Since becoming a big league pitching sensation in 2013, Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has typically been at his best at home. Off the field, Fernandez recently stepped up and pitched in to give back to the home community. The right-hander assisted in the organization’s annual turkey distribution last Friday at Marlins Park.
Tommy Hutton, the popular television color analyst for the Marlins, will not be returning to Fox Sports Florida in 2016. After 19 years in the booth, the team and network are moving in another direction.
If not for a strained left hamstring that caused shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to miss the final month of the season, the Marlins just might have struck gold twice.
The Marlins added some catching depth by signing Adrian Nieto to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. A switch-hitter, Nieto appeared in 48 games for the White Sox in 2014.
Henderson Alvarez, the Marlins’ Opening Day starter who underwent right shoulder surgery in July, is now a free agent after being non-tendered by the club on Wednesday.
Robert Llera, a catcher on the Gulf Coast League Marlins, on Wednesday was suspended 60-games without pay for being in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The Marlins, in the market for bullpen depth, claimed hard-throwing right-hander Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Phillies on Wednesday afternoon. The 26-year-old made his Major League debut and appeared in four big league games in 2015.
Amid all the speculation that the Marlins may move Marcell Ozuna, the organization has brought in some outfield depth, as Justin Maxwell has agreed to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Spring Training.
All signs point to the right fielder Giancarlo Stanton swinging the bat pain-free, which is about as encouraging as any offseason news the Marlins have been able to enjoy this offseason.
Mike Strong, once a Top 20 prospect with the Brewers, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Monday afternoon. Miami’s 40-man roster is now at 38.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly has assembled a high-profile staff headlined by Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader, Barry Bonds, who was named hitting coach on Friday, with Frank Menechino returning as assistant hitting coach.