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.
He’s worn pinstripes with the Yankees and been cloaked in Dodger blue. In the next chapter of his baseball life, Don Mattingly wants to be part of making the Marlins fashionable in Miami.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly met with the media Wednesday at the Winter Meetings.
Marlins president David Samson said Tuesday the club is awaiting approval on the necessary permits to begin construction, which could take place as early as next month. Once the paperwork is in order, the fences will be moved in and lowered in certain sections of the outfield.
After two days of non-stop speculation, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill on Wednesday hoped he put to rest the stream of rumors that Jose Fernandez was going to be traded.
The Marlins may not have completed any deals at the Winter Meetings, but they were among the busiest teams in the Rule 5 Draft. The club selected RHP Patrick Johnson and C Maxx Tissenbaum, and lost seven players to other teams in the Triple-A phase.
Jeff Mathis, a valued clubhouse leader and dependable backup catcher, has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Marlins. Mathis will earn $1.5 million, the same figure he made in 2015.
Turning the early portion of the Winter Meetings into the Jose Fernandez Sweepstakes was never the Marlins’ intention. It just happened to play out that way as the club spent nearly 48 straight hours fielding calls from roughly 20 teams interested in the All-Star right-hander.