stolen bases. This isn’t much of a loss for the Marlins as they needed Andino’s roster spot to claim Odrisamer Despaigne off waivers from the Orioles.
The Miami Marlins have claimed 29-year old righty reliever/starter Odrisamer Despaigne off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Despaigne pitched in 16 games (0 starts) for the Orioles this year and he was 0-2 with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. He gave up 32 hits and 15 walks while whiffing 17 batters for the Orioles in 27 1/3 innings this year. He has now pitched in 66 games (34 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 9-18 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP. Despaigne has had a rough time the last couple of years, but he was solid as a rookie for the Padres in 2014. I like the Marlins taking a flier on Despaigne, as he could help them the rest of the way this year.
Righty swinging 1B Derrek Lee was a solid hitter and an excellent glove man for the Florida Marlins. Lee played in 844 games in his six years with the Marlins and he was 746 of 2,830 (.264 avg, .822 OPS) with 422 runs scored, 129 homers, 417 RBI and 51 stolen bases. His best season for the Marlins came in 2003 when they won the World Series in six games over the New York Yankees! Lee played in 155 games for the Marlins in 2003 and he was 146 of 539 (.271 avg, .888 OPS) with 91 runs scored, 31 homers, 92 RBI and 21 stolen bases. Lee also played in 17 games in the post-season for the Marlins in 2003 and he was 15 of 72 (.208 avg) with 6 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Lee won a Gold Glove Award in 2003 and he finished 27th in the voting for the N.L. MVP Award. 2003 was Lee’s last season with the Marlins as the Cubs swooped in and signed him as a free agent that winter!
Derrek Lee is still #6 in Florida/Miami Marlins’ history with his 129 home runs! He is also still #23 in batting average (.264), #11 in OBP (.353), #10 in SLG (.469), #9 in OPS (.822), #6 in games played (844), #8 in runs scored (422), #9 in hits (746), #9 in doubles (159), tied for #9 in triples (18), #7 in RBI (417), tied for #6 in walks (363) and he is still #13 in stolen bases (51) in Marlins’ history!