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Ely Sussman

Marlins trade Adonis Giron, Brayan De Paula to Astros for even MORE international bonus pool space

Two Dominican teenagers coming off solid seasons were the latest assets to be flipped in the Marlins’ quest to build MLB’s largest bonus pool. This positions them to make the highest bid for Víctor Víctor Mesa.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Marlins announced their third—and possibly, final—international bonus pool-related trade this month. As initially reported by Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, they’re sending outfielder Adonis Giron and left-hander Brayan De Paula to the Astros for an...

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Marlins pass O's in int'l bonus money after trade

With their sights set on signing three coveted Cuban prospects, the Marlins on Tuesday made yet another trade to increase their chances, dealing Minor Leaguers Adonis Giron and Brayan de Paula to the Astros for an undisclosed amount of international bonus pool money.

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Ely Sussman

Marlins links, 10/16/18: New logo, new first baseman, offseason player updates

We want your thoughts on a reported change to the Marlins brand and a new article series on Fish Stripes.

New ownership, new logo!

We knew this was coming eventually. Andy Slater of 640 The Hurricane reports that the Marlins will introduce a different logo in November.

The details he’s been able to confirm so far:

A new font for the “M” More blue in the color scheme An “adjusted” look to the marlin Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images Enjoy it while you can

Under Derek...

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David Phillips

Will the Marlins spend even less in 2019?

The Fish could easily be MLB’s thriftiest franchise come next season.

With 2018 in the books, we here at Fish Stripes are busy thinking about what the team will look like next season. Among the most important considerations, of course, is payroll. After the Jeter group took over, it gutted both the team and payroll in its first offseason of ownership, lowering the total to $91,817,860, according to Spotrac. That figure was good for 26th out of the 30 Major League teams.

But will the...

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David Phillips

Will the Marlins spend even less in 2019?

The Fish could easily be MLB’s thriftiest franchise come next season.

With 2018 in the books, we here at Fish Stripes are busy thinking about what the team will look like next season. Among the most important considerations, of course, is payroll. After the Jeter group took over, it gutted both the team and payroll in its first offseason of ownership, lowering the total to $91, 817, 860, according to Spotrac. That figure was good for 26th out of the 30 Major League teams.

But will the...

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Here's how O'Brien made Marlins take notice

In mid-August, when the Marlins' front office was deciding September callup candidates, Peter O'Brien was not at the top of its list. Now, the 28-year-old South Florida native who attended the University of Miami projects to be one of the frontrunners to enter Spring Training as the Marlins' everyday first baseman.

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Ely Sussman

Marlins fall/winter update, Oct. 9-14

Jordan Yamamoto shines, Magneuris Sierra dances, and much more from the Marlins involved in offseason pro baseball.

A new Monday tradition for the next few months, we’ll do a roundup of storylines, stats and highlights from Marlins players who are staying active this offseason. That includes the top prospects showcasing their skills in the Arizona Fall League, but think internationally, too—the organization has several hispanic players getting extra reps in their home countries.

All the...

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Ely Sussman

Latest news and rumors on Marlins’ pursuit of Víctor Víctor Mesa

One more minor trade should move the Fish ahead of the Baltimore Orioles in terms of international bonus pool size, ensuring they can outbid any other MLB team for the Cuban free agent.

Five months since Víctor Víctor Mesa and his brother, Víctor Mesa Jr., left Cuba to pursue major league contracts, and one month since MLB officially declared them eligible to sign as international amateur free agents, the Marlins are finally closing in.

Miami’s main competition for the 22-year-old...

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Marlins trim 40-man roster, eye top prospects

The organization announced it had outrighted right-handers Javy Guerra, Tyler Cloyd and James Needy, lefty Chris O'Grady, along with outfielder Rafael Oretga and utility player Christopher Bostick to Triple-A New Orleans.

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Fish Stripes Staff

Fish Stripes Staff Roundtable: Víctor Víctor, 2018 rookies, 2019 rotation, Realmuto’s future

With 11 different Marlins writers giving their takes, you’re bound to find somebody you disagree with.

Five questions, 11 perspectives, one article. Welcome to the first installment of the Fish Stripes Staff Roundtable (working title ‘til we come up with something more clever). Every few months, I’ll cook up some compelling topics concerning the present and future of the Marlins—or baseball in general—and ask the crew to weigh in.

The following responses have been lightly edited. ...

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Here's what Marlins did in the AFL on Thursday

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday.

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Marlins close gap on O's in int'l bonus money

After completing two trades in less than a week, the Marlins have significantly closed the gap on the Orioles for having the most international bonus pool dollars to spend on international free agents.

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Mitchell Custer

You still need quality starting pitchers to win the World Series

#Bullpenning ain’t it, Chief

Unorthodox pitcher usage was taken to a new extreme during the 2018 MLB season.

Most famously, the Tampa Bay Rays went all in on the concept of The Opener. Someone smarter than me logged onto the ol’ Baseball Reference dot com and found out that in every year since 2014, the inning that yielded the most runs was the first inning. Whereas the closer, the save, and preserving a pitcher for the ninth had all gone by the wayside, it now became completely fair to...

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Pipeline names Marlins' Prospects of the Year

At the beginning of Spring Training, Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter delivered a message to the players at every level of the organization. It was direct and to the point -- performance would be rewarded. OF Austin Dean and RHP Nick Neidert took it to heart, and subsequently were rewarded by MLB Pipeline as the Marlin's Minor League Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year.

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Ely Sussman

Brad Ziegler retires after 11 MLB seasons

Converting to a “submarine” delivery in his mid-20s allowed Ziegler to thrive against the best players in the world for more than a decade.

On Wednesday, his 39th birthday, former Marlins right-hander Brad Ziegler announced his retirement from baseball.

The note posted to Ziegler’s Twitter account reflects on the adversity he faced early on. A 20th-round draft pick of the Phillies in 2003, he was released after just six innings of game action. The journey to his eventual major league...

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Marlins' greatest postseason moment: '97 Series

To kick off the first week of postseason play, this week we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

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Nationals acquire reliever Kyle Barraclough from Marlins

Miami received international slot money in the deal.

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Marlins trade reliever Kyle Barraclough to Nationals, adding to international spending budget

The Marlins are angling to make a splash in the international market

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Ely Sussman

Marlins trade Kyle Barraclough to Nationals for international bonus pool money

Alternate headline: “Marlins trade Barraclough and Ryan Lillie for Víctor Víctor Mesa.” It’s all about Víctor Víctor.

Wednesday’s trade with the Washington Nationals involving reliever Kyle Barraclough is the latest development in the Marlins’ pursuit of three Cuban international free agents. Like Barraclough, right-handed pitching prospect Ryan Lillie was dealt to the Reds last Saturday for international bonus pool money.

Heading into his first year of arbitration eligibility...

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Marlins trade closer Kyle Barraclough to Nationals

The MLB Playoffs are not even half over, and we’re already looking at the first moves of what promises to be an eventful winter. For the downtrodden Miami Marlins, that hopefully includes adding international sensation Victor Victor Mesa. On Wednesday, they might have taken the next step to that becoming a reality. The Marlins announced that they have traded closer Kyle Barraclough to the division-rival Washington Nationals for international bonus pool money. Not only does this increase...

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