Marlins on the lookout for help at shortstop

Marlins on the lookout for help at shortstop

MIAMI -- Starting pitching may be the Marlins' biggest offseason need, but when the Hot Stove season begins after the World Series ends, the organization likely will also be in the market for a shortstop.

The position has come into question due to rookie JT Riddle and Miguel Rojas each missing substantial time because of injuries. Both should be healthy for Spring Training, but neither has a track record of handling the position for an entire year at the big league level.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No AFL for Peters as Marlins change plans

No AFL for Peters as Marlins change plans

MIAMI -- The Arizona Fall League is providing opportunities for several Marlins prospects to gain more experience before Spring Training. Outfielder Braxton Lee, for instance, is representing Miami on the Salt River squad.

It had appeared that one of Lee's Double-A Jacksonville teammates, left-hander Dillon Peters, would be joining him in Arizona. But those plans changed when the Marlins ultimately decided the innings the 25-year-old threw in the big leagues as a September callup were enough, so he was shut him down for the offseason.

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New Marlins front office has decisions to make

New Marlins front office has decisions to make

MIAMI -- Since Derek Jeter took over as chief executive officer earlier this month, the Marlins have made one major announcement regarding the restructuring of the baseball side of the organization.

Gary Denbo was introduced last week as vice president of player development and scouting. While not much has been revealed publicly, behind closed doors, the new ownership regime has been busy sorting through all areas of the organization.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins evaluating roster with eye on future

Marlins evaluating roster with eye on future

MIAMI -- With owners Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter in place, the Marlins are going through an organizational transition. The new group is spending most of October evaluating each department and putting a front office in place.

When the Hot Stove season launches after the World Series, the big question will be: How many players from the 2017 roster will be part of the future in Miami?

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins' Arizona Fall League overview

Lee, Mooney hoping to take advantage of AFL opportunity

Marlins' Arizona Fall League overview

Neither Braxton Lee nor Peter Mooney would have guessed a year ago that they'd be finishing the 2017 season representing the Miami Marlins in the Arizona Fall League.

At that time, Lee, a 12th-round pick of the Rays in 2014, was coming off of an underwhelming Double-A campaign during which he batted .209/.269/.256 over 110 games with Montgomery. He fared considerably better this season back in Southern League, showing improved hitting ability and on-base skills to go along with his plus speed and plus-plus defense in center.

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Inbox: Are the Marlins planning to rebuild?

Beat reporter Joe Frisaro answers questions from fans

Inbox: Are the Marlins planning to rebuild?

What will the new ownership do to get the city and its citizens more invested in the team and get attendance up? -- @josi_elder

At his introductory news conference last week, Marlins chairman and principal owner Bruce Sherman said: "We have to engage the community. We recognize that. With Derek [Jeter]'s leadership, it's going to be a great opportunity to do that. We know it's a long-term process. We want to win [over] the community, and mostly the fans, not for just the short-term, but the long-term. This is a long process. We're prepared. We want to win."

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5 unsung achievements by Marlins in 2017

Miami can take pride in steady defense, Urena's 14 wins

5 unsung achievements by Marlins in 2017

MIAMI -- Creating a winning culture will be a process for the Marlins.

Whether the organization will rebuild or stick with the current core remains unclear. But despite finishing 77-85 and 20 games behind the Nationals in the National League East, the Marlins had plenty of individual accomplishments in 2017.

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Pitching, organizational depth biggest needs

Pitching, organizational depth biggest needs

MIAMI -- A new chapter in Marlins history is set to begin.

The group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter assumed ownership of the franchise from Jeffrey Loria last week, and it will be tasked with rebranding a franchise that has not had a winning season since 2009 or made the playoffs since '03. With change comes uncertainty, and until a clear vision is presented, it remains to be seen whether the club will stay the course or move the roster in another direction.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jeter lands Denbo from Yanks as 1st major hire

Named Marlins' VP of scouting and player development

Jeter lands Denbo from Yanks as 1st major hire

MIAMI -- The first significant hire by new Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter has a tie to the Yankees.

Miami on Tuesday announced Gary Denbo as its new vice president of scouting and player development. The 56-year-old is one of the main architects in building the Yankees' farm system into one of the deepest in the Major Leagues.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marlins outright Worley, Guerra, 2 others

Marlins outright Worley, Guerra, 2 others

MIAMI -- The first wave of roster moves has begun for the Marlins under the direction of new chief executive officer Derek Jeter.

The club on Saturday announced right-handers Vance Worley and Javy Guerra, along with infielder Tyler Moore and outfielder Destin Hood have been outrighted off the 40-man roster. The transactions reduce the roster to 36.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Benefit concert at Marlins Park to aid relief

SOMOS LIVE! will support Puerto Rico, South Florida, Carribean, Mexico

Benefit concert at Marlins Park to aid relief

The Marlins announced Friday they will host a benefit concert on Oct. 14 in an effort to support disaster relief for Puerto Rico, South Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico.

