Tag:Florida Marlins
Posted on: April 30, 2009 3:18 pm
Edited on: April 30, 2009 3:38 pm

Stark On Holliday, Relievers, Relocation

The latest from ESPN's Jayson Stark...

  • Stark compared 2009 April attendance to 2008, excluding the New York teams given their new stadiums.  He found virtually no change, overall.  One anonymous agent complained that Bud Selig "overdramatized the potential financial losses so as to limit and to artificially control spending on free agency."
  • The Royals may need a bat, but Stark says they're unwilling to discuss any of their best or most advanced prospects in trades.
  • Stark talked to one exec about Billy Beane's Matt Holliday situation.  If Holliday's power outage continues, could he become a July salary-dump candidate?  If the A's keep him all year, will they risk offering him arbitration?  And is Holliday headed toward a one-year "redeem yourself" deal on the free agent market?
  • Stark says the Marlins would love to add a late-inning reliever via trade.  He runs through possible relief trade candidates.  In addition to the players I listed on Tuesday, Stark mentions Alan Embree, Octavio Dotel, Matt Thornton, Tom Gordon, Eddie Guardado, and Ron Mahay.  The Phillies are also in the market.
  • Remember the Zack Greinke trade rumors of years past?  Stark talked to one exec who says Royals GM Dayton Moore never wanted to trade him.
  • If, down the road, the A's or Rays have to relocate, Stark says San Antonio, Las Vegas, and Mexico were the locations MLB was considering in reference to the Marlins. 
Posted on: April 29, 2009 3:25 pm

Nationals Acquire Logan Kensing

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Nationals acquired recently-designated reliever Logan Kensing from the Marlins for minor league reliever Kyle Gunderson.  Gunderson was drafted out of Rice in '07.

Kensing, 26, was designated for assignment by Florida after just 7.3 innings this year.  Last year, he logged 55.3 innings with a 4.23 ERA, struggling with his control.  He had Tommy John surgery in August of 2006.

Posted on: April 27, 2009 11:14 am
Edited on: April 27, 2009 2:21 pm

Odds & Ends: Perez, D'Backs, Baez

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Posted on: April 26, 2009 9:27 am

Logan Kensing Designated For Assignment

According to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, Marlins reliever Logan Kensing was designated for assignment after last night's game.  The 26 year-old had given up runs in four of his six appearances on the young season.  Kensing had Tommy John surgery back in September of 2006.  He throws around 93 mph, so the Marlins should be able to find a trade partner.

Category: MLB
Posted on: April 24, 2009 3:29 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2009 5:33 pm

Marlins Claim Dave Davidson

According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have claimed minor league left-hander Dave Davidson off waivers from the Pirates. The Marlins immediately optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans. He was designated for assignment by the Pirates on April 15.

Davidson, 25, went 4-2 with a 3.34 ERA as a reliever for Double-A Altoona last season.

Posted on: April 23, 2009 2:49 pm
Edited on: April 27, 2009 2:42 pm

Stark's Latest: Halladay, Vlad, Magglio

Jayson Stark's most recent column over at ESPN.com is absolutely chock-full of rumors and information...

  • Marlins president David Samson doesn't anticipate the Marlins ever implementing a fire sale again.  "We've put ourselves in a position, with salaries and the performance we're getting from players at a young age, that we don't have to do that anymore," said Samson.  The new stadium should help with attendance, which should in turn help with payroll.
  • Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi doesn't see his club trading Roy Halladay this season.  "I still don't see us doing it," said Ricciardi.  "I know ownership doesn't want to do it.  And I don't think, in my gut, that Doc really wants to be anywhere else."
  • Some MLB officials believe Vladimir Guerrero's recent pectoral injury could severely affect his free agent value this offseason.  "He could be a $1 million player in a year, with $4 million in incentives," said an unnamed official of one team.  "He's a tough guy to commit to."
  • Pedro Martinez continues to demand a $5 million paycheck.  It's doubtful any team, no matter how desperate, would commit to that price.
  • Some folks in the baseball world think Magglio Ordonez might be made available near the trade deadline.  Magglio has vesting options for 2010 and 2011, however, which could complicate a potential deal.
  • Teams are also tracking a few other Tigers players, including Carlos Guillen and Placido Polanco.
Posted on: April 17, 2009 2:40 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2009 5:50 pm

Odds & Ends: Bonifacio, Jimenez, Darvish

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Posted on: April 15, 2009 9:30 am
Edited on: April 15, 2009 10:34 am

Rosenthal On Penny, Bay, Brandon Wood

The latest from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports...

  • Rosenthal suggests Cecil Cooper of the Astros may be the first manager fired; he says the team's veterans "do not care for Cooper."  He's in the last year of his contract.
  • With a comeback season for the Red Sox, Brad Penny could be in line for a lucrative free agent deal after the season.  One executive told Rosenthal Penny had the least amount of structural issues in his arm compared to similar free agents last winter.
  • The Red Sox are said to be "maintaining a quiet dialogue" with Jason Bay, who is eligible for free agency after the season.  Rosenthal says there's no acrimony or deadline; the sides are just trying to determine Bay's value.  It's a tricky calculation for corner outfielders, and the market will be flush after the season.
  • Angels infielder Brandon Wood appears big league ready.  Will the Angels trade Chone Figgins this summer to make room, or at least let Figgins leave as a free agent after the season?  There are plenty of ways to sort out the situation, but Wood deserves to play.
  • Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, signed out of the Venezuelan winter league, drew strong praise from one scout.
  • One scout had this to say regarding Emilio Bonifacio: "He's just a guy."
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