The Marlins have big hopes for the “Big Bear.” Marcell Ozuna, Miami’s “Big Bear,” is primed to break loose in 2016. At least the Marlins are hopeful that this will be the season he taps into his potential.
Manager Don Mattingly announced Jake Esch as his starting pitcher for the Marlins’ first exhibition on Tuesday against the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium.
Marlins closer A.J. Ramos is being eased into Spring Training as a precaution due to a strained right calf.
Edwin Jackson will be competing for a rotation spot in Spring Training, but as a fallback, the 32-year-old right-hander could also serve in a long-relief role.
Whether Giancarlo Stanton bats third or fourth in the Marlins’ order, the challenge manager Don Mattingly faces is making sure his most feared hitter is protected.
Martin Prado is one of the most respected players, not just on the Marlins, but around the league. Prado brings so much professionally, but manager Don Mattingly quickly points out the veteran infielder is still productive.
A group of eight Marlins players spent their spare time Thursday at the Honda Classic mingling with some special guests. They were on hand to show their appreciation for those who have served their country.
Unless you are an established core regular on the Marlins, be prepared to show some flexibility. Manager Don Mattingly, the coaching staff and the front office are watching to see how much each player can do.
What’s already assembled is basically the pitching options the Marlins intend to stick with in Spring Training. There’s a chance another signing could be made, but it’s not a high priority.
With little fanfare, the Marlins opened full-squad workouts on Tuesday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium with a simple message — earn what you get
First things first, Chris Johnson and Jose Fernandez buried the hatchet a long time ago. Their September 2013 dustup, when they were jawing at each other after Fernandez bat-flipped and admired a home run at Marlins Park, is a distant memory and won’t be a distraction now that the two are teammates.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly long has been a fan of Ichiro Suzuki, who enters the 2016 season, his second in Miami, needing 65 hits to reach 3,000 for his Major League career.