SOMOS LIVE!, which will be held at Marlins Park at 7 p.m. ET, will feature Marc Anthony, Camila, Gente de Zona, Nicky Jam, DJ Khaled, Prince Royce, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Daddy Yankee. Other celebrity appearances as part of a live broadcast from Los Angeles will include Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Selena Gomez, Ricky Martin, Demi Lovato, Adam Levine, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Sofia Vergara, Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Gina Rodriguez, Derek Hough, Paris Jackson, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner.

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Stanton finalist for 2 Players Choice awards

Marlins slugger up for NL Outstanding Player, MLB Player of the Year

Stanton finalist for 2 Players Choice awards

MIAMI -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton just wrapped up one of the best individual seasons in franchise history. His breakout year has drawn him consideration for a couple of prestigious Major League Players Choice Awards.

Stanton on Thursday was recognized as one of three finalists for National League Outstanding Player and MLB Player of the Year. The winners will be announced on MLB Network at 8 p.m. ET on Nov. 8.

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McKeon and Co. may return in new roles

Marlins special assistants part of franchise-wide evaluation by new ownership

McKeon and Co. may return in new roles

MIAMI -- Before formally becoming Marlins chief executive officer on Tuesday, Derek Jeter had already reached out to four of the most popular figures in the history of the franchise.

Jack McKeon, Andre Dawson, Tony Perez and Jeff Conine each spoke with Jeter about remaining with the Marlins. Under previous owner Jeffrey Loria, they all held special assistant titles.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jeter's sights had long been set on Marlins

New CEO plans to be hands-on to help club fulfill its potential

Jeter's sights had long been set on Marlins

MIAMI -- Owning a Major League club is something Derek Jeter thought about even as he was building Hall of Fame credentials as shortstop for the Yankees. The 43-year-old now welcomes the task of building a winner as a front-office executive.

Jeter on Tuesday was introduced as the Marlins' chief executive officer, with Bruce Sherman assuming the title of chairman and principal owner. They led a group that purchased the franchise from Jeffrey Loria for $1.2 billion.

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Letter from Derek Jeter to Marlins fans

New owner reflects on club in The Players' Tribune

Letter from Derek Jeter to Marlins fans

A letter from Derek Jeter, who is part of the Marlins' new ownership group. This appeared in The Players' Tribune, published on Oct. 3.

"Welcome to Miami. Bienvenidos a Miami."

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Anderson, Richards named top prospects

Anderson, Richards named top prospects

MIAMI -- From representing the hometown Marlins in July's SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game to making his MLB debut as a September call-up, Brian Anderson has made a splash this season.

Meanwhile, another homegrown prospect -- right-hander Trevor Richards -- has taken steps forward in the Minor Leagues this season and could be a rotation candidate out of Spring Training next year.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jeter's goal with Marlins is sustainable success

New CEO introduced with Sherman; evaluations to come in offseason

Jeter's goal with Marlins is sustainable success

MIAMI -- The new Marlins ownership group, led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, on Tuesday expressed a commitment to connecting and engaging with the Miami fan base along with building a sturdy organization.

"We believe in this market," Jeter said at a morning news conference at Marlins Park. "We believe in the fan base. We are focused on bringing the fans back. We want to build an organization that's sustainable over time. We're going to build this organization based on respect, integrity, honor. We're going to have hard work. I think those are always rewarded in the long run."

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton's season one for the record books

Slugger's historic homer barrage highlights Marlins' year

Stanton's season one for the record books

MIAMI -- The Marlins featured some of the greatest personal achievements in franchise history this season, but collectively, the club once again fell short of its postseason goal. For all the accolades Giancarlo Stanton received during his record-setting season, the team finished under .500 for the eighth straight year, and missed the postseason for the 14th straight time.

"When you look at the year, it's been a year of streaks," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "You think about the month of May, and the issues we had, and we really couldn't do anything well. We sort of fought our way out of it. Heading into September, we got to three games over .500, and then unfortunately, went on another bad run."

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No 60, but Stanton the HR, RBI king of 2017

While falling short of prestigious mark, Marlins slugger closes book on season for the ages

No 60, but Stanton the HR, RBI king of 2017

MIAMI -- Finishing with 59 home runs is no small consolation for Giancarlo Stanton.

With the eyes of the baseball world following his every at-bat on Sunday, Stanton had two hits in five at-bats and drove in a run, but he was unable to belt home run No. 60 in the Marlins' 8-5 season-ending loss to the Braves at Marlins Park. That closed the book on arguably the greatest individual season in the history of the Marlins.

