Ichiro signing may be Marlins' final offseason move

Active in the Hot Stove, Miami optimistic about competing for playoff spot

Ichiro signing may be Marlins' final offseason move

MIAMI -- Their Hot Stove season started with the record-setting signing of Giancarlo Stanton, and adding Ichiro Suzuki on Wednesday likely capped a hectic offseason for the Marlins.

Not that the door is completely closed for business, but basically what you see from Miami is what you will get once Spring Training gets underway on Feb. 20 in Jupiter, Fla.

"You never say never, but I would say we're very happy with what we've been able to accomplish this offseason," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said.

The focus now for the front office is depth. If something makes sense, the club will consider its options. A year ago, for instance, Jeff Baker and Carlos Marmol reached big league deals on Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, respectively.

Marlins execs on adding Ichiro

If moves are to be made, they likely will be Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training. With 65 players already scheduled to report, there isn't room for much more.

Since Stanton signed on Nov. 19, the Marlins have made six trades, two major free-agent signings, one Rule 5 Draft pickup and one waiver claim.

Dee Gordon, Mat Latos, Dan Haren, Martin Prado, David Phelps, Aaron Crow, Andre Rienzo and Miguel Rojas all joined the squad through trades. Ichiro and Michael Morse are the significant free-agent signings. Preston Claiborne was claimed off waivers, and Andrew McKirahan was a Rule 5 Draft selection. All 12 could be on Miami's big league roster at some point this season.

Haren's situation remains a bit up in the air, because the right-hander has expressed a desire to pitch on the West Coast. However, the 34-year-old has informed the Marlins he will attend Spring Training.

Haren heading to Marlins' camp

If Haren isn't traded before the start of Spring Training, there are indications he won't be dealt before Opening Day. If the situation becomes a distraction, the club will act accordingly. The plan is for Haren to be part of the rotation.

Mixing the new pieces with the returning core has Miami optimistic about its chances of competing for a playoff spot.

Unless something else arises, the Marlins have concluded their big offseason business. Still, they are surveying the landscape, just in case.

"I would say, we're always flipping rocks, looking for the next deal," general manager Dan Jennings said.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.