Marlins All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna has cemented himself as a complete player. The 26-year-old now has the hardware to prove it.
Derek Jeter, a five-time World Series champion shortstop with the Yankees and one of the best players of his generation, is now taking on the challenge of molding the Marlins into a contender as an owner.
Free agents are now eligible to sign with other clubs, which means the Marlins likely will cut ties with outfielder Ichiro Suzuki and perhaps backup catcher A.J. Ellis.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday revealed its three MVP finalists, and Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is on the list, joined by Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto. The winner will be announced Nov. 16.
A lingering left elbow injury has raised doubts about how often Wei-Yin Chen will be available to pitch for the Marlins in 2018. But on Sunday, the 32-year-old clarified his contract situation for next year.
Braxton Lee represents the Marlins in the Arizona Fall League’s 12th annual Fall Stars Game tonight at 8 ET. Watch live as the best prospects in the AFL square off on MLB Network and MLB.com.
Starting pitching is the Marlins’ top offseason priority, and the organization may not have to look past its own roster for a viable candidate.
Ichiro Suzuki’s tenure with the Marlins appears to be coming to an end. The Marlins on Friday declined their $2 million club option for 2018 on the 44-year-old outfielder, who has compiled Hall of Fame-worthy credentials across 17 Major League seasons.
Miguel Del Pozo, a hard-throwing left-hander who is coming back from elbow surgery, was added to the Marlins’ 40-man roster on Thursday.
The Marlins enter the Hot Stove season with plenty of burning issues. At the top of the list for the new ownership group, headed by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, is whether to retain the core or look to rebuild.
The World Series concluded on Wednesday night with the Astros defeating the Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7. On Thursday, the Marlins launched into the offseason by announcing their 2018 Spring Training schedule.