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As Marlins finalize sale, questions abound

As Marlins finalize sale, questions abound

MIAMI -- For the final time in 2017, the Marlins players embraced and wished each other well as they prepared for what promises to be an offseason of uncertainty.

On Sunday, the Marlins lost, 8-5, to the Braves at Marlins Park, wrapping up a disappointing 77-85 season that featured some tremendous individual achievements. What's next is unclear.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton ends with 59 HRs; Fish fall to Braves

Stanton ends with 59 HRs; Fish fall to Braves

MIAMI -- History was put on hold in Giancarlo Stanton's quest to reach 60 home runs on Sunday. Instead, it was a three-run homer by pinch-hitter Adonis Garcia and Kurt Suzuki's two-run home run that helped propel the Braves to an 8-5 victory over the Marlins in the season finale at Marlins Park.

The main spotlight was on Stanton, who started in the leadoff spot for the first time in his career to guarantee as many at-bats as possible to assist his chances to hit his 60th home run. But Stanton ended up going 2-for-5 with an RBI single. His single in the third inning was clocked at 122.2 mph, which is the hardest base hit recorded since Statcast™ launched in 2015.

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Gordon holds off Hamilton for stolen base title

Gordon holds off Hamilton for stolen base title

MIAMI -- Dee Gordon was in the dugout when he heard the news.

Word traveled to the speedster quickly during the Marlins' 8-5 loss to the Braves on Sunday that Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton wasn't catching him. For the third time in the last four years, the speedy Gordon would be taking home the Major League stolen base crown after tallying 60 stolen bases.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Draft order set; Marlins to pick 13th

Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Reds follow Detroit in top five

Draft order set; Marlins to pick 13th

Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.

It came down to the final day of the season and both teams finished tied with 64-98 records. By virtue of the Tigers' .534 winning percentage in 2016 (the Giants finished that season at .537), they get the first pick. Detroit has had the No. 1 pick just once before, taking Matt Anderson in 1997.

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Marlins use coaching staff of players in finale

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Marlins use coaching staff of players in finale

Without any postseason implications, the last day of the season can be a great time to experiment and have some fun. The Marlins did just that against the Braves on Sunday when veteran catcher A.J. Ellis took the helm as the team's manager. He was assisted by Martin Prado as bench coach and Odrisamer Despaigne as pitching coach.

With no firsthand managerial experience, Ellis sought to learn from the best, even if it came in a late-night cramming session. "I watched a lot of movies last night," he told MLB.com's Patrick Pinak. "I watched 'Little Big League' and I watched 'Bull Durham.' I watched 'For Love of the Game.' ... Lou Brown from 'Major League.' So I'm picking up a lot of tips from some pretty accomplished managers."

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Chen does not require surgery on elbow

Left-hander will receive PRP shot, should be ready for Spring Training

Chen does not require surgery on elbow

MIAMI -- The Marlins received some encouraging news regarding Wei-Yin Chen, who will not need surgery after being shut down due to a sore left elbow.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache recently examined Chen in Los Angeles, and a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) shot was recommended.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dietrich homers, Despaigne goes 7 in victory

Dietrich homers, Despaigne goes 7 in victory

MIAMI -- With the focus on Giancarlo Stanton's quest for 60 home runs on Saturday night, the supporting cast stole the spotlight in the Marlins' 10-2 win over the Braves at Marlins Park.

Dee Gordon collected three hits and scored twice, while Derek Dietrich belted a three-run homer and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne allowed just two runs in seven innings in Miami's third straight win over Atlanta. Miguel Rojas notched four hits and fell a home run shy of the cycle.

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Gordon, Stanton become 1st 60-50 teammates

Speedster has 60 stolen bases, slugger has 59 homers

Gordon, Stanton become 1st 60-50 teammates

MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon became the first pair of teammates in Major League history to notch 50 home runs and 60 stolen bases in a season, respectively, on Saturday night.

Stanton clobbered his 50th homer long ago, but Gordon entered Saturday's 10-2 win over the Braves at Marlins Park with 58 steals. He swiped his 59th bag off Lucas Sims in the second inning before stealing his MLB-leading 60th off Luke Jackson in the third.

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Patrick Pinak is a reporter for MLB.com based in Miami. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton, Ozuna make for historic RBI duo

While Big G eyes HR lore, he and fellow outfielder 1st teammates since '05 to both drive in 120

Stanton, Ozuna make for historic RBI duo

MIAMI -- A Marlins franchise RBI record that stood for nearly 17 seasons has now been passed by not just one, but two All-Star outfielders. Giancarlo Stanton has company with more than 121 runs batted in on the season.

Marcell Ozuna drove in three runs and Stanton padded his team lead with an RBI single on Friday in Miami's 6-5 comeback win over the Braves at Marlins Park.